Tori Avey http://toriavey.com Recipes & History - Inspired by our Delicious Past Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:54:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/11/thanksgiving-recipe-roundup/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/11/thanksgiving-recipe-roundup/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:20:17 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=33464 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com... Read More]]>

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

I’ve updated my Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup for 2016! Here are lots of tested, delicious recipes to help inspire you for the big holiday. What’s on your menu this year? Happy cooking!

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Pumpkin Challah

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Skillet Seared Green Beans with Lemon and Cotija Cheese

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Challah Slow Cooker Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Sweet Potato Latkes with Brown Sugar Syrup and Candied Pecans

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Thanksgiving Cider Sangria

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Dairy Free Saffron Scalloped Potatoes

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Lazy Daisy Cake

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Middle Eastern Roasted Vegetable Rice

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Green Bean Beet and Pistachio Salad

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Sweet Potato Spinach Quinoa Gratin

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Hoot Owl Cookies

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Greek Yogurt Macaroni and Cheese

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Boozy Orange Blossom Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Garlic Knots

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Garlicky Kale, Parmesan and Panko Salad

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Pumpkin Cranberry Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Molasses

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Curry Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Deep Fried Sriracha Turkey

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Red Cabbage Apple Salad with Blue Cheese

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Date Cookies

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Roasted Sesame Asparagus

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Maple Custard and Orange Sauce

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Green Bean Mushroom Sauté with Spiced Plum Sauce

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Pecan Rolls

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Stuffed Figs with Goat Cheese

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Butterscotch Pie

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Green Beans with Balsamic Date Reduction

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Jane Austen Apple Puffs

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Challah Chestnut Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Caponata Style Green Beans

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Pumpkin Challah Centerpiece with Honey Butter

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Butternut Squash and Crispy Kale Bake

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Old Fashioned Oat Nut Crisp

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Classic Roast Turkey

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Saffron Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Maple Butternut Squash Puree

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Marak Perot 

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Gluten Free Potato Kugel Gratin

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Challah Bread Pudding

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Calumet Parker House Rolls

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Spiced Fig Preserves

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Apple Pudding from the Mother of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Nutty Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

American Cakes – Cider Cake

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Moroccan Style Vegetable Couscous

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Fig and Honey Cocktail

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup - Favorite Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Coconut Macaroon Pumpkin Pie

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Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/11/flaky-buttermilk-biscuits/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/11/flaky-buttermilk-biscuits/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:15:44 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39439 Recipe for tender, flaky biscuits. Great for preparing ahead and enjoying later! Time-Tested Recipe.... Read More]]>

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My friend Kelly Jaggers is back with another wonderful family recipe! Her nostalgic memories behind this recipe, beautifully expressed, make it taste even sweeter. 

My Aunt Ruby lived a long and amazing life. She was a hard worker, devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother, and she was the best Aunt a girl could ask for. In many ways she was more of a grandmother to me, willing to put up with my shenanigans as a child with a smile and a thick slice of cake. Some of my fondest memories growing up are at Ruby’s kitchen table, listening to her stories as she made pickles or worked on dinner.

When she was near the end of her life she was bedridden, so when I would go and visit her I would make her all of her favorite foods to keep her spirits up. She particularly loved my buttermilk biscuits. She said they reminded her of her childhood on the farm, a time when she was very happy, so I was glad to make them for her. I would even make an extra batch or two and stash them in the freezer so my cousin could bake them for her after I had returned home.

Ruby had a massive stroke a few weeks before she passed away. I went for a final visit with my mom to say goodbye. My cousin pulled me aside and said that Ruby was not eating much, but she would eat the biscuits I made for her. I immediately went to the kitchen and made a couple of batches so she would have them for her. She held on for another week – just long enough to eat most of the biscuits I made her. I can’t make a batch of biscuits now without thinking of her and how much she loved them. It is bittersweet.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits - Recipe for tender, flaky biscuits. Great for preparing ahead and enjoying later! Time-Tested Recipe.

Ruby’s favorite biscuits are very easy to make. They bake fluffy and tall, you can pull them apart into layers, and they freeze like a dream! I like to make a couple of batches, cut them out, and then freeze them before baking. Once frozen I put them in a resalable bag and I have biscuits for any day of the week. To bake from frozen just pop them on a parchment lined sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes at 350°F.

The secret to super flaky biscuits are simple. It comes down to butter, technique, and a good rest in the refrigerator.

