Friday, February 17th, 2012

Is Impossible Pie Impossible?

A series about recipes that may seem odd or outmoded and yet we're curious to try!

“I'm going to make an Impossible Pie today,” I announced.

“What's an Impossible Pie?” asked my six-year-old son, just as I hoped he would for the purpose of writing this introduction. “Is it a pie that no one's ever made before?”

“No,” I said.

I was about to go on when my husband spoke up, “Well, when you think about it, every pie is a pie that no one's ever made before…"

There was a brief silence.

My son later guessed that an Impossible Pie must be "very, very hard [...]


Mock Goose And Other Dishes Of The War-Rations Diet

There is a website, called The 1940s Experiment, whose proprietor, Carolyn Ekins, who was born and raised in the UK but now lives in Canada, is attempting to lose a hundred pounds by following a wartime rations diet, specifically made up of the foods eaten by the British public during World War II. For every pound she loses, Carolyn will recreate one authentic wartime recipe and post about it. She has already posted recipes for Mock Goose (made with lentils), Potato and Carrot Pancakes ("delicious") and an Eggless Fruit Cake (“looks curiously like meat loaf”), among many others. Carolyn has attempted—and succeeded at—this type of diet [...]


Chemical Apple Pie: Apple Pie Without The Apples

The first in a series about recipes that may seem odd or outmoded and yet we're curious to try!

A couple of weeks ago, in the brief throes of a fit of domesticity after spending too much time looking at pictures on Martha Stewart's website, I took the kids to a local farm and purchased a five-pound bag of Gravensteins grown in the farm's orchard. We then went home to make a delicious apple pie. While I was double-checking the ingredients we would need—other than apples, of course—I happened upon a recipe for Chemical Apple Pie. This chemical pie was supposed to taste just like apple pie without [...]


How To Make A Dowager Countess Hat

The premiere of the second season of "Downton Abbey" airs on Saturday Sunday night—for British television viewers. Unfortunately, those of us on the other side of the pond have to wait for broadcast. In the meantime, here's a little project you might want to work on in anticipation, so that you will be properly attired when you do finally get to see it. Viewing parties, anyone? Some of you might want to don something similar to the gorgeous early feminist harem pants as modeled by Sybil—they're like pajama pants only totally not. I know exactly what I'm wearing: a purple hat like the Dowager Countess's.

I do [...]