Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The other Fall Pie: Cushaw Pie

In working on today's Tasty Tuesday post I have learned that the Cushaw is a native heirloom squash variety to Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. You know I love a good heirloom. Doesn't it make you feel fancy?

So last year on our annual trip to Carver's Apple Orchard the sweetest old Appalachian lady told my hubs that cushaw were better than pumpkin in pies and that was all it took. We had a cushaw in our car before I realized it. I was not excited at all. Well, maybe a little...but not much. I mean when you see these squash you think, "Oh, look at that weird gourd. That would look pretty on my porch." Little did I know people cooked these things. But, like most seemingly crazy things my husband suggests, I did enjoy this new adventure. And cushaw pies are quite good!

To prepare my cushaw I cut the squash in half, cleaned the squash out like you would a pumpkin, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes. I then placed the cubed cushaw on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer and roasted for 40-60min (or until tender). Let the cushaw cool at least 10 min before placing it into a food processor (just put about one cup of cushaw in the food processor at a time to blend evenly). Once you have 2 cups of pureed squash you are all set!

Combine the first seven ingredients in a large mixing bowl then add the eggs and vanilla and wisk together. Add the heavy cream last and stir to combine. Pour equal amounts into unbaked pastry crust and bake for 50-60 minutes in a 375 degree oven on the lowest rack. I prefer the pie at room temperature but only because the consistency is more like a typical pumpkin pie. Eating it warm out of the oven is yummy too. And I'll share the perfect whipped topping to serve alongside this slice of Fall next week!

Many thanks to the Pretend Texas Farmer for the yummy recipe.


Friday, September 26, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found Sangria & Cognac...

...no, not the alcohol...though it is the weekend and both sangria and cognac would be appropriate for fall. Libations aside, we are talking about the Pantone colors for fall. Alison and I picked our favorites-sangria and cognac! I love the richness of both hues and how fall-appropriate they are. 

-Laurie & Alison

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Backyard Birthday Inspiration

This weekend my hubby turns the big 4-0 and we are having a backyard get-together. I didn't want to do anything tacky and "over the hill"...I'll save that for ten more years...so I decided to still go with the expected black but use black and white or red and white gingham. I plan on lighting up the backyard with torches and string lights throughout our trees and blankets on the ground. We're having a picnic, so I ordered some carriers and lots of little cups and containers for my dad's Boston Butt , slaw, potato salad, rolls and Greek chips. I've collected wine bottles and spray painted them to use for a lawn bowling lane, complete with a little pumpkin as the bowling ball. We are looking forward to spending the evening with friends and family to celebrate!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: A look ahead and back to Fall

On this lovely first day of Fall I am excited and annoyed. Excited for all that is to come with this wonderful season and annoyed with my stupid technical difficulty that is preventing me from sharing a new recipe with you today. Don't worry, I will share it next week!

However, in light of this lovely new season I would love to remind you or share with you some of my favorite fall Tasty Tuesday posts we have done in the past.

First up: Stock your pot and your kitchen as we enter into soup season with some homemade stock. Simmer your afternoon away to make some liquid gold that will make your soups sing.

Second: Butternut squash goodness in a bowl. This is one of those dishes you must try. The hardest part is peeling the squash. Oh, and not having leftovers because your guests will be licking their bowls clean.

Last but not least: Because you have to have a little sweet bite after you clean your bowls. These fig cookies are much better than what you can find in the store. While they may be a little sticky and messy the end result is so worth it.

Happy First Day of Fall!!


Friday, September 19, 2014

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found Fall Coziness!

It's no secret that Alison and I love fall. I know it's not quite fall yet, but next Tuesday it officially will be! The crisp mornings and evenings are my favorite. I got my first pumpkin spice latte of the season this morning and left my windows rolled down so I could feel the cool air. I just love it! I can't wait for the leaves to start their change and it to be cool enough for indulgent hearty soups and cozying up by the fire for the evening. Check out our Pinterest for more inspiration! 

-Laurie & Alison

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rehearsal Dinner, the Charleston way

My second brother-in-law is married off and my mother-in-law is now done with rehearsal dinners. Each of the three was unique and perfect; the McQuain girls were treated like queens when they entered this family.

The final rehearsal dinner was held in the upstairs room of Magnolia's in downtown Charleston. The setting was elegant with hints of military and seaside living and the food was absolutely perfect. The menu wouldn't have been complete without shellfish over grits and "sweet biscuits" and berries for dessert. I loved the black and white stripes paired with the gold. Lavender was the bride's color of choice for the big day so it accented everything all weekend. I just loved this head table. So perfect. And Branch Design Studio did an incredible job with the florals.

Just beautiful.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hump Day Pun!

Ok guys. When we were in Fremont, a Seattle neighborhood, we popped in a little store with some art that I am still kicking myself for not buying. I love everything about Frida Clements' work. Just love it. Not only do I hope to have a small collection of her Pun work, I also hope to gift her work to others. Consider this a virtual gift.

So, on this hump day I hope to bring a little smile to your face and chuckle to your belly. Not to mention a little encouragement...don't worry about fitting in. You are so awesome just as you are! Laurie and I are quite "fawned" of you.

And check out Frida Clements!



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