We hope you'll enjoy the week, and we'd love to hear about some of the "old" recipes your mother or grandmother cooks which have been passed down to you.
I made my mother-in-law's strawberry pie--super simple for the busy housewife (although potentially a little messy if you're wearing a dress and pearls.) The recipe is written out on one of those "From the Kitchen of" type index cards which were popular before computers and pinterest and food blogs. My mother had a little box she kept hers in. The directions were a little sketchy so I had to text my sister-in-law to see if she remembered more than I did. The pie is quite sweet so I served it topped with a dab of sour cream which set it off very nicely.
1 pre-baked pie shell (I cheated and used store bought--your choice)
16 ounce container ripe strawberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
Place 1/2 cup of the berries (sliced), the cup of water and sugar in a pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
Dissolve the cornstarch in half cup of water and add to berry mixture. Stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until mixture thickens. A strawberry colored "gel" will form. Let cool.
Add remainder of berries (I sliced mine, but my sister-in-law said it makes a prettier presentation if you use whole berries--cut jumbo ones in half.) Pour into pie shell and cool in the refrigerator for a few hours. Garnish with whipped cream or sour cream.