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Cooking with Susie Q – Week of July 15

When summer arrives in  Maine it comes quickly! How  beautiful it has been. I recently spoke with a very nice gentleman named Earnest. He was looking for a recipe from a Betty Crocker cookbook for a fresh strawberry pie. He told me his wife made this and it was a favorite of his and many friends and family.  

Earnest said it was an elegant pie and enjoyed by all. His wife passed a few years ago and he has been looking for this pie recipe. I have found this one and hope that it may become one of your favorites. 

 Fresh Strawberry Pie

 3 pints (6 cups) fresh strawberries

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup water

Crust for a one crust pie (recipe recommended a ready-made, store bought crust but you can use your favorite recipe) Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake crust according to instructions

Directions: In small bowl, crush enough strawberries to make 1 cup. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch; stir in crushed strawberries and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. If desired, stir in red food color. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Place remaining strawberries, whole or sliced, in cooled baked shell. Pour cooked strawberry mixture evenly over berries. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours, before serving.

Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

I really enjoy this time with you each week and would love to hear from you. Do you have any requests? Is there a recipe you have been looking for or remember from your younger years? Can I help you find it? Do you have any recipes that are special to you that you could share with us? Please contact me at susieqcooking@outlook.com or c/o Pioneer Times, P.O. Box 456, Houlton, Maine 04730.

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