  • For the butter, you want half the butter to be completely rubbed into the flour to help inhibit gluten development. Keep the other half of the butter fairly large, between pea and hazelnut sized, as these larger bits will create the steam that will make your layers.
  • You do not knead these biscuits. You fold them. The folding creates all the delicate layers that will make this biscuit so very flaky. It also reduces the amount of gluten you will develop. The less gluten the better for a tender biscuit.
  • Letting the biscuits chill will make sure the biscuits are tender and also that the butter is very cold, so when they go into the oven the butter forms steam to puff up the layers rather than just melting into puddle around the biscuits.

Butter is my fat of choice for biscuits, but you can easily substitute vegetable shortening for all or part of the butter if you prefer. The method does not change if you change the fat. The only real difference is the biscuits will not be quite as crisp on the bottom, but they will still be tender, fluffy, and delicious!

These are great for breakfast with some jam and butter (my Aunt Ruby’s favorite way to eat them), or wonderful alongside dinners like pot roast, chicken fried steak, or roast chicken. I even like these for lunch made into little sandwiches with meat and cheese.

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Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits - Recipe for tender, flaky biscuits. Great for preparing ahead and enjoying later! Time-Tested Recipe.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) butter or vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2 inch pieces and chilled
  • 1 cup buttermilk

You wil also need

Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: 18 3-inch biscuits
Kosher Key: Dairy
  • In a large bowl combine the flour baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk until the mixture is well combined.
  • Add the cubed butter.
  • With your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until half the butter has been thoroughly combined and the other half is in small and medium sized pieces – roughly pea to hazelnut sized.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix with a spatula until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Add additional buttermilk a tablespoon at a time if the mixture seems too dry.
  • Lightly dust a work surface with flour, then turn the biscuit dough out and press it into a rough rectangle with your hands.
  • Carefully fold the rectangle in half (it may look rough and crumbly, that is ok), turn the dough 90 degrees and flatten it out again. Repeat this process three more times. The dough should be fairly smooth.
  • Roll the dough out until it is roughly ¼-inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter cut as many biscuits from the dough as you can. Be sure to cut straight down, making sure not to twist the cutter, then shake the cutter gently to release the biscuits.
  • Place the biscuits on a parchment lined sheet pan about 1-inch apart. Place the sheet pan into the refrigerator for 30 minutes. The remaining scraps can be re-rolled one time. To re-roll the scraps, form the scraps into a rectangle and fold in half one time, then roll and cut as directed above. These biscuits will not be as pretty, but will taste just as nice!
  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Once the biscuits have chilled transfer them directly to the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown on the bottom and firm. If the tops are a little pale you can place them under the broiler for roughly 2 minutes, but keep a careful watch as they burn easily. Serve hot.
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50 Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/11/50-vegan-vegetarian-recipes-for-thanksgiving/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/11/50-vegan-vegetarian-recipes-for-thanksgiving/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:58:57 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=38127 Delicious tested Vegan and Vegetarian holiday recipes from ToriAvey.com... Read More]]>

Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas on ToriAvey.com

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving –  Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

In search of Thanksgiving recipe options for vegans and vegetarians? Below I’ve gathered 50 of my most popular vegan and vegetarian recipes that would make a wonderful addition to your holiday feast.

 

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Sweet Potato Spinach Quinoa Gratin

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Roasted Carrots with Dill

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Kale, Pear and Cranberry Salad

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Challah Chestnut Stuffing

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Boozy Orange Blossom Cranberry Sauce

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Middle Eastern Roasted Vegetable Rice

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Garlic Knots

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Spicy Smoky Ratatouille Casserole

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Pumpkin Cranberry Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Lentil Mushroom Bolognese – “Faux”-lognese

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Maple Butternut Squash Puree

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Citrus Honey Glazed Vegetables

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan or Vegetarian Kale and Roasted Beet Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Nutty Sweet Potato Casserole

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Saffron Chickpea Risotto

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Coconut Macaroon Pumpkin Pie

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Butternut Squash and Crispy Kale Bake

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Italian Roasted Cauliflower Salad

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Curry Roasted Sweet Potatoes

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Caponata Style Green Beans

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Vegetarian Pumpkin Challah Centerpiece with Honey Butter

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan or Vegetarian Saffron Scalloped Potatoes

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Slow Cooker Lentil Cauliflower Stew

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Saffron Mashed Potatoes

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Oven Roasted Asparagus

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Moroccan Style Vegetable Couscous

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Pumpkin Spice Cake

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Roasted Cauliflower Gratin

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Autumn Sweet Potato Soup

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan or Vegetarian Biscuits

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Coconut Chremslach

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan or Vegetarian Yukon Gold Garlic Rosemary Mash

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Roasted Portobellos & Asparagus with Goat Cheese Sauce

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Persian Saffron Pudding

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Latkes with Brown Sugar Syrup and Candied Pecans

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Persian Dill and Lima Bean Rice

