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I Gave Away My First Peach Pie…and Back to Mayo

Ever since last week when I showed Tony a peach pie that I saw on Pinterest, and he declared it one of his favorite pies, I’ve seen peach pies everywhere!   I was drawn to Natasha’s Perfect Peach Pie for a number of reasons.  First off, she used butter and cream cheese in her pastry crust.  Huh.  And I was also drawn to the lattice top of her pie.  I’ve never done that before.

So on Sunday morning while Tony was resting, I got bizzy on making him a peach pie.  First of all, I do have a couple tips when making a pie crust that’s worked for me in the past.  About 30 minutes before I was ready to start, I put my butter in the freezer, along with the mixing blade of my food processor.  When it got time to incorporate the butter, I simply shred the frozen butter with my cheese grater, and without touching the butter with my hands (well, other than to grate it!) I put it straight into my food processor with the cold blade and mix it all together.  The more you keep the butter cold, the flakier the crust turns out to be.  And I just mix the dough until it starts to pull away from the sides.  And, I didn’t have any heavy whipping cream, so my 3 tablespoons of liquid was vanilla flax milk.

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Peaches were on sale for .79 cents a pound.  I had to really pick through them to find really ripe ones.  Um, either I grabbed from the wrong pile or they were stocked wrong.  Somehow I got all Georgia peaches and two white California peaches!  I just blanche the peaches for about a minute and the skin can easily be pulled apart with your fingers.  I cut away any brown parts.

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Then I tossed the peaches with the remaining ingredients – lemon juice, flour, sugar, nutmeg and salt.

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The directions said to make 15 long strips for the lattice, saving the longer ones for the middle of the pie pan. I really had to jam all the peaches into the pie pan!

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Not gonna lie – the lattice topping took me a few minutes to grasp.  I had Natasha’s step by step photos to help me though!  And at this point I may or may not have had a shit ton of flour on my pants.  I need to wear an apron more often.

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Then I brushed it with an egg wash.  The only thing I did differently was to add some course sugar to the top of my pie before baking.  It baked at 425 for 20 minutes, then reduced the temp to 375 where it cooked for 35 minutes more.

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The one thing that Natasha said was to let the pie rest at least two hours to let the juices settle so the pie would set up before slicing.  Not going to lie, that took a lot to keep passing by that pie and not cut into it!  And I continued on with my other cooking, etc., and every time I came into the kitchen and saw the pie I thought to myself “I can’t believe I made that!”

Sadly, Tony didn’t have much of an appetite on Sunday.  So we didn’t cut into it.  Yesterday we made the call to the cardiologist at Mayo to determine what the next step was.  We had a consult with him scheduled for late this afternoon, but we didn’t want to make the trip if it was just going to tell us he might need heart surgery, but they couldn’t schedule it for a week or more.  Well, turns out he has to have more tests to pinpoint the exact problem with his heart.  We have a test this afternoon and then have the consult and will go from there.

Only one tiny problem.  Our lawn needed to be mowed.  I didn’t want Tony trying to help me get the riding mower out of the shed.  I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve literally only cut my grass five times in 14 years – and the last time was at least 6 or 7 years ago.  I had the idea of asking my neighbor if I could borrow his push mower and Tony suggested that I give the pie away.  No sense leaving it at home if we weren’t going to be here.  And Tony doesn’t like to eat different things if we are going to be in a car for 5 hours.

So I gave my very first peach pie away.  But I know it won’t be my last.  And once you do the lattice topping, it’s quite easy.  I am just anxious to hear how the pie tasted!

So after mowing the lawn, I went and got gas in the car, got cash, picked up a hot dog and fries for dinner, then after watching MasterChef (love that show!) I packed us both up and loaded up the car with everything that I could that we didn’t need this morning.  Shouldn’t take me more than 5 minutes to put the rest of the stuff in the car.  My cooler is packed – you’ll be happy to know that I didn’t bring a shit ton of condiments and canned goods with me this time!

And exciting news!!  Remember that recipe contest that I entered for Extended Stay America?   When I was waiting for our hot dogs, I was reading my email and scrolled down to read this:

We are the judging organization handling the Away From Home Cooking Recipe Contest and we’re pleased to inform you that your entry of Pan seared Pork Chops with Spinach Apple Honey Mustard Sauce and Rosemary New Potatoes was one of the top-scoring recipes and you have been declared a Finalist. Congratulations!

Eek!  Starting the week of July 22 oops July 28 through August 15, there will be a place to vote.  The top two recipes that get the most votes will be considered “fan favorites” and automatically get to the finale cook off.  Two other recipes will be hand picked by the judges.  The email also asked that I have to confirm that I will be available the weekend of September 15 in New York to participate in the final cook-off.  How cool is that??!!

