Sunday, October 21, 2012

Southern Chocolate Chess Pie

The best thing about this pie is the look of sheer bliss on people's faces when they taste it.
One of my sons said it is like warm brownie batter....not a half bad description. It is delicious! Even is sooooooooo simple.  More than likely you will have all of the ingredients in your kitchen which makes it even better.  We like it best when it is still slightly warm...and it would be excellent with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Southern Chocolate Chess Pie
preheat the oven to 350
1 single 9 inch pie crust...homemade or store bought
1/2 cup of butter
1 square (1oz) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tea vanilla
1/4 tea salt
In a saucepan melt butter and chocolate together stirring well.  Remove pan from the heat. Add sugar and stir well.  Beat the eggs with the salt and vanilla. Add the the butter mixture and stir very well....make sure it is thoroughly combined. Pour filling into crust.  Bake in oven about 40 minutes. You want the pie to be puffed up and browned.  It will be pretty firm.  Cool on rack...the filling will "settle" and the pie will be very fudge-like. Best if served slightly warm or at room temp.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Easy Crock Pot Split Pea Soup

Here is a quick easy soup for your crockpot. Nothing fancy but still perfect for a chilly evening.  Sometimes I will add smoked bacon, a rinsed can of black beans(at the end) for a change of pace. Also I have been known to add a little bit of heavy cream as well.  But you do whatever you don't judge me I won't judge you ok?  :)

Easy Crock Pot Split Pea Soup

2 cups dried split peas
2 quarts chicken broth
2 onions, chopped
1 cup diced red potatoes
1 tbl butter
2 carrots, sliced
4 thick slices Canadian bacon or ham, cut in small pieces
salt fresh ground black pepper
Saute onions in 1 tbl butter until transparent. Add to crockpot. Add all other ingredients to crockpot.(Don't fill the crock pot too full, due to foaming)
Turn crockpot to high until it gets hot,then lower the heat setting to low and cook 8 hours. You may need to add a little water towards the end if it gets too thick.

Stir, adjust the seasonings and serve.
If you prefer a creamier soup ...take out 1/2 c. of the soup and puree in food processor,
then blend back into the soup.