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this kind of flakey is acceptable!!

As a cold front approached and garnered the potential for some flurries in the night sky, I took it upon myself to make sure flakes showed up! My flakes, however were in the form of buttery golden topped buttermilk scones.
With a recipe consisting of pantry and crisper staples… flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, butter and shortening, soon some gorgeous scones would be pulled from my oven… After sifting all of my dry ingredients, it was time to cut in the chunks of butter and shortening. As soon as my mixture began to gain a crumbly existence, it was dampened with some tangy buttermilk, stirred lightly until combined [not overworked] and then turned out onto my workspace to be brought together into a wobbly [nobody’s judging], lengthened ‘disk’. From this disk the scones were gently plucked out one by one, layered on a baking sheet, brushed with an egg wash and baked off…
Once puffed and bronzed, it was off to cool and then be slathered later with some scarlet-colored rhubarb jam and enjoyed with a hot cup of tea.

at a low simmer…
-R

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a savory meat pie!

Today I prepared a dish that I grew up having. It’s an Italian Easter pie! It’s a ‘meat’ pie full of different meats and cheeses. The filling is ricotta-based and absolutely incredible!
I started off by making the crust… flour, salt, shortening [the only place I would use this], eggs and ice cold water. Prepping the dough is a breeze because I quickly work it together in the food processor! Once combined, I form it into a disk and chill it in the fridge for a bit.
While the dough was chilling, I started on the filling. Ricotta cheese, grated pecorino romano, eggs, salt, minced parsley diced mozz, a variety of diced cured Italian meats! A quick mix in a large bowl and set aside.
Once chilled I halved the dough and rolled out one portion and placed it into a springform pan, poured in the filling, covered it over with the other half of dough, brushed with an egg wash and into the oven till golden and cooked through!
Salty and creamy with a wonderful toasty crunchy crust! Perfect for a Sunday dinner or a weekday lunch!

at a low simmer…
-R

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