Alright, time to get the rest of our stuff together and shower.  We leave in 30 minutes!   You can follow me along in Instagram “mybizzykitchen.”

Thanks for your continued good thoughts and prayers too – hugs!

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  • Thekitchwitch
    July 22, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Congrats! So excited for you!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Dana! 😀

  • Sara
    July 22, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Congrats!! And, that pie looks amazing!!

  • Jacky
    July 22, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Safe travels and congrats on making it to the next round on the recipe contest.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Jacky – you can just let your daughter know that your “famous” friend is going to be even more famous. HA! 😀

  • Lynne
    July 22, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Safe travels and congratulations on the contest! I’ll be thinking of you both today and praying for the best.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      As soon as I hit the Wisconsin border Lynne I think of you! 😀

  • Gail
    July 22, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Congrats…the 22nd is today, so be sure and let us know where we can vote! And positive thoughts go with you and Tony today.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Oops! Nice catch – the voting actually starts next Monday, July 28 – I will keep you posted – hugs!

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    July 22, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Nice on the recipe contest. You have so many blogging buds, you’ll be a shoe in! That meal sounds awesome too.

    Love, love, love peaches but have never made a pie. I have never even made a pie crust. I do easy things like peach crisp. This looks amazing. I envy the person you were able to give it to. 🙂

    Hope the mayo goes well again.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      If you have a food processor Debbi, you can totally make a crust – just throw everything in, chill the dough for an hour before baking to make sure the crust is cold, and you are golden! 😀

  • M.J. Jacobsen
    July 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Yea, that’s very exciting news!! I usually don’t bake a lot, maybe I’ll give it a try tho. 🙂
    Have a safe trip, you two are in my prayers. Hugs!!!!!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks M.J.! I appreciate it! 😀

  • Kym
    July 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Congrats, I knew your recipe would rock. I can’t believe you gave away the pie 🙁 You should have gave it to your neighbor in exchange for them mowing your grass I would mow grass for pie. 🙂 Hope all goes well and you both are back home with a plan to recovery soon.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Ha – okay Kym, next time you are in the NW suburbs of Chicago, I’ll pay you to mow my lawn with peach pie! 😀

      • Kym
        July 23, 2014 at 8:44 am

        Deal!

  • Kym
    July 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

    PS don’t forget to let us all know where to place our vote!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      I’ll let you know as soon as I find out – probably on July 28 😀

  • Karli
    July 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Great looking pie!!! I’m so happy for you–about being a finalist. You deserve it!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks Karli! I guess after quitting my restaurant job, entering recipe contests will be my second income! 😀 And it actually has worked out since we’ve been back and forth to Mayo – the stress of having someone to cover my shift would have been too much.

  • Shelley B
    July 22, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Lucky neighbor!!!

    Hope things go well with this trip. And big congrats at being a finalist!!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks Shelley!

  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    July 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Man-so much to say! I would have happily mowed your lawn, just for that peach pie. And I miss being able to pick up a dog and fries for dinner. Not many places like that here. And third- you rock. There is always a silver lining for you. I just know you are going to win that contest. Super! Duper! Have a safe trip.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I agree – while things are stressful, I have to continue to look at the bright side of things.

  • Heather
    July 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Yay! So exciting about the recipe contest!!!
    And I think I may be the only person in this world who doesn’t like peaches. Nothing about them – the texture, the flavor, the smell – it all makes me gag. But, apple pie??? Bring it on! 🙂
    Good luck at Mayo – praying for good news for you guys………..!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Okay – if and when we eventually meat up Heather in Cleveland (not only to see you but I have to visit Michael Symon’s restaurants!) I will bring you my killer apple pie – made with Fuji apples that are sweet and hold their consistency. 😀

      If I ever won the lottery I would visit all my blog friends and bring them gifts of salsa, homemade bread, and pies! 😀

  • Randi
    July 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

    That is fab news. I can’t wait to vote for you everyday. Have a safe trip.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks for being there for me Randi! 😀

  • Jan
    July 22, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Sending you and your hubby healing vibes!!!! That peach pie looks divine! You should own a little restaurant, I’ll move and come and work for you as a hostess and customer relations person. xo

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Well, my dream would be to have a food truck serving breakfast and lunch only – homemade bread for sandwiches, soups, etc. and you could help me cook on the line or take the orders! 😀

  • Erica
    July 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Congrats! Thats awesome whoop whoop! The pie looks just perfect. Sorry you didn’t get a chance to enjoy it. As always, praying for yall

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      I feel the love E – and thank you for it! 😀

  • Jessica @ Blog-Inspired Cooking
    July 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

    What a gorgeous pie! I’ve never been brave enough to tackle a lattice top but yours looks great!