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Roasted Butternut Squash Gratin with Gruyère and Walnuts

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Roasted Vegetable Moussaka

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan or Vegetarian Matzo Crips with Pear, Apple and Cranberries

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash with Garlic, Sage and Pine Nuts

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Green Beans with Balsamic Date Reduction, Feta and Pine Nuts

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Roasted Stuffed Eggplant

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Oven Roasted Root Vegetables

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Broccoli Idaho Potato Gratin

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Molasses

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegan or Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

50 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes for Thanksgiving - Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Recipes from ToriAvey.com

Vegetarian Pumpkin Pudding

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Key Lime Pie http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/08/key-lime-pie/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/08/key-lime-pie/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 21:04:18 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39397 Crisp graham cracker crust with a sweet, tart key lime filling and whipped cream topping. Time-Tested Family Recipe.... Read More]]>

Key Lime Pie - Crisp graham cracker crust with a sweet, tart key lime filling and whipped cream topping. Time-Tested Family Recipe.

My friend Kelly Jaggers is back with her mother’s recipe for Key Lime Pie! Her nostalgic memories behind this recipe, beautifully expressed, make it taste even sweeter.  

Key Lime Pie is a specialty of my mother. Growing up she would make it during the summer for a special treat. She would serve generous slices of the pie topped with fluffy dollops of whipped cream. After a grilled meal, or after an afternoon spent swimming or playing in the hot Texas sun, it was the perfect treat. My younger brother loves mom’s Key Lime Pie so much he always requests it as his birthday dessert. His birthday is in mid-December, but he loves this summertime treat too much not to ask for it. She always makes him two pies – one for after dinner and a second for leftovers the next day as my family will demolish a single pie in no time. I come by my greediness naturally!

When mom and I discussed her Key Lime Pie she gave me some of her tips. She has made enough of these pies that I feel her tips are worth noting. The trend I noticed in her tips is freshness trumps convenience. That makes sense since the best fresh ingredients would certainly make the best pie. Here are her tips in order of preparation.

First is the crust. You want a crisp graham cracker base that isn’t too sweet, but not too bland either. The crispness of the crust stands in contrast to the smooth, creamy filling and adds some much needed texture. Also, the buttery, toasty flavor of the crust pairs nicely with the sweet-tart filling. Ready-made graham cracker crusts are available at the market, but my mother always takes the time to make her own. She said the store-bought crusts are dry and crumbly and they make a mess.

Key Lime Pie - Crisp graham cracker crust with a sweet, tart key lime filling and whipped cream topping. Time-Tested Family Recipe.

The second tip is the real magic of Key Lime Pie – key lime juice. Best quality key lime juice is the difference between a ‘meh’ pie and a pie that will really impress. You can usually find fresh key limes from June to September in the market, and while they take a bit of time to juice (an electric juicer is my mom’s secret weapon here) the effort is worth it. When using fresh key limes you will need three of four 1-pound bags. If you can’t fine fresh key limes they do sell the juice in a bottle and it is quite good and my mom recommends it as a second alternative. My mother is adamant – never use regular limes in a Key Lime Pie. The flavor is all wrong.

The final element is the fluffy whipped cream topping. There is not a lot to say about this except you should use very cold heavy whipping cream, a touch of powdered sugar and vanilla, and whip it until it makes soft peaks so you don’t make the whipped cream grainy as you spread it. My mother did say to never, and I mean NEVER, use frozen whipped topping. If you don’t want to whip your own cream get the whipped cream in a spray can.

One thing my mother also told me, more a warning than an actual tip, is to never, and I mean NEVER use green food coloring in your Key Lime Pie. The pie is meant to be a muted yellow color, not luridly, clownishly green. Don’t be tempted to add even a drop. I don’t, but then I listen to my mom when it comes to the kitchen. She is wise!

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Key Lime Pie - Crisp graham cracker crust with a sweet, tart key lime filling and whipped cream topping. Time-Tested Family Recipe.

