Monday, October 29, 2012

JRBakes a pie - crust and all.

You can do it too - it's easier than making a mess.
Buttermilk pie with homemade crust that you can make yourself.  Maybe just in time for Thanksgiving...?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_bn-cwZzzA

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Only in America

I celebrated Independence Day by enjoying my freedom to operate my own at home business. Only in this country can someone work from home doing something they love. I'm thankful to live in America - I'm proud to be one too.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Paul Sherman Brown - Just 2 states and 3 generations away


Over the holiday weekend I took a short trip to see one of the first mix use buildings in St. Louis.  This was built by my Great^3 uncle in the 1920's and is now downtown loft living for 222 lucky individuals.  Not bad for a poor country kid who used to sell tobacco door to door from a wagon.  I'm excited to learn more.
http://paulbrownlofts.com/history.html

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today I got a message from a customer.  I'm so touched by why this item was ordered and how it was given.  You never know what good things can come from generous actions....I call this a win win situation.
Message below the photo's of the project as it unfolded...
Hey, just wanted to share a story with you about the good your "goods" do! My father passed away recently and my mom had not been able to take care of our big yard by herself, so our long time neighbor took it upon himself to step in and take my dad's place as yard man. Long story short, I wanted to return the favor and when I asked what I could do for he and his wife I was told to pay them in Chocolate, so then I ordered a LB of fudge from you and it might as well of been a LB of gold!  He not only said it was the best fudge he’d had, which didn’t go over well with h is wife btw lol, but that it was worth all the hard labour and sweat!  I sent the FD article you were featured in and he was very impressed and wishes you the best and is sure you will be a success.  Looks like I know what I’ll be ordering periodically for you to send to Grandbury!  You got a good thing going here.
Peace and success,
Chad
JRBakes That story is worth 4 times its weight in gold. THAT is why I bake. Nothing says to someone that you care about them or care about what they do like giving them something homemade and delicious.
You rock, Chad. I'm happy to make something for you anytime. :)
Thank you...
-J.R.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ode to Buttermilk - Buttermilk Pie, that is...

Possibly the best - most satisfying dessert I make is my buttermilk pie.  I can't think of anything more simple and delicious.  If you have eggs, butter, buttermilk, flour, and sugar - and don't forget the vanilla - you're all set.  Several of my friends buy their crust; I think it's a sin but who am I to judge these poor slackers?  If you've never tried this or think "I HATE BUTTERMILK", all I can say is that I "pity the fool" that doesn't eat this southern staple.
Enjoy!
Order one at: johnraleigh@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Like Mother, Like Daughter

I thought I'd share this photo of my Great-Grandmother, Josie, and my Grandmother, Virginia.  Check out those lapels!  I knew both of them.  By the time I was born, Josie was blind and only traveled from home to church on Sundays when Gin Gin would pick her up.  Both were amazing cooks and known in the community and especially the church for a meal fixed in an iron skillet or any dessert they made with a crust.  Josie having raised 8 children of her own and helped raise another 20 grandchildren knew how to feed a crowd and taught all of her daughters the same technique.  My grandmother could fry enough chicken fried steak to feed any busy resturant for an entire day in what seemed like the blink of an eye and each piece would be just as warm and crisp as the next and every pie had a crust that was consistantly as flaky as the next.  I strive for this cooking perfection - I think I've made it with the pie crust - I figure I'll try the skillet skills next.  Steak supper anyone?