Friday, January 7, 2011

Victoria's Deep Dish Apple Pie

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While feasting at Ellen Suzuki's New Year's Day party, we enjoyed a scrumptious deep dish apple pie baked by her daughter, Victoria Miles. It is a super easy recipe with a rich, buttery crust (no rolling of the dough).  I am looking forward to trying it at the next family gathering.  Here's a photo of Ellen and Victoria.

2-1/2 cups butter
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3-4 cans prepared pie filling, apple, cherry, blueberry or any flavor

In a food processor, mix the butter, flour and sugar until ingredients are combined.  Put half of this into a 9x12 pan and press it down on the bottom of the pan.  Pour in the prepared pie filling.  Top with the remaining crust, cover the filling and press down.  Bake 350 degrees for one hour+ until golden brown.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ellen's Korean Flank Steak

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We were so fortunate to be invited to Ellen Suzuki's New Year's Day Feast in Seattle. What a treat. The tables were over-flowing with mountainous piles of delicious food, Japanese favorites and baked goods.  It was a feast to die for. One of my favorites was Korean flank steak strips which had been marinated, then battered and deep fried. Each bite was bursting with teriyaki flavor with a light, crispy, delicate crust surrounding each mouthful. Here's a photo of Ellen at her New Year's Day table.

1 flank steak, cut in 1/2" strips
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed
6 stalks green onions, finely chopped

1 cup flour
2 T cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1 T baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup water

Marinate meat in sugar, soy sauce, garlic and green onions for a few hours or overnight.  Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder.  Add the eggs and cold water, and mix until consistency of heavy cream.  Fry in hot oil until golden brown.  Serve immediately.