Key Lime Pie

Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup fresh or bottled key lime juice

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp lime zest, for garnish
  • lime slices, for garnish (optional)

You will also need

  • mixing bowls, 9 inch pie plate, whisk, stand or hand mixer, plastic wrap or airtight pie container
Total Time: 8 Hours
Servings: 8
Kosher Key: Dairy
  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Begin by preparing the crust. In a medium bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar
  • Mix until the graham crumbs are thoroughly coated with the butter.
  • Press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown all over. Remove the crust from the oven to cool, and leave the oven on.
  • Next, prepare the filling. In a large bowl combine the condensed milk and egg yolks.
  • Whisk until thoroughly combined, then add the lime juice and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken slightly, about 1 minute.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and lightly tap the plate to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges and slightly wobbly in the center. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature, then cover the pie with plastic, or store in an airtight pie container, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • When you are ready to serve prepare the topping. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment, or in a medium bowl with a hand mixer, combine the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  • Mix on low speed for 30 seconds to combine the powdered sugar, then increase the speed to high and whip until soft peaks form, about 1 minute.
  • Spread the whipped cream on the pie.
  • Garnish with lime zest and lime slices, if desired.
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The Drama of Peonies in Spring http://toriavey.com/home-garden/2016/06/the-drama-of-peonies-in-spring/ http://toriavey.com/home-garden/2016/06/the-drama-of-peonies-in-spring/#respond Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:13:21 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39351 Fill your home with gorgeous, colorful peonies - the drama queens of spring!... Read More]]>

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

The Drama of Peonies in Spring from ToriAvey.com contributor Brenda Ponnay

Every year about this time I haunt my local Traders Joe’s, waiting for the grand entrance of the peonies – my favorite flower of all time. They come in small bunches, five to six buds wrapped up in cellophane. If you weren’t aware of the amazing grandeur locked away in the little golf-ball-sized buds, you could easily pass them over for seemingly prettier flowers. But two days later, those tiny buds will unfurl and you’ll be grabbing your camera in shock and awe as the petals unfold in an ombre of glory. Peonies are the drama queens of Spring.

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

My favorite thing to do is gather my collection of vintage jars, wash them all nice and clean and fill them with bouquets that I strategically place all around my house. One in the bathroom (did I mention they smell divine?), one on my dresser, one at my desk and of course as many as I can fit on my dining room table.

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

Tea party anyone?

Personally, I’ve been known to host parties around peony season itself. They are the ultimate decoration, demanding attention with their blooms that can reach up to six inches in diameter in a wide variety of colors. (You can’t get them in blue, unfortunately– look for delphinium if you’re hosting a blue-themed party.) Yes, sometimes they might even steal the whole show, forcing you and your guests to sit on phonebooks so that you can still see each other from across the table, but if you’re looking for a big impact peonies will never disappoint.

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood you can also find peonies in high-end grocery stores or special-order them from boutique florists. If you are more adventurous, you can go directly to the source and buy them at your local flower market in any big city. But make sure you check online first if you don’t have a resale license; many markets are closed to the public, but may offer open hours on the weekend. Be sure to go early! The best flowers are always gone by 8am.

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

When making your bouquets, give your peonies a fresh cut and remove any leaves that might fall below the waterline. This helps the water stay fresher so that your peonies last longer. Peonies also like to stay out of drafts and away from direct sunlight, so keep this in mind when you’re placing them around your home.

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

I’m not the only one to wax on about the beauty of this majestic flower. Peonies have a long and illustrious history in art and medicine.  They were very popular in Imperial gardens in China and were even put under Imperial protection during the Tang dynasty. From there, they spread to Japan where they were cultivated (and grafted) to create even more beauty. Ancient Chinese and European medicine used the roots, bark, seeds and flowers to cure anything from bladder stones to jaundice and even menstrual cramps. Today over 262 compounds are extracted from the peony and used to treat a variety of illnesses, including treating muscle cramps and preventing blood clotting.

The name peony itself comes from Greek Mythology. Paean (also spelled Paian) was a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. Then, Paeon gave peony seeds to Hades to heal him from an arrow wound inflicted by Hercules.

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

Many poems and songs have been written about the peony. In traditional Chinese and Japanese art, peonies often represent female beauty, as well as wealth and status. In western poetry, references to the blossoms have been used to evoke spring, ephemeral beauty and fleeting infatuation.

The Drama of Peonies in Spring - Home Decor Inspiration

Whether you are sitting by yourself having a solitary cup of tea or hosting an elaborate dinner party, peonies will always be a welcome guest. Pull up a chair and watch the show. Act fast– they’re in season now, but not for long!

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Looking Forward to June http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2016/06/looking-forward-to-june/ http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2016/06/looking-forward-to-june/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 23:37:49 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39374 Sharing upcoming movies, TV shows, books, events and more - what I'm looking forward to in June 2016!... Read More]]>

Looking Forward to June - Tori's Picks for June 2016

June has arrived and with it comes the beginning of summer, which I couldn’t be more ready for! In addition to the bounty of fruits and vegetables I’ll be cooking with, here are a few more things I’m looking forward to this month.

