Monday, September 2, 2013

September - Tomato Pies, Family Style Eating, and Fun Updates-

     It's that time of the year for most gardeners who grow tomatoes...lots of green ones that don't seem to ripen, or green ones still on the vine and in danger of a  night of frost (depending on where you live.) 
     Many of us have heard of, Fried Green Tomatoes.  Well, there's another way to use up those green a pie. Yep. Green Tomato Pie.
     The Amish love to bake, and pies are a staple in many homes. One of their many creative recipes is: Tomato Pie...both for green or red.  (The green tomato pie tastes similar to an apple pie.)
     So, whether you need to use up green or red tomatoes, here are three recipes to try...

Amish Green Tomato Pie #1 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

    9 in. double crust (you can make it or buy prepared crust. Cut the top of crust into strips to make a lattice topping if desired.)

 3 cups green tomatoes sliced thin
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Prepare crust for a 9 in. double crust pie
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Filling:
  • Put in bowl, 3 cups green tomatoes sliced thin, cover with boiling water, let set 10 min.
  • Drain, put in pie shell.
  • Add brown sugar, molasses,water,flour,cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Cover with a top crust - cur a small hole in the center to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake at 350 degrees, 45 min. to an hour

Green Tomato Pie #2                                                         

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
About 1 1/4 pound very green tomatoes-not pink
Slice tomatoes in half and then with cut sides down, slice the halves very thinly (about 4 cups very thinly sliced).
3/4 cup seedless raisins, plumped
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour
1 or 2 tablespoons fine dry bread or cracker crumbs.
2 tablespoons margarine or butter

Cut tomatoes in half and slice them almost paper thin. I keep raisins soaking in a little rum in a jar, so they are always plump. You could pour boiling water over them in a sieve to plump up if you don't want to use rum.
Drain well.
Put tomatoes, raisins and rind in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and vinegar.
Mix sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt and flour in a small bowl.
Line a large pie pan with dough. Sprinkle crumbs over bottom. Sprinkle about 1/3 cup of the sugar mixture over the crumbs.
Stir the rest of the sugar mixture into the tomatoes and heap into pan.
Dot with small pieces of the butter and top with crust.
Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes, then at 325 degrees F for 50 minutes more.

Amish Red Tomato Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2 cups Bisquick  mixed into 2/3 c milk. (Use the gluten-free kind if you don’t eat wheat.)

Mix together and spread it out evenly in a 10″ pie pan.

Stir together:
1 lb grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. sweet dried basil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. oregano

Divide 1 1/2 cup  mayonnaise (you could substitute this with olive oil, dressing, Veganaise, etc. The Amish make their own mayonnaise)

Peel and slice 6 tomatoes

    In layers, over the Bisquick mix, place tomato slices,  and seasonings/cheese mixture, then spread a portion of the mayonnaise. Continue until all ingredients are used up, ending with a layer of cheese mix.
Bake 350 for about 35 min. until biscuit crust is done. Serve hot or cold.
    Be creative and come up with your own tomato pie recipes. Or find others online.  Betty Crocker has a wonderful Tomato Basil Pie, very similar to this one.  Go to:

     When Amish families and friends gather for meals they often sit together at long tables. Whether for the common meal after church, at frolics, or family gatherings. 
       This month, why not have a 'family style' lunch or dinner at your place? Whether with family, friends, co-workers, or a mix of all your favorite people. Include children too. They'll love the spread of tasty foods and the company of other children at the meal, esp. for the dessert. 
You can 'theme' it as an Amish family style meal. Spread a checked tablecloth over a long folding table or your dining room table. Place all the cooked fare in the center in a row, so folks can pass the food around.  Do the same with dessert. A variety of pies and a couple bowls of whipped cream will do fine.  If you like how this turns out, do the same around holiday time when you're apt to have more guests at the table. 
    And if you just have a few family members or friends, three of four people, no worries.  Prepare a smaller version and enjoy the sharing of a meal all laid out on the table. 
    If you'd like to eat at a Family Style Restaurant in the Amish area of PA. I recommend: Good and Plenty, in Lancaster, PA. Be sure you're hungry, because they'll be platters and platters of food. And you'll want to leave room for dessert.

     Well, it's back to school for most children and college students this month, so on with our PA Dutch words and meanings for this month:   
Kronk or krank - sick. "Are you feeling krank?"
Wutz - pig. "He eats like a little wutz."
Koos - kiss. "Did you get a koos from her?"
A couple expressions:  "I'd like some dippy." 'Dippy' means dressing or gravy. And 'Dippy Eggs' are eggs you can dip your bread into. Our version of over easy fried eggs.
"It's making down hard." Raining heavily. "Maybe we get a gust."  A thunderstorm.

Amish Reading Suggestion for Sept.- Since this is a back-to-school month, this novel seems perfect.  PARADISE VALLEY (The Daughters of Caleb Bender series. Book #1) by Dale Cramer. From
    An Amish settlement in Ohio has run afoul of a law requiring their children to attend public school. Caleb Bender and his neighbors are arrested for neglect, with the state ordering the children be placed in an institution. Among them are Caleb's teenage daughter, Rachel, and the boy she has her eye on, Jake Weaver. Romance blooms between the two when Rachel helps Jake escape the children's home.
     Searching for a place to relocate his family where no such laws apply, Caleb learns there's inexpensive land for sale in Mexico, a place called Paradise Valley. Despite rumors of instability in the wake of the Mexican revolution, the Amish community decides this is their answer. And since it was Caleb's idea, he and his family will be the pioneers. They will send for the others once he's established a foothold and assessed the situation.
    Caleb's daughters are thrown into turmoil. Rachel doesn't want to leave Jake. Her sister, Emma, who has been courting Levi Mullet, fears her dreams of marriage will be dashed. Miriam has never had a beau and is acutely aware there will be no prospects in Mexico.

TV:  The ongoing Saga of, Breaking Amish, LA. continues with a new episode each Sunday night at on TLC.  

New episodes of, Amish Mafia, continue on Tuesday nights on the Disc. channel at 9p.m.

      Nat'l Geo Adventure:
Living With The Amish - Leaving their mobile phones, Facebook accounts and partying behind, six troublesome British teenagers are heading to Ohio and Pennsylvania to see what they can learn from six weeks of hard work and simple living with the Amish community.
Next Showing on Nat Geo Adventure:
Monday, 16 September at 7:30pm  NOTE: (Not sure yet if this is for 2013 - will update if it is not.)
Next month, stay tuned for another visit to Stone Arabia, for some autumn scenery in the Amish community of Montgomery County, NY.

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