    I had a drink over the weekend that I think you’d enjoy, it was called the ‘awniker’, jalapeno tequila, honey liqueur, passionfruit, and lime. Spicy, smoky, and so good!

    I also saw a side dish at A&W you would enjoy, they were called bottlecaps — jalapeno slices battered and deep fried. Yum! Would be great with a taco seasoning + sour cream dip.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Holy cow Jessica – both of those sound amazeballs! Seriously, hopefully one time I pass through Wisconsin we can meet up! 😀

  • Joanne
    July 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    That peach pie looks so delicious – even for us diabetics! Safe travels to Mayo today and hope the tests reveal a plan for Tony soon. Less humid in MN today!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Yes Joanne – sometimes pie is definitely “insulin worthy!” 😀

  • Helen
    July 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Great minds Biz… I pinned that very peach pie this morning! Can’t wait to try making it.

    Great news about the contest!

    Good vibes coming your way for clarity while you are back at Mayo.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      You are a much better baker than me Helen, so I am sure you’ll get through the recipe faster than me – but now that I’ve made it, I am sure I can cut the time in half at least.

      Have you ever used cream cheese in a pie crust before??

  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    July 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Ugh! I’m sorry y’all have to make the trip back to Mayo so soon, but *SQUEAL!!!* How awesome that you are a recipe contest finalist!! Congrats!! The pie is gorgeous btw…I don’t even like peaches (except for peach wine!) but I want a slice! Safe travels and prayers for good news!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Okay Kim, I’ve never even heard of peach wine, unless it is Boone’s farm! 😀

  • Louise
    July 22, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Oh man….the blessed recipient of that peach pie….I am sure it was enjoyed by all who tasted it.
    Exciting news about the contest…..I think you’ll win, you sure will have lots of blogger votes!!
    Safe traveling mercies and pray the tests go well and Tony gets a piece of good news.
    Take care you guys.

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Louise! In fact, before I even borrowed my neighbors mower, my first thought was “if only Louise lived closer I could bring it to her and J.P.!”

  • Laura
    July 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Congrats!!! How exciting!

    Safe travels Biz!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Laura!

  • natalie
    July 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    MY MOUTH WATERED READING THIS POST. You are an amazing human to be able to give that pie away! <3 ALSO it is July 22, so tell us where we vote!

    Nat

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Nat! And I had the date wrong – my fingers type too fast sometimes – the voting starts on July 28 – I will have to have you be my tweet friend to spread the word! Hugs!

  • Kim
    July 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Definitely praying that y’all get some answers and figure out the next part of the plan. I know you are ready for Tony to feel good!!!

    • Biz319
      July 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks Kim – from your lips to God’s ears! 😀

  • Lori
    July 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Congratulations, Biz! And safe travels.

  • Gretchen
    July 23, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Congrats!!! Safe travels and all the best to you and Tony.

  • Heather
    July 23, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Praying for you guys! And pies scare me (making, not eating!). My grandmother was amazing at making pies and cobblers. I have never made a pie. Will have to give it a go.

    And PLEASE start playing the lottery…you’ll then have to come see me in Kuwait!

    xoxox

    • Biz319
      July 23, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Sounds good Heather! Hugs!

  • SkippyMom
    July 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Nice looking pie babe! I give away so many pies – it is my “thank you gift” for nice neighbors and friends – and besides I just like making pies. Although I have to say my grandmother never refrigerated anything and used lard instead of butter – in fact I never use butter in my crusts – anyhoodle, they come out sublimely flaky.

    I am so excited for you finalist position in the cookoff – PLEASE post on FB too, if you get a chance, so I can link to all my friends etc and my kids want to link too – oh and Steven will 🙂 too – because girlie you deserve to win!

    I am praying hard that all the news comes back positive for Tony – he is such a lucky man to have you by his side through all of this. You are such a strong woman Biz, I admire you so – but remember to take care of you too, okay?

    And fwiw if MY pizza showed up looking like that? I am pretty sure there would be a refund forthcoming. I do realize how tired you all must have been, and “let’s just eat it” was probably the mantra – but that pizza is b.s. Doesn’t anyone take pride in a job well done anymore?

    Love and hugs special lady and give your handsome husband a hug from me too.

    • SkippyMom
      July 26, 2014 at 10:16 am

      I am so glad to read how wonderful Toppers was to you and the owner gets kudos for handling that right. He obviously does take pride in his job and product. Love ya’ girlie.

  • Erin
    July 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Oh yeah, that pie looks amazing. Sorry you had to give it away but I’m sure it was delish. Hope you had a safe trip!