A CERTAIN AGE

Beatriz Williams’ A Certain Age takes place during New York’s Jazz Age. Theresa Marshall, socialite and woman of a “certain age”, has fallen in love with Octavian, a young hero of the Great War. Divorce is out of the question, though Theresa is free to do what she pleases thanks to an agreement with her husband Sylvo. When Theresa’s brother sets his sights on a young woman he intends to marry, Octavian is given he task of looking into the young woman’s family background. Unfortunately for Theresa, Octavian finds the young woman to be quite appealing, which sets off a dramatic love triangle that threatens to reveal family secrets and divide loyalties. Books like this are my absolute favorite in the summer.  A little drama, gossip and intrigue all wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age? You can find me poolside (under a large umbrella) with my nose in this one when it’s released in hardcover on June 28.

A Certain Age

SHAVUOT

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) begins on June 11 this year. The holiday commemorates the revelation of the Torah on Mt. Sinai to the Jewish people and is one of the three biblically based pilgrimage holidays known as the shalosh regalim. It is associated with the grain harvest in the Torah and is observed by abstaining from work and attending synagogue services. It is also customary to study Torah all night. Traditionally, Shavuot meals are centered around dairy foods, as milk is considered to be a symbol of nourishment in the Torah. Popular Shavuot foods include cheesecake, blintzes, and kugels. For all things Shavuot, including tasty recipes for the holiday, click here.

Looking Forward to June - Tori's Picks for June 2016

ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE

In this film Cate Blanchett plays Queen Elizabeth I at a time when she is facing a great threat to her rule both at home and from abroad. While focusing on restoring Roman Catholicism to her country, the queen is also resisting the budding romance growing between her and Sir Walter Raleigh, as well as learning of a plot involving her cousin Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Catch the film when it begins streaming on Netflix on June 1.

FATHER’S DAY

The first documented Father’s Day event was held on July 5, 1908, when a West Virginia church sponsored a celebration explicitly in honor of fathers. The Sunday sermon was held in memory of the 362 men who had died in the explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah. This one-time event came more than 60 years before Richard Nixon signed a proclamation that finally made Father’s Day a federal holiday. Some of my longtime readers know that my father, Renny Avey, is a contributor to the site. His column talks about the years he spent growing up on his family’s ranch in California. Be sure to visit the site on May 19, when I’ll be publishing his next column in honor of Father’s Day.

Looking Forward to June - Tori's Picks for June 2016

Don’t forget to let me know what you’re looking forward to this June!

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Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/05/memorial-day-recipes/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/05/memorial-day-recipes/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 19:49:35 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=31729 Try these delicious recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options.... Read More]]>

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day – Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

It’s easy to forget the true reason we celebrate Memorial Day– remembering our fallen U.S. soldiers and war heroes. I feel a profound gratitude to the men and women who serve our country; I am humbled by their sacrifice. Every year I try to attend a local Memorial Day celebration to support our troops and their families. I hope you have a chance to do the same this weekend.

In addition to being an opportunity to honor our troops, this is a long holiday weekend. It’s a perfect chance to relax with family and friends. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, a season best spent cooking tasty food on the grill and dining outside in the sunshine (when the weather cooperates!). I know many of you will be spending your holiday weekend doing these very things, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite summer recipes. I’ve included a little something for everyone whether you’re a meat-lover, vegetarian or vegan.

How will you be spending your long weekend?

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Aunt Carol’s Spinach Dip

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Lemon Basil Grilled Chicken Breasts

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Texas Sheet Cake

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Lemon Lemon Lentil Parsley Salad

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Spiked Limonana

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Lemon Vanilla Buttermilk Pie

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Ima Burgers

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Drop Biscuit Cobbler

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Blackberry Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Old Fashioned Oat Nut Apple Crisp

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Watermelon Rosemary Frozen Lemonade

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Crunchy Pickled Salad

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

New York Cheesecake

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Lemon Lavender Iced Tea

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Grilled Vegetable Salad

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Spiced Up Turkey Burgers

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Hummus Sriracha Deviled Eggs

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Marinated Fish Skewers

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Spring Pea Guacamole

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Black-Eyed Pea Burgers

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Meyer Lemon Basil Pasta Salad

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Limonana

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Pickle Slaw

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Lemon Pesto Vegetable Skewers

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Chocolate Icebox Pie

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Spicy Jalapeño Hummus 

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Lemon Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Feta

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Strawberry Basil Martini

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Red Cabbage Apple Salad with Blue Cheese

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Shortcut Mojito

Delicious Recipes for Memorial Day - Try these recipes for your Memorial Day weekend celebration, including lots of unique, healthy and flavorful options

