Thursday, February 23, 2012

Camden, Arkansas history. I've pieced this set together over the past couple of years. One candle holder bought in a goodwill store in North Dallas and the other online advertised as California pottery. I found the centerpiece sitting on a shelf in an old gas station in Oklahoma on my way back from a wedding in Eureka Springs - I told the lady at the counter I'd give her $5 and she took it. These are all Camark Pottery, made in my hometown in the mid 40's and were original designs by Ernest Lechner. It's important to share a reunion of any kind - especially ones where things have been separated for over 60 years. What have you brought together lately?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Mrs. Hilly - two slice

Maybe not the best pie reference BUT that was the first time I'd seen a chocolate pie made and served like the one in "The Help".  I used my basic custard recipe and just added cocoa with a big dollop of freshly whipped cream in the center.  It was a "bake in shell" pie and was an amazing surprise how delicious it was.  It's my new standard chocolate pie - compared to a boiled custard with meringue on top. 
No special ingredients.  :)