|Inga surrounded by her Jerseys!|
For the record, I will say that I'm not all that fond of cooking. I do it because it is part of my job. I make everything from scratch, and I would give myself a B+ average. I cook the basics: pot roast; chili; mac and cheese; spaghetti; chocolate cake. I will admit that Hank is more apt to try new recipes: mango pork; seafood chowder; Red Eye coffee-rubbed chicken. And after all these years of watching cooking shows with Hank, I was never inspired enough to actually make something I had seen on tv. Enter Inga.
I think it was her slightly disheveled, homesteading-Mom persona that drew me in. Afterall, pairing cotton dresses, aprons and rubber boots speaks right to my heart. Perhaps it was the fact that she used a handcrank egg beater or that she cut out her pastry with a martini glass. Again, both of which I do. But who am I kidding? The actual hook came in the first five minutes of that episode when she milked a gorgeous Jersey cow.
|Inga's Pork Picnic Pie|
Before I started, I tried to channel all the foodie mojo out of Wild Kat's apron that she had left at my house. Figured it couldn't hurt.
And yes, that is a prop stick holding my oven door closed. Older appliances require a bit of ingenuity.
Then I cut out the pastry with a margarita glass.
Filled my pies with the beef mixture and cut the tops using a bonafide cookie cutter.
The pies baked in the muffin tin for half an hour. Then they were out on a cookie sheet, brushed with an egg wash, and baked again for half an hour.
I really, really wanted to call these Sweeney Todds, but Hank said no. He said at some point the children would understand the significance of that name and require clinical counseling. But "meat pie" seems so boring. I see many possibilities for this recipe. They can be filled with just about anything. And so I will be tuning in next week to see what else Inga has to share. One episode is entitled "Counting Sheep!"
How 'bout Teeney Sweeneys? Less creepy?