Moroccan Quinoa and Carrot Salad

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Circulon Cookware Giveaway http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/contests-and-giveaways/2016/05/circulon-cookware-giveaway/ http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/contests-and-giveaways/2016/05/circulon-cookware-giveaway/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 17:52:06 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39277 Win $150 worth of high quality cookware from Circulon! Comment to win. Circulon: Circles for Love. Circles for Life. #CirclesForLove #ad... Read More]]>

Circular Cookware Giveaway on ToriAvey.com! Circulon: Circles for Love. Circles for Life. #CirclesForLove #ad

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I am very picky when it comes to my cooking pans. Ever since college, when I purchased my first “starter” set of pans, I’ve been learning what works and what doesn’t for my personal cooking needs. At each major milestone in my life– my first apartment, starting my blog, getting married and cooking for our family– I’ve added to and expanded my cooking “toolbox.” Making the transition from single gal with a hotplate to stocking a big, family-style kitchen was quite a shift, to say the least! With wedding season up on us, I’m sure many newlyweds are facing the same challenge as they register for gifts that will be an important part of their new lives together, hoping to find quality items that will last a lifetime.

Circular Cookware Giveaway on ToriAvey.com! Circulon: Circles for Love. Circles for Life. #CirclesForLove #ad

I was recently introduced to Circulon® cookware and their iconic circle cooking surface, which combines three layers of premium nonstick with a unique high-low circle pattern that protects against abrasion for superior food release performance that lasts. One of the most impressive things about this Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Cookware is that it is metal utensil safe, so you don’t need to worry about damaging the nonstick surface and can relax knowing that these pans will carry you well into your cooking future. They are also dishwasher safe, induction suitable and oven safe up to 400 degrees F. Circulon Symmetry Chocolate Bakeware is equipped with Circulon’s famous high/low circle pattern, which helps promote airflow and even baking, as well as a PFOA-free nonstick surface and durable steel construction. And check out that warm, luscious chocolate color. Fancy shmancy!

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For over thirty years, Circulon has focused on creating solutions that will help make cooking more efficient, convenient and enjoyable. They understand that you have a busy schedule and strive to help you stay one step ahead. Newlyweds can count on the Circulon circles and innovative engineering to help get their kitchens in order and carry them into the next phase of their life, and beyond! Forever is a long time, and Circulon is engineered to keep up.

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It’s so great being able to use my metal cooking utensils without worrying about scratching up the pans. Also, I’ve gotta say, the PFOA-free nonstick surface and those Circulon high-low circles really do make a difference. Frying up these little quinoa patties, I was impressed that I was able to use half the oil I normally do and still get a crisp, evenly cooked, golden result!

Circular Cookware Giveaway on ToriAvey.com! Circulon: Circles for Love. Circles for Life. #CirclesForLove #ad

Are you starting to think about investing in quality cookware and bakeware in your own kitchen? Newlyweds, I’m talking to you! How does a Circulon “Starter Pack” giveaway sound? To win, simply comment on this post with a valid email address – one comment per reader. Want additional entries? Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest with the hashtag #CirclesForLove and let me know in the comments where you shared it. I’ll give you one additional entry per share! We will choose one winner at random to receive a Circulon “Starter Pack” worth $150.00, that includes the following:

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Winner will be chosen by May 30 and notified via email, so please include a valid email address. Good luck!

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Beauty shots and styling by Bethany Nauert.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Circulon. The opinions and text are all mine.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Marcia, who was chosen via a numeric randomizer.

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The Forbidden Orchid + A Q&A with the Author http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2016/05/the-forbidden-orchid-author-interview/ http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2016/05/the-forbidden-orchid-author-interview/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 21:45:57 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=38841 Tori's Bookshelf - The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller. Book description and interview with the author.... Read More]]>

Tori's Bookshelf - The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller. Book description and interview with the author.

The Forbidden Orchid, Sharon Biggs Waller’s second novel, was released on March 8th and I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy. As many of my regular readers know, Sharon is a good friend and contributor to my site. In addition, she’s a fantastic historical writer and researcher. Orchid follows a young woman named Elodie, the eldest of 10 sisters, living in England during the mid 1800s. Elodie’s mother is unwell and her father, a plant hunter, is away most of the time, pushing Elodie into the role of parent. When she learns that her father has failed to collect a rare orchid from China, she quickly realizes that she must convince him to return for the orchid before he is thrown into debtor’s prison and her sisters are sent away to the orphanage or the workhouse. As she begins helping him make plans for his return to China, it becomes clear that she must join him, leaving behind her mother, sisters and the only life she has ever known. She begins the journey as a secret stowaway about a tea clipper named The Osprey. 

