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Happy New Year! And Buttermilk Pie!

1.January 2011

What a year so far, eh? We rang in the new year in grand fashion this year – we watched three movies, tuned in to the ball dropping for five minutes, and gazed past the prison (yes, we live near a prison) to the fireworks in the distance.  It was extremely low key, yes, but definitely the best new year’s eve I can remember.

I mean, just look at the last two years (also known as the two new year’s eves that we’ve been married – 2008-2009 we were stuck in a dingy motel in Romulus, MI, having been bumped from a flight from Detroit to Boston.  My mother-in-law and her sister were there.  We had pizza delivered because there were no restaurants anywhere nearby.  2009-2010 we were in Indiana with my parents (having decided not to risk being stuck in Romulus, MI), where we went to my favorite Chinese restaurant which was woefully overbooked and understaffed with a family friend who had been laid off that day.  Barrel of laughs.  We were in bed by 10:30.

So, deciding to opt out of celebrating in a major way was empowering, freeing, even.  It’s a way of declaring that This, finally, Is The Year of Seeking My Own Happiness, Convention Be Damned.

Last year was a year of many things.  It was the Year of the Second Puppy, the Year of Orchids, the Year of Rediscovering Film, the Year of Serious Baking, the Year of the Conference, the Year of the New Hampshire Trip, and the Year of Establishing Financial Responsibility.

I’m not making any resolutions this year.  (My 30/30 to-do list is surely resolution enough.)  But there are a couple of new things that will be going on around here.  First, I’ve taken the plunge and created a Darby O’Shea Facebook Page.  Go over there and become a Fan!  Recommend to your friends!

There, now that the Shameless Self-Promotion is over, you might remember that 2010 was the Year of the Cakes around here.  To round up, we had:

Well, I’m going to declare this the year of the Cookie.  Yes, yes.  I know we’re all cookied out after the holidays, but I personally believe that cookies are a treat for every time of year.  So, if you have any delicious or unique cookie recipes you’d like to share (and wouldn’t mind ME sharing), send them along!  And the good news is that, if all goes well, we’ll have a minimum of twelve cookie recipes to draw on come next hardcore cookie season!  Hurrah!

So, tell me – what’s your big resolution/new leaf/project for the year?  All the very best happy wishes for you all in the new year!

Oh yeah, and since I haven’t baked any cookies to share with you yet – and because I wanted to share this holiday recipe with you anyway – here’s our ancestral recipe for buttermilk pie.

If you’ve never had buttermilk pie, get ready for a treat.  This is, by the way, the perfect way to leap off the New Year’s Diet Wagon, if you’re so inclined.  Oh, what a glorious way to fall.

Buttermilk Pie

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 heaping T self-rising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 pie crust
  1. Mix together the melted butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Beat in eggs and buttermilk.
  3. Mix in flour until incorporated.
  4. Pour into pie shell.  Bake for 15 minutes at 325 and then for 40 minutes at 350.  The top should be browned and the center should just barely jiggle.
7 Comments leave one →
  1. 1.January 2011 23:17

    Hey, you. Happy 2011. I love buttermilk anything and I love you. Now I officially haven’t seen you since last year. We need to remedy that, pronto. xo.

    • Darby O'Shea permalink*
      2.January 2011 11:21

      Yes. Must remedy soon. Of course, I’m off to the German land in a week… Let’s talk.

  2. wjh permalink
    2.January 2011 04:12

    wait, your new year’s eve with me sick in your proctor room, watching will&grace, me falling asleep at 11 was not in the list of glorious past new year’s eves! i tried so hard!

    happy new year!! :)

    • Darby O'Shea permalink*
      2.January 2011 11:20

      Oh jeez. I think I’d repressed that one.

  3. 2.January 2011 11:02

    Hurrah for facebook page!

    • Darby O'Shea permalink*
      2.January 2011 11:20

      I listen to advice when given. :) Now you suggest it to everyone you know!


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