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A Day of Pie

Yesterday was Baltimore’s first annual pie festival, the B’Eat More Pie Fest. After almost a year of planning, some stress and a whole lot of pie, I’m happy to say that the festival was a huge success.  People came, ate pie, listened to music, laughed, ate more pie, and then settled into a sugar induced haze.

Twenty pies were entered into the contest, which meant (after Rachel and I contributed a few) that we had 25 pies for the raffle!  That also meant that we had a few hundred pie bites to sell, ranging from a samosa pie with yogurt to a banana toffee pie.

We had music.

And nieces.

Our judges took their job very seriously.

The winning sweet pie (top photo) was a Blueberry-Peach Mini Mariner Pie, a pie so delicious that our judges were talking about the crust for hours.  The winning savory pie was a Frito Chili Pie, something the savory judges agreed would be the perfect end to a late night out.

In the end, the festival was everything we’d hoped for and much more. We were able to raise $350 for Heart’s Place, Baltimore’s only family shelter.  We had a great community event that we can’t wait to repeat next year.  Thanks for all your help, support, and love!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

I know, this is not the crab cakes I promised.  But the weather is so crappy and I’m so cold and wet and even though I’m not ready to let go of summer, fall seems to be pushing it’s way into our lives like a battering ram.  I really only have one way to cope (because I am NOT ready for pants yet), which is by embracing my favorite part of fall- the pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 cup milk
1/2 cup espresso or 1 cup strong coffee
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar

In a pot over medium heat, combine milk, pumpkin, sugar, cocoa and spice. Heat, stirring occasionally. Add coffee. Using an immersion blender, blend until frothy (or, whisk until frothy.) Serve.

 

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Whole Roasted Snapper

First of all, for those of you who have so sweetly been asking, I wanted to let you know that my parents, family, friends, and their possessions in the Outer Banks are fine.  As you might know my dad, Capt’n James Rosemond, lives in Morehead City most of the year running his dive charter, Tortuga Charters.  He lives on Fisher Street, a block away from the family vacation home, the Swamp House.  Because Irene hit the area so directly (landing on Cape Lookout, the lighthouse shown below), MHC was in serious danger.  Thankfully the Swamp House only flooded, something it is prepared for, and Pap’s house was dry and safe.  We were very, very lucky, and my heart goes out to those who were not so fortunate.

While we were in MHC last week for our vacation I had the opportunity to try something I’d wanted to do for a long time- to stuff and roast a whole fish.  Tuesday afternoon, our night to cook, Dan and I headed to the local seafood market and picked up three pink snapper.  We had gone for red vermillion snapper but my new bff at the market recommended pink as it has “the same flavor for half the price.”  I love that kind of advice.

We stuffed the snapper with rosemary, thyme, lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil, bathed them in white wine, and then let them roast.  We paired the fish with couscous, a cucumber, tomato, and feta salad, and a sauvignon blanc.  One thing that struck us as when ate was that despite smelling amazing, the fish was still pretty subtle.  It was tasty, but didn’t have the flavor punch we were hoping for.

When we evacuated MHC to come back to Baltimore we were sent home with the leftovers (including a whole fish- my friend at the fish market suggested 3 fish for 6 adults, his family apparently eats much more than mine).  We enjoyed the fish for dinner this week with a  simple sauce- browned butter, white wine, garlic, and rosemary.  It gave the fish exactly the flavor boost we were looking for, a perfect addition to the meal.

Despite a looming hurricane our week in Carteret County was wonderful, easily one of the best family vacations we’ve ever taken.  And since the Swamp House survived to see another hurricane I look forward to doing another couples vacation next summer. Maybe next year we can actually catch the fish we cook!

Whole Roasted Snapper

feeds six adults

2 medium-large pink or red snapper

3 lemons

Bunch of rosemary, put some aside for sauce

Bunch of thyme

7 cloves of garlic

Salt & pepper

Olive oil

1/2 bottle dry white wine

1 stick butter

Have the market scale, gill, and clean your whole snapper.  When you get home, open up the cavity and drizzle olive oil inside.  Then sprinkle in salt and pepper.  Chunk your garlic and add 2 cloves to the inside of each fish.  Split the thyme and rosemary between the two fish, leaving a little to put on top.  Slice your lemons and put 1 whole lemon inside each fish.

Line two baking pans with foil. Lay down 1/2 lemon and 1/2 garlic clove in each pan.  Put the fish in the pan and top with remaining herbs.  Drizzle with olive oil and add 1 cup of wine to each.  Bake for 35 minutes at 400.

While the fish are baking, make your sauce.  Over very low heat combine butter, a bit of chopped rosemary, and the last clove of garlic, chopped.  Allow to simmer until the butter has browned.  Add 1/2 cup white wine, and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Set aside.

When your fish is done serve it whole.  Use a fork or a knife to open the fish up, peeling the skin back.  Allow your guests to pick the meat out.  Serve with the sauce on the side so that people can add it as they please.

 

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