Without giving away too much, I will just say that the voyage to China is a rocky one and learning to acclimate to a new country proves to be quite the challenge, though Elodie does manage to meet some charming (and not so charming) characters along the way, including a romantic interest and an adorable dog. Sharon’s writing is filled with unique personalities who each add their own special element to the story. Some of publishing’s top reviewers have lauded Orchid’s feminist themes as well as the book’s sensitive portrayals of addiction, recovery and diversity and I couldn’t agree more. Congratulations on another beautiful book, Sharon!

And now, I’ll turn it over to author herself…

Hi Sharon! You’ve been a contributor to the site for a while now and we love hearing all about your life on the farm. Can you tell us a little about The Forbidden Orchid and why you chose to write about this area of history? And why an orchid? 

Thank you!  I love writing about the farm.  We have four new kids right now—goats, that is! Three Nubians (the goat with the floppy ears) and one LaMancha (the goat with the tiny ears).  We also have our own goat ready to kid in April. It’s Tonks’ first time and we are hoping it will all go well. Everyone is looking forward to fresh goat milk and cheese. We are also redoing our vegetable garden and planting a few more apple trees in the orchard.  There is always something to do on the farm!

I chose to write about natural history and plant hunting because I’ve always been a nature girl.  My favorite place in the world when I was a little girl was in a big maple tree on my grandpa’s farm with a book in my hand. When I was 13 I volunteered at the National Park near my house and then became a park ranger at 18, which was very young for that kind of career. I was a seasonal ranger and so I traveled from park to park.  I worked at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Grand Canyon National Park, and Cabrillo National Monument. But I didn’t learn about garden plant history until I moved to England in 2000. England is a land of gardeners and always has been, so plants are a big part of their heritage. My husband and his family are keen gardeners and I learned a lot from them.  I find inspiration for stories in lots of places and I never know when something will hit.  I learned about the Victorian plant hunters when I visited to The Garden Museum in Lambeth and saw an exhibit. What struck me most were the Wardian cases on display (the terrariums plant hunters used to bring their discoveries back across the seas in good condition) and stories about the perils of plant exploration. Hunters were often kidnapped, ransomed, murdered, drowned or terribly injured in their quests—all to bring back plants for wealthy collectors, landscape companies, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. I sort of filed all that info away and thought it would make a great story someday.  I happened to mention it to my agent three years ago and he was immediately interested.  So the story of Elodie, a teen plant huntress, began.

Initially I thought I would have Elodie hunt for alpine species because I loved the idea of her climbing in the Swiss Alps, but in my research I discovered that orchids were the big get, and fortunes could be won and lost on a new plant—a craze called Orchid-delirium. Also, Victorian females were discouraged from owning orchids because people thought it would undo their feminine constitution! It sounds so odd to our modern ears, but orchids were thought be all about passion then. Interestingly, Queen Victoria had a collection of orchids! So, as usual, research helped me pull the story together. This is the great thing about writing historical novels; research is a kind of archeology where you reveal the story as you work your way through the layers of history.

I love orchids myself and have a collection of them in my bathroom. I started with the easiest one to grow, the Moth Orchid (phalaenopsis) and worked my way into a few more difficult ones, such as the Lady Slipper orchid (paphiopedilum), mentioned in the story.

Tori's Bookshelf - The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller. Book description and interview with the author.

Like your previous novel, A Mad Wicked Folly, Orchid has a strong female voice. Why do you choose to portray your main characters as early voices of feminism?

I’m a huge feminist and I really want to write about how far we have come and how held back women really were. Of course, we still have a long way to go, but it’s good to know about women who have fought so hard for us.

So I like to write characters that yearn for something but are told they can’t because they are girls. I mean, that’s the ultimate slap in the face, and I think it takes a strong person to push against society, not only outwardly, but inwardly as well. Often when women pushed back they became outcasts or brought shame on their families. So this is all grist for the story mill.   Because I love to write historical novels, I don’t have to go far to find instances where girls came up against this societal barrier.

But in ORCHID, I wanted to show what men were up against too.  Alex and Papa are good examples. They had freedom, but they could also lose their lives and family with one wrong step.

What made you decide to write YA historical fiction?

I’ve always loved teen novels. I remember how much they shaped my life. I found myself in the pages of those books and discovered that I wasn’t the only girl who felt as I did. I wanted to be part of that arc and to make stories that inspired girls too.  I love history and my imagination sparks to life when I hear about stories from the past, so it was a natural fit for me.

What are you working on next?

I’m actually working on a YA contemporary about two girls on a road trip, and putting together some ideas for a YA historical set during the Revolutionary War.

Tori's Bookshelf - The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller. Book description and interview with the author.

To purchase your own copy of The Forbidden Orchid, click here.

Interested in keeping up with Sharon and her writing? Visit her website here.

