Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Making Up For February

February might have been Pie Month but we've been hitting the diner scene pretty hard in the rainy weather. In service of keeping an old lady happy (as well as my mother) we've been comparing our two favorite diners and the latest food I really shouldn't be eating which seems to be mostly pie.

Cool, daddio (spell check wanted to change it to "radio)

Pumpkin Pie at da Norske Nook ya hey

Strawberry Rhubarb pie at da Norske Nook

"Real Food"

Caramel Apple Walnut pie, my mother thought it was missing something

Strawberry Rhubarb pie ala mode at Hubbard Ave

What was missing was some of my ice cream although it looks like mashed potatoes. We are not yet at the point of putting mashed potatoes on pie

The Results
My mother enjoyed both her Norske Nook Pumpkin pie and the Hubbard Avenue Caramel Apple Walnut. She especially enjoyed her pie with my ice cream. She was most enthused about the Pumpkin pie from the Norske Nook and isn't it weird it's in season? Is it fall in Norway?
Hubbard Avenue's Strawberry Rhubarb pie with its crumbly crust along with them asking if we wanted our dessert warmed and a la mode made it the Strawberry Rhubarb pie winner—June 9 is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.
The Nook's Strawberry Rhubarb pie was too cold with an almost raw crust and uninspiring filling. The soft, undercooked doughy approach sets my teeth on edge and I see it way too often in cookies and other pastry. How do you like your bakery crusts, brown and crispy or the wrong way?

36 comments:

  1. I'll take that sandwich and ice cream. You can have the pie.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. I'm with you on that, but their ice cream is best in a chocolate soda I think. I don't know of any other place in town that serves them. The pie or at least mine wasn't great, but their key lime and cocokey lime are extraordinary.

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  2. Dang, the peeps just had some non-yummy strawberry rhubarb pie too, it must be going around!

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    1. Huh, that is weird, Brian and I assume you weren't interested in this particular treat unless it was served with whipped cream. And National Strawberry Rhubarb pie just on the horizon.

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  3. Wow a whole post about pie, no wonder your Mum had such a lovely time. I wouldn't like a raw doughy crust either - buttery, crispy with a really good quality vanilla ice cream melting on the top all the way

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    1. Ha, yup. I agree wholeheartedly, buttery and crispy are key and no "soggy bottoms." This vanilla ice cream wasn't the best but then I am picky.

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  4. You are killing me with your desserts. I'm trying to go on a diet and now all I want is pie!

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  5. LOL....I remember my mom making a Rhubarb Pie and now I will have to find the recipe!
    This is my first time visiting and hope to peruse your blog more thoroughly soon!
    Thank you for sharing!

    - Lisa

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    1. Rhubarb is so sour a straight rhubarb pie needs plenty of sugar and does well with a crumble top. The strawberry helps with the intense rhubarb taste I think.

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  6. I want pumpkin pie .. Is it possible? LOL
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs!

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    1. Me too, I think that's my next Norske Nook order, Ella. Yes, it's possible, haaa. You too, can't wait for your camping adventures.

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  7. I grew up eating in diners- not too many around here anymore- There used to be specials where the meal came with dessert but it was usually a bowl of jello or ice cream. Being a kid I liked them both especially when they put whipped cream on top!

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    1. You still see that weak dessert in places and yes, it's usually vanilla ice cream in one of those metal ice cream dishes or jello, lol. Whipped cream makes everything better.

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  8. OMG that looks like my kind of food. I love rhubarb crumble, it reminds me of my grandad he used to grow rhubarb and it was lovely. #keepingitreal

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    1. I loved finding patches of rhubarb as a kid. There was some growing on the other side of the fence on our playground in school, that rhubarb didn't have a chance.

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  9. Diner Hopping are you? HAHA...I love the looks of the pies but I have never had rhubarb pie. Not sure I have ever tasted anything rhubarb. Give me a good ole apple, pumpkin or pecan and I will be happy. Happier if you make that a choc pie!

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    1. I'm always looking for a new place to hop but we end up between these two places quite often. Stealing rhubarb was a big part of my childhood and my mother and grandmother made fantastic rhubarb pies. I love all those flavors and made a LOT of apple pies at one point in my life.

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  10. It all looks delicious ~ Yummy looking photos!

    Happy Times to you,
    C & Z

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    1. I guess I miss my sweets blog, Carol.

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  11. Maybe it is just the photo, but that pie looks gigantic! Yummy! I love diner food and I love a good BLT!

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    1. The ones from the Norske Nook were a tad smaller than usual, If you want to see a big slice, you need to get the fresh fruit strawberry or one of their frozen pies. My favorite is the Northwoods Root Beer Float pie but it's "retired" which means you need to order it ahead of time.

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  12. Thanks a lot for joining Tummy tuesdays. These pies looks yummy (making my tummy growl)

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    1. I've had better, Mary. Might have to pre order a North Woods Root Beer Float Pie.

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  13. I want me some pie! Cherry pie is my favorite, yummm. The caramel apple walnut sounds like something I'd try. I may have to bake a pie tomorrow or convince the Husband we need to buy one.

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    1. Ya know, cherry pie is one of my least favorite. Something about the texture setting my teeth on edge. The Caramel Apple Walnut is usually bigger and better with hot caramel streaming down the side. Do take photos if you bake tomorrow. I'm still in full moving around furniture and purging the apartment mode.

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  14. Hi Jeanna, if I came across good homemade pies like that I'd have a thing about them to. And as far as the caramel, apple and walnut pis is concerned, the only thing it appears to be missing is room on the plate!... I like my pie crusts, short but nicely cooked. Not over or under done. Just right.

    xx

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    1. Ha, and yet I've seen better slices of that pie, Deb, I must be spoiled. I agree on the short crust which is what the fresh fruit strawberry pie had, and that's still the winner this spring. I'd take over cooked as long as it's not burned cuz doughy undercooked crusts makes me sad );

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    2. I've just got in from work and it's very hot and I need energy. A nice slice of pie wold go down nicely... What am I saying? Even a not so nice slice of pie would go down nicely... Mine's a slice of fresh strawberry pie with a ball (or two of vanilla ice cream).

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    3. That would work very well and can I interest you in a frozen pie such a my favorite, the Northwoods Root Beer Float or Orange Dreamsicle Pie?

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  15. OH my lord I am starving now.... we're waiting on a (pizza) pie delivery as we speak. I wish a slice of caramel apple pie would be included.

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    1. Ha, I'll have to ask you about that pizza when I bounce back to your blog. There is only one place that has cheesecake delivered with their pizza, but generally considered too expensive. I can't imagine if Hubbard Ave. delivered pie, they'd have to deliver whole pies to make it worth their while.

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  16. Mmmm these all sound good. I am a sucker for desserts. I don't think I've had pumpkin pie since I was a kid but I recall loving it. Come to think of it I haven't had rhubarb since I was a kid either. I should grow some.

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    1. You should, then neighborhood kids could steal it like we used to or don't kids do that anymore?

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