These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

30 Dec

Hubby gave me some very nice gifts this Christmas. Amongst my favorites:

“As Always, Julia”

This book is a fascinating read for any foodie out there – I cannot put it down! Letters between Julia Child and Avis DeVoto (who helped Julia throughout her career) – these letters begin when Julia & team were roughing out their masterpiece-to-be cookbook “Mastering The Art Of French Cooking”. Letters unintended to be read by others – frank, funny, informative and charming.

For music, I received:

The Crosby-Clooney radio sessions just put out on cd called “Bing & Rosie” – 61 tracks of songs, jingles and interaction between the two singing sensations as previously only heard on the radio.

And, the traditional Wheat Pie – we get for my mom-in-law F every holiday. She loves it, and we do too.

We buy it every year at Rocco’s in Greenwich Village:

Recipe from Colavita:

Easter Wheat Pie

Wheat (grano) can be purchased by the ounce in an Italian Specialty Market. For this recipe use 2 1/2 ounces or 1/2 cup. Simmer grano with 1 cup water and the peeled rind of one orange to a barley form, 30-35 minutes. Cook, drain, and use in this recipe.
Origin: Italian

2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp. milk
1 can wheat
1/4 cup milk, scalded
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup citron, diced (optional)
1/4 orange peel, diced
1 1/2 lbs. ricotta
1 cup sugar
6 eggs, separated
1 Tbsp. orange water
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar


Mix flour, salt and sugar. Cut in butter evenly through flour mixture. Stir in egg yolks one at a time. Work until dough is manageable. Add milk. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Form into a ball and chill for 30 minutes. Divide the ball in half, roll on lightly floured board to about 1/8″ thick (large enough to line a deep 10″ pie plate). Butter pie plate and line with pastry, leaving 1/2″ overhang. Roll out other piece of dough and cut into 3/4″ strips for lattice topping.
In the scalded milk, mix wheat, salt and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add citron and orange peel, set aside. To prepare filling, beat ricotta and sugar, then add egg yolks, vanilla and orange water, blend well. Stir in prepared wheat and fold in beaten egg whites. Pour into pie shell. Arrange lattice topping over filling, flute the edge. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until firm in center. Let cool in oven with door open. Refrigerate. To serve dust with confectioner’s sugar.

I’ve never tried to make this, Rocco’s is so good – just be prepared to take a number and wait if you go on Christmas Eve day!




2 Responses to “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things”

  1. Zucchini muffin jr. January 20, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Our Julia child book club continues! S just picked up “as always, Julia” for me! Small woooorld! I will let you know when I read it!

  2. SAllan January 20, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I have a chapter left, and I’m avoiding reading it because I don’t want it to end! How sick is that??

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