Do you have a historical read you would enjoy seeing on my Bookshelf? Please let me know in the comments!

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Lazy Daisy Cake http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/05/lazy-daisy-cake/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/05/lazy-daisy-cake/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 18:19:53 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=37457 Light, moist vanilla cake topped with a broiled brown sugar coconut icing. Time-Tested Family Recipe.... Read More]]>

Lazy Daisy Cake – Light, moist vanilla cake topped with a broiled brown sugar coconut icing. Time-Tested Family Recipe.

Lazy Daisy Cake – Light, moist vanilla cake topped with a broiled brown sugar coconut icing. Time-tested family recipe.

My friend Kelly Jaggers is back with another wonderful family recipe! Her nostalgic memories behind this recipe, beautifully expressed, make it taste even sweeter.  ~ Tori

My Aunt Ruby had a habit of tucking important bits of information into containers stashed around her house. Once when I was visiting I wanted to make a glass of chocolate milk. I got the chocolate powder from her pantry and imagine my surprise when I found not chocolate milk mix but money! She was raised during the great depression. While she had a bank account, she never kept all her money there. You never knew, did you?

One afternoon a few years before she passed away Ruby and I were sitting in her kitchen when I started nosing around her kitchen looking for recipes. Ruby was a keen recipe collector. She would copy down recipes onto pale blue recipe cards and store them in a variety of metal recipe boxes around her kitchen. She invited me to copy down any that caught my eye, knowing how much I love to cook. There were recipes she has copied out of the newspaper and magazines, some were recipes from friends, and others were of her own invention.

One thing I noticed about Ruby’s recipes is they often did not contain specific directions about oven temperatures and baking times. This is a common problem with recipes that are passed down in my family. The cook knew the details and just used the card to remind her of the measurements. If there is a method listed, it is often a little sketchy, with just a brief note about how to mix something specific. Ruby had a mind like a steel trap, and she didn’t need the details on the recipes. I quizzed her about recipes that I wanted to have, and she knew without having to think too hard, what the times and temperatures were. She also gave me a few helpful hints that I jotted down. It was on this occasion that I copied down a 1940’s classic, Lazy Daisy Cake.

Lazy Daisy Cake – Light, moist vanilla cake topped with a broiled brown sugar coconut icing. Time-Tested Family Recipe.

A few weeks later I made my first Lazy Daisy Cake. I followed Ruby’s directions to the letter and the result was scrumptious! The cake itself is light and moist with a pleasant vanilla flavor. The star is the frosting. It is similar in flavor to a praline, but closer in texture to the frosting on a German Chocolate Cake. I did a little research and found many variations on the Lazy Daisy Cake. Some contain oats, others have nuts or fruit. I like it just the way Ruby made it.

Ruby said that the Lazy Daisy Cake was a favorite of hers because it was so simple. The best part, she told me, was that this cake didn’t require any fancy decorating. Instead the frosting is warmed on the stove to melt the sugar, then it is spread over the just baked cake and broiled until deeply golden brown and thick. She told me that the trick to keeping the cake super moist was to broil the frosting when the cake was just baked through and golden around the edges, but not golden all over.

This cake would make an excellent hostess gift, or house warming gift as you serve it in the pan. Take over the cake and leave the baking dish or pan behind after the cake has been devoured. That was something Ruby suggested, actually. She loved to take a baked gift in a pretty pan, making it in essence two gifts in one. Who wouldn’t love that?

Food Photography and Styling by Kelly Jaggers

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Lazy Daisy Cake – Light, moist vanilla cake topped with a broiled brown sugar coconut icing. Time-Tested Family Recipe.

Lazy Daisy Cake

Cake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Icing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

You will also need

  • 9x9 inch cake pan, non-stick cooking spray, medium saucepan, mixing bowls,
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: 9-12
Kosher Key: Dairy
  • Heat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9x9-inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the milk.
  • Once the milk begins to simmer turn off the heat and add the tablespoon of butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter is melted. Set aside to cool.
  • In a medium bowl add the sugar, milk mixture, and eggs. Mix until well combined.
  • Then add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until no large lumps remain, about 12 strokes.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the cake is just golden brown around the edges and the center of the cake springs back when gently pressed.
  • While the cake bakes prepare the icing. In a medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, five tablespoons of butter, and cream.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat until it comes to a boil then turn off the heat and stir in the coconut.
  • Once the cake has baked remove it from the oven and turn on the broiler. Spread the icing evenly over the cake, then place the cake under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, or until the icing is bubbling vigorously all over. Remove the cake from the oven and cool to room temperature in the pan before slicing and serving. Keeps for up to three days in an air tight container at room temperature.
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