Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Comprise, The Pie That Didn't Make The Cut and Gratitude

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This week it’s about gratitude and finding it in all situations… Working with your family can, at times be very trying.  Especially when we are all hard headed.  Chris (my son) tells me today that the more he works with his mom and his wife (Bethany) the more he learns to say yes to whatever we want.  He is good, I taught him well but he is not tricking the master.  I would say, and Bethany would probably agree that Chris ends up getting what he wants most of the time.  Now, while reading this and thinking how silly it is, keep in mind there are lots of decision to be made with running this restaurant/bar.  We have 42 employees, so on a daily basis we deal with some employee issue, add that to the food, the drink, the music, the historic aspect, something breaking at least once a week that needs repaired or replaced and the social media.  That’s a lot of decisions that need to be made by one of us.  Sometimes we need to be reminded but we all get over stuff pretty quick.  We hash it out and move on or like Chris says, sometimes we know we are never going to please the other and that we have to accept.  So in short, we all know, acceptance leads to calmness leads to getting the job done or getting over it.  For that I am grateful.  We have all came a long way, for that I am grateful.  We have one common interest while we are working, the best thing for Arnold’s, for that I am grateful.
So now about the apple pie.  I really beef up the dessert choices over the holidays because people love to have dessert during the holidays.  I always have, in Chris’s opinion, too many.  So today when I gave him the menu to write he had a fit because I had 12+ desserts on there.  We went to battle on it and he said I needed 5.  I said I could not get rid of seven.  He said which was my least favorite.  I said they were all my favorites.  Round and round and both holding our ground.  In the end he won by saying he gave up and to keep them all.  So I gave it some thought and reduced it by 3.  The caramel apple crumb pie did not make the cut so below is the recipe if you want to make it yourself.  I will add it to the dessert list in January.  Oh, by the way, we were laughing it up five minutes later and all was forgotten, until next time!


Make your own crust for a deep dish pie or buy Pillsbury pie crust. 
·        7 apples, cored, and sliced (leave peel on)
·        3/4 cup brown sugar
·        1 teaspoon cinnamon
·        3 Tbsp butter (non-dairy for vegan, such as Earth Balance)

In heavy skillet add the apples and butter until your apples are browned (about 5 minutes on high heat) then add your sugar and cinnamon until dissolved.  Pour into uncooked pie crust.

·        For the crumble topping:
·        1 cup rolled oats
·        1/2 cup almond meal or flour
·        1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
·        pinch  salt
·        4 Tbsp soft  butter
·        1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all of crumble topping and add to top of apple pie

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until crust and top is browned.