Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves,
And ye that on the sands with printless foot
Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him
When he comes back; you demi-puppets that
By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make,
Whereof the ewe not bites; and you whose pastime
Is to make midnight mushrooms, . . . .
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British poet. The Tempest (V, i). The beginning of the speech in which Prospero renounces his magic powers. The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press. Source.
I baked this pie before the recent demise of my oven. RIP.
This month, Mary the Food Librarian picked the theme of “Literary Pies” for “You Want Pies with That?” Mary said we’d get bonus points if we’d been to the library in the past year, and I’m happy to say that I go several times a month. I LOVE the library. When I was a kid, my father was concerned that I was turning into a bookworm, and restricted me to one visit per week. I would check out 12 books (the limit back then), and read them all in 4 or 5 days. I would then go through withdrawals until my next visit. His restriction actually helped my reading because I quickly discovered the loads of books my folks had all over the house, and I found myself turning the pages of the The Good Earth and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee at a very young age. I taught myself to read Spanish by age 7 (I already spoke it) by reading an Argentine cookbook and kid magazines. Needless to say, his well-intentioned experiment was an abject failure. You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the library out of the girl.
For this pie, I adapted Dorie Greenspan’s Good for Anything Pie Crust recipe, and mixed together a wonderful combo of leeks, mushrooms, thyme, and Boursin cheese. Oh, and a bit of Dijon mustard. The result is a savory tart with a lot of substance that has become very popular with my family and guests. Recipe after the jump . . . .
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