Cranberry-Apple Pie

Cranberry-Apple Pie

Cranberry-apple pie adds zing to pie apples that fall a little flat. Lard in the pie crust & butter substitute in the filling makes it dairy free.

Yes, that slice of cranberry-apple pie looks delicious. And as everyone in the Home Again gang can testify, it tasted even better than it looks. Anne and I mentioned this pie in our live Facebook video that showed how to make Grandma Conrad’s Never Fail Pie Crust.

I promised to publish this recipe more than a month ago. But between my broken foot recovery, the men racing to complete a basement remodel project before the baby arrives, Anne’s contractions coming and going for at least a month (and still 3 weeks until her due date), and Tad being 2-and-a-half, our three generation household has been a three ring circus. So Anne and I would like to apologize for the lack of a new podcast episode for the second week of January 2018 and for not completing the promised pie making video on our Patreon page. To be honest, the video probably won’t happen for quite a while and new podcast episodes will be scarce until Anne and the new baby, once she’s born, get into a manageable groove.

However, as we mentioned during our first Facebook live video of 2018, I am walking again. So at least I can share the promised recipe for cranberry-apple pie. We created it after we discovered the pie apples we froze last fall make a rather bland pie. Because we had purchased and frozen extra cranberries when they were on sale at Thanksgiving, we searched the internet for cranberry-apple recipes. But we wanted a simple recipe, and the ones on the internet required oodles of spices, orange zest and more. Once again, I pulled out the 1977 Betty Crocker Cookbook, which was a wedding present from my grandmother and found the simple recipe we wanted. As usual, we used much less sugar since Hiram tries to watch his sugar intake. We replaced the flour in the filling with minute tapioca because we like it better. We also used Earth Balance Buttery Vegan Sticks instead of butter since 3/5 of our household can’t do dairy.

Cranberry-Apple Pie

3 cups peeled, sliced pie apples
2 cups whole cranberries, washed
1/2–3/4 cup sugar, depending on taste
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup minute tapioca
2 tablespoons Earth Balance Buttery Vegan Sticks
Cinnamon sugar in a shaker

Preheat oven to 425°. In a bowl combine apples, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and minute tapioca. Mix thoroughly until fruit is coated. Turn into a 9 inch pastry-lined pie pan. Dot fruit with Earth Balance. Carefully cover with top crust and crimp edges to seal. With a knife trim off any excess pie crust. Cut small air vents in the top crust. Spritz top crust lightly with water and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Bake pie at 425° for 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 375° and bake for 45 minutes longer or until the center filling bubbles. If top crust begins to brown early, lightly cover with a sheet of aluminum foil. Take out of oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

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#13 Getting Ready for Baby

#13 Getting Ready for Baby

#13 Getting Ready for Baby

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Everybody at Home Again is getting ready for Baby Lewella’s imminent arrival. Below you’ll find links to products and establishments that have made getting ready for baby easier. Let’s start with the Pumpkin Patch book and toy store where Grammy Jo found rhythm instruments she and Tad will use to march around the house singing Jingle Bells until the snow melts.

Other businesses and stores mentioned in today’s podcast:

Once again, we’d love it if you would share your gluten-free and soy-free healthy snack recipes we can make ahead and freeze for Tad. You can scroll down and click on the “Contact Us” link to share them or send an email to homeagainpodcast@gmail.com any time you like.

Slow Cooker Chicken Thai Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Thai Soup

Our family loves Thai soup. So I’m always on the look out for recipes that taste like what I’ve been served at good Thai restaurants. In September, I found and tucked away a slow cooker chicken Thai soup recipe until December and winter arrived. It was an immediate hit for several reasons. First, because of the slow cooker, it was fairly easy to put together. Second, it is gluten, dairy, and soy-free so it required no modifications for our dietary needs. Third, it tasted delicious and received the coveted Hiram seal of approval. And fourth, it can be easily doubled or even tripled to create freezer meal.

My version of the recipe (which I couldn’t find on Parade’s Community Table recipe page) is slightly easier than the original and uses easier-to-find ingredients. Also, I through rice noodles into the mix to make the soup a hearty and complete meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Thai Soup

2 lemons, zested
3 cups chicken or turkey broth
1/4 cup fish sauce (can use soy sauce)
1 (2 inch) piece ginger, peeled and grated
6 strips lime zest
1 thinly sliced shallot or 2 thinly sliced green onion
1/4 cup red curry paste
1 1/2 pounds chicken hindquarters
4 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 finely chopped large carrot
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 (16 ounce) package of Thai rice noodles
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh basil
1 thinly sliced green onion
1 red, yellow, or orange sweet pepper, thinly sliced

Preheat the slow cooker. Place lemon zest, broth, fish sauce (or soy sauce), ginger, lime zest, shallot or green onion, chicken hindquarters, and mushrooms in cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or on low for 5 hours.

Remove chicken from cooker and cool before picking meat off the bones. Then put it back in the cooker.*

Add coconut milk, chopped carrot, and red curry paste. Cook on high for 30 minutes longer or for 1 hour on low.

20 minutes before serving, prepare the Thai noodles according to package directions. Place them in a large bowl.

Right before serving, stir in lime juice, cilantro, basil, and green onion.

To serve, place rice noodles in the bottom of each soup bowl. Then ladle soup onto the noodles. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced green onions, along with the sweet pepper slices and add some red pepper flakes for heat if that’s your jam.

*If making freezer meals, allow this mixture to cool and place in labeled gallon zipper bags. Proceed with the rest of the recipe when you serve the freezer meal.

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#12 The Long Winter Begins

#12 The Long Winter Begins

#12 The Long Winter Begins

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

This episode is named after Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book The Long Winter. We highly recommend the entire series for reading aloud to kids, though winter is not the time to read The Long Winter. Save it for when the weather improves.

Anne also mentioned The Enchanted Chronicles, Dealing with Dragons series as a good winter read aloud.

Jolene and Anne recommend these products for combatting depression when the long winter begins:

Finally, here’s a list of DVDs that make us happy in winter:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock
  • Longmire (rather dark)
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Parenthood (Anne thinks this one is too emotional)
  • Psych
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
  • Father Brown
  • Pushing Daisies
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show

#11 Combining Christmas

#11 Combining Christmas

#11 Combining Christmas

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

We promised links to many of the products, recipes, and crafts mentioned in the Combining Christmas podcast. Let’s start with crafts. First up, is the paper cup/jingle bell ornament that is Tad’s favorite. All you need is a small red or green paper cup, a jingle bell, curling ribbon and a pair of scissors. The pictures below show what to do.

Check out links to some other fun and simple craft links:

Next up, links to recipes that will part of our Christmas celebration:

And finally, here are links to some of the products we mentioned:

Anne’s favorite Christmas CD: John Denver & the Muppets–A Christmas Together
Anne’s favorite version of Dicken’s Christmas Carol: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Our favorite family game: Carcassonne Basic Board Game