Monthly Archives: November 2013

Harris’ Homemade Flaky Pie Crust!

Harris shows you how to make an easy pie crust, made in the food processor. No Pilsbury used here!

Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
*This recipe yields two 9 or 9 ½ pie crusts or one covered pie crust

Ingredients
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of unsalted butter – very cold – cut in tablespoon size pieces. You can substitute ½ cup butter and ½ cup shortening if you like.
1/3 cup plus one tablespoon of ice cold water

Directions
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with pastry fork or by pulsing a food processor until you have some pea size pieces and some the consistency of course breadcrumbs. Drizzle in water while pulsing the food processor or mix with rubber spatula until a ball starts to form. If ball doesn’t form add on additional tablespoon of water.

Divide in two, form two disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow dough to rest. Roll out dough and place in pie pan, poke holes with fork on bottom and refrigerate again for at least 30 minutes to allow dough to rest before baking.

1 Day Left!

1 more day!

After quite the adventure, Melissa, her husband and their 2 friends, finally arrived last night. The heavy rain and holiday traffic caused their bus to show up 2 hours late, leaving them to wait outside in the freezing rain with hundreds of people. We hope your holiday guests aren’t having similar issues!

We finally made the Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pie! Additionally we made 2 batches of our Pecan Tassies, but of course as soon as the kids came home, they ate about 10 of them!

Today we’ll be making the floral centerpiece. Since we made the crusts for the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie and a Lemon Meringue Pie, we will be baking them as well.

Dave’s sister Carol has been staying over the past couple of days and has been a big help. She’ll be making her traditional Sugar-Free Trifle today, for those with diabetes and the diet conscious. Perhaps, we’ll have to have her give up the recipe and share it with you!

Finally, we’ll be making our smoky salmon ball tonight.

Believe it or not, this year we will be having the least amount of guests for Thanksgiving in years. Typically we have around 20 guests. But this year we’ll only have 12. We had to downsize this year because we have been building an addition to our outside porch. So, with all of the construction, we just couldn’t have that many guests over this year.

Tomorrow’s main cooking event begins at 6:00 AM to start smoking the bird! What time will you be starting?

All the best,
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

The Dads Pecan Tassies

Our Pecan Tassies that we made last night!

Melissa’s Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner!

Dave’s daughter, Melissa & her husband hosted a Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at their loft, last night with their 12 guests!

Their friend Joe who is a Sous Chef in NYC, played head chef for their dinner party! Melissa helped in the cooking & baking of course, but she says she was so busy keeping up with the cleaning, that she barely got a chance to watch his amazing techniques!

Joe selected 3 dishes from The Dads’ recipes that we posted here that he wanted to try. We felt so honored when we heard about this! We hope they saved us a plate to bring over for us to try!

What 3 dishes did he select and how did they turn out? Watch the video above to find out!

2 Days to Go!

Here we are, 2 more days to go until Thanksgiving!

Yesterday consisted of house cleaning, fixing antique dining room chairs, dropping off clothes to the homeless shelter, setting up a bookcase for the guests to have a place for their toiletries, running errands, and more. Was any cooking or baking done as hoped? Did we get to the Pumpkin Cheesecake yet? Nope!

Yesterday, Harris was able to pick up our kosher turkey. He also purchased some smoked white fish, lox, herring and bagels for a special breakfast while our guests are here.

Then, we were off to the butcher’s to grab a Prime Rib Roast for our Wednesday night dinner. We were also able to find some Kishka to serve up with Wednesday’s dinner. It’s hard to resist the urge to eat it before!

After all of that, our boy, Jacques, even made it to his groomer, Carissa, so that he is ready to greet our guests properly when they arrive!

Whew!

We had such a full day that we didn’t get to do any of our Thanksgiving cooking, but we’re hot on the trail today! As we write, it’s about 11:00 AM and we already have 2 pie crusts done! Oh, and we made the cornbread for the stuffing. It needs to be baked a couple of days ahead so it dries out a bit, making for much better stuffing!

Below is a photo of the flowers Harris picked up. He will be making our holiday centerpiece with these beauties!

Hope you’re preparations are coming along well!

All the best,
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

Harris' Flowers

Pastry Rolling Sheet

Pastry Rolling Sheet

Whenever we make pies, we love to use the Tupperware Pastry Rolling Sheet!

As demonstrated in our White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie video, this measuring sheet comes in handy when rolling your crust. We’ve had the same one for over 10 years! It seems like it is indestructible!

It costs around $18. You can find it on Amazon.com.

Happy Baking!
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

3 Days!

3 Days to go until the big festivities!

With Dave’s daughter Melissa, her husband and 2 friends coming to visit tomorrow, along with Dave’s sister Carol who just couldn’t imagine being left out, we have been busy multitasking cleaning and cooking. We have been organizing the bedrooms and clearing out the dresser drawers and closets to make sure there is plenty of room for our guests.

Additionally, we have begun to decorate the home with our holiday decor. We really love our turkey hand towels! Harris picked up some fresh flowers today while at the market. They are resting comfortably in water until the centerpiece can be created.

Last night we accomplished our Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Spiced Nuts. We still haven’t gotten to the Pumpkin Cheesecake as intended! But we hope to finally get that done tonight!

Our Rib Roast that we made in the crock-pot last night was amazing! Decadent, yes, but so delicious and worth it! We have been building an addition to our back porch, so Dave just sliced up some of the leftovers and gave some to our construction workers. They were delighted!

We forgot to mention that Harris made the Cranberry Confit last Friday. Hopefully in addition to the Pumpkin Cheesecake, we will also be able to make our first batch of our Pecan Tassies tonight!

Harris also was able to make a special stop at Goldberg’s Bagels. Definitely the best place for fresh bagels in the Baltimore area!

While cooking this week, Dave has been wearing his Mario Batali Crocs (yes, Crocs!) that Leah gave to him as a gift last year for the holiday. The great thing about these is that if the kitchen gets wet from cooking or cleaning, the grip on the shoes prevents you from slipping. They might not be the most fashionable, but they are really comfortable and easy to throw on quickly.

Hope your cooking adventures are going well! Let us know how its going for you!

Happy Cooking!
-The Dads: Harris & Dave

Rib Roast

Spiced Nuts

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