Not too surprising in a pioneer girl who probably often had only some beans and bread to eat when times were tough. Almanzo, however, grew up on a prosperous farm and ate considerably better than his young bride. He poured gravy over them; he dipped up big pieces of tender chicken, dark meat and white meat sliding from the bones. He added a mound of baked beans and topped it with a quivering slice of fat pork.
At the edge of the plate he piled dark red beet pickles.
And he handed the plate to Almanzo. Silently Almanzo ate it all. Then he ate a piece of pumpkin pie, and he felt very full inside.
But he ate a piece of apple pie with cheese. Rye and injun bread is a form of cornbread made with rye flour and molasses, very similar to or even exactly like Boston Brown Bread, depending on the recipe. The beet pickles were probably fermented. Salt pork is made from the same cut of meat as bacon, but is heavily salted and not smoke cured. It is typically fried crisp. You will probably find it easiest to cook the chicken a day ahead and shred the meat once it is cool.
You can also use your favorite biscuit or puff pastry recipe instead of a pie crust topping.
Brown the chicken slightly in lard, then cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a simmer and cook until the chicken is tender.
Set aside to cool, then strip meat from bones and cut in bite-sized pieces. Mix flour and salt in work bowl of food processor fitted with the steel blade. Scatter butter pieces over flour mixture, tossing to coat butter with a little of the flour. Cut butter into flour with five one-second pulses. Add shortening; continue cutting in until flour is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal, keeping some butter bits the size of small peas, about four more one-second pulses.
Turn mixture into medium bowl. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons ice-cold water over the mixture.
Using rubber spatula, fold water into flour mixture. Then press down on dough mixture with broad side of spatula until dough sticks together, adding up to 1 tablespoon more cold water if dough will not come together. Shape dough into ball, then flatten into 4-inch-wide disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes while preparing pie filling.
Stir in chicken and let it heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer cooked vegetables to bowl with chicken; set aside and keep warm. Heat butter over medium heat in again-empty skillet. When foaming subsides, add flour; cook about 1 minute. Whisk in 2 cups of chicken broth left over from cooking chicken, milk, cream, any accumulated chicken juices, and thyme. Bring to simmer, then continue to simmer until sauce fully thickens, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper; stir in sherry.
It becomes my mission to finish the whole pan. You terrible, horrible, no good, really bad girl! I hope your mother reads this and gives you a good spanking! These have got to be the best easiest dumplings ever!!!
The Pilgrims who colonized America brought British forms of their pies of meat-based recipes with them. Let set 5 minutes. Recipe Rating. Stir the carrots and apples into the flour mixture. Hi Kathy!
These recipes get better all the time! Now I see where the love for butter comes from…. These look so good.
I want to try them right away-but I will wait and maybe make them for Easter Sunday dessert. These are wonderful, I have made them before however, I used Sprite instead of Mt. I think I will live on the wild side this weekend and try them with Mt. Oh, my heavens, that looks divine! You think Diet Mountain Dew would save some calories?
Oh, man. My go to dish has always been frozen bread dough cinnamon rolls. I may have to swap that out for these. OOh, I can feel my blood sugar rising just reading this recipe. Thanks for sharing — I just may have to try this sometime!
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Apple Dumplings July 12, Mountain Dew Soda. Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top. It is beyond imaginable. Dana in RI. Just — WOW. And then devouring everything!
Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Born in the lush and beautiful state of Washington, author A Pioneer Girl Learns to Cook: Apple Pie & Biscuits Kindle Edition. by. This is an educational book about the life of a pioneer girl, the process she had in learning to cook and other aspects of pioneer life. It's written mainly for girls.
Hi Ree! Mary Ellen in Canada. I am off work this weekend, and I think these will be dessert on Saturday night. Thank you! Or at least a tongue lashing. I bet you could make photo copies and then mail them to her…. Thanks Ree, The Park Wife.
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