My friend Jen was visiting this weekend from Seattle and we filled it with some of her Vermont favorites: brunch at Mirabelle’s, visit to Shelburne Farms, dinners with friends, drinks in Winooski (she got to see my favorite new wine spot, Oak45). Of course, the weekend went too fast, and there were many things that got left off our list: hiking, music @ Radio Bean, yoga, etc. And Saturday night a dinner with friends turned into a late late late random-but-epic bar hop around Winooski (which I equate to be the Brooklyn of Burlington), in which Jen and I crashed on couches at their house in our going-out clothes without washing our faces or teeth (which I always always always do), even though I spent the end of the night crunching on a baggie of Corn Nuts I found in their kitchen. Ha! Whew, not cute, but kind of awesome. Then on Sunday night our friend Maggie hosted a pie party, which was super cute. Her pie won this big contest at Shelburne Farms a couple of weeks ago, beating out 30 other pies. She’d entered it with her roommate for years and years and at long last they had their sweet victory.
Maggie made the crust before we arrived. Sneaky! The only tips I could glean from their tight lips were the following: crust is an adaptation from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe containing a mixture of butter/shortening (and, no, it doesn’t contain Vodka instead of ice water in the recipe), apple pie spice instead of a cinnamon/nutmeg combo, and four different kids of apples (the only two she told me were Granny Smith and Ginger Gold). Also, the pie baked at 425 for exactly 45 minutes with the edges of the crusts covered in foil.
Mmmm it was so delicious! I’m going to have to do some apple pie experimentation before another friend’s annual apple pie party in a couple of weeks. Last year, I got the feedback: too.much.lemon.
Oct. 14th blog challenge – WHAT’S ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
Ah, nothing new at the moment….still a mixture of a bunch of random things, everything from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton to U2 to Avett Brothers to Talking Heads to Echosmith to Cat Power to The War on Drugs. But my sister Allison just e-mailed me last night with the subject line, “NEWEST MUSIC OBSESSION – SBTRKT” with about six YouTube links to their songs.