My grown son is now in his own condo and this collection of recipes I called, Dearest Michael were written when he was younger as you will see by my references, as a gift to him for this very moment.
Whether you read them for the story or the recipe, know that they were written as a tribute to the many people who have influenced my kitchen, my cooking and my notion of family.
“You’re a really great baker,” you said so matter of factly to me when we were driving somewhere one day.
You were driving me like Miss Daisy. You had sort of become my driver when you lived with me and had your driver's license.
Not sure if this was something you enjoyed as much as I did, but I confess, I loved being driven.
These words from son to mother are like the sound of my favorite cardinal in the morning. They make a mother's heart sing.
I am good at baking and baking anything connected me to your great grandmother, Kitsie and my my mother, your Grandmother.
Baking reminded me of the strength and connection you and I have because baking has always been a great connector in the ktichen.
It is repairing and centering and filled with love. There is no anger in my kitchen, it is always a happy spot and a grounding one.
Anytime I am in the kitchen, this is my zen place. Pulling out pans and sticks of butter to prepare something for you or any guests has given me such a warm feeling in my heart.
Now that I have had the pleasure of watching you in your own kitchen, I know I have transferred this feeling to you. I hope the kitchen will also be your place to head anytime you feel anxious or may be overthinking something.
The kitchen, like the garden always propels me into the present and before I know it, any worry disappears. Just pulling out a special pan, or a certain wooden spoon knowing the thousands of recipes it has stirred or held is enough to feel like I just did a yoga class.
As I thought about the next recipe this morning when I woke up at 3:30 am, besides the brownie recipe (which as you know cannot be made public and is in the vault until I exit), it has to be this CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE recipe.
There are some recipes that are made so often, you don’t even need the recipe. This one I have changed slightly from the original because I have made so many of them, I have discovered a better way to make them over the years.
This dessert is super easy especially if you use a store bought frozen pie crust. For some purist bakers, the thought of a frozen pie crust is counter intuitive, but I have yet to perfect an easy pie crust and this is a really awesome time saver. (Likely loaded with every preservative I am always barking about, but what the hell.)
I always keep a few in the freezer, Grandma Ann turned me onto Oronoque Orchards Frozen Pie Crusts years before I got married like in 1985 or something. This was a time in my life when I should have been finishing college, but instead was living with a boyfriend, searching for some home life or stability that for some reason I didn’t think I could provide for myself.
Thank goodness that silly notion has changed. I have evolved and so has this recipe as years of baking any one recipe does.
This pie recipe I found on the back of one of the hundreds of Nestle Chocolate Chip packages I have had as a baking staple in the kitchen for my entire life since my first apartment.
Thank goodness for BJ's because they sell the nuclear version of Nestle Chocolate Chips and I always have at least one but more often two in my pantry and or freezer.
I hope that anytime you see the golden yellow package of Nestle Chocolate Chips in your adult life, it transports you to the smells and sweetness of our kitchen when you were younger.
I Love You. Love Mom
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CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE
(original recipe taken from the back of a Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip package at least twenty five years ago).
I have doubled this recipe but I wouldn’t suggest it for your first rodeo of baking; you have to get to know its personality first before assuming that simple doubling is just multiplying by 2 in a baking recipe, it is not).
Start here and you will see that other great recipes along the way will come from some of this prep. Enjoy!
I love a nice pie plate to set the pie crust in so it looks prettier than the foil that holds it.
This happy go lucky sunshiney yellow pie plate aptly called Sweetie Pie by Great Jones will brighten up any store bought frozen pie crust.
I covet fine and beautiful serving pieces. I have been lucky enough to inherit vast amounts of pieces from both sides of my family. This Georg Jensen pie server piece is simple and stunning if you want to treat yourself or someone you love. If you want a real treat to feast your eyes on head over to the Georg Jensen website and drool over the sterling silver collection. Over the top.