I have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years. Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some were inherited, some were purchased at antique malls, gift shops or thrift stores – all are precious to me. Some items are kept up year-around while others are brought out seasonally and on holidays. Unfortunately, many priceless-to-me objects go undisplayed and unseen for years, so each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post a COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.
Once a year, if I’m lucky, I find Concord grapes at a farm market and make Streusel Concord Grape Pie. It’s probably my favorite pie and I get out my vintage pie-baking utensils to make it.
There’s a little bit of work involved, including putting the cooked grape pulp through a food mill ….
The dough is rolled out with a one-piece rolling pin my mother gave me over 40 years ago.
I use a pie pan that my toddler children gave me for Christmas in 1956 after they carefully saved up enough Wilson evaporated milk labels to get it.
Actually, I don’t use the pastry blender at all but have it among my collection of depression-green handled utensils. I once heard Alton Brown, TV food expert, say that mixing with the hands provided exactly the right amount of warmth for making good pastry and that’s the way my grandmothers, mother and I had been doing it all along.
I used my vintage kitchen items to make a Streusel Concord Grape Pie on this past Sunday and it’s still my favorite.
If you’re fortunate enough to find some Concord grapes and don’t mind spending a little time peeling them, here is my recipe. https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2007/09/24/streusel-concord-grape-pie/