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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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2 AT HOME NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 4, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Love of reading inspires pie recipe GLOCESTER – "I used to get in trouble for staying up too late and reading my books under the covers," said Kate McPherson. She grew up in North Smithfield with one older brother and two younger sisters. She loved to read fantasy based books, coming-of-age kinds of stories and her favorite author then was Brian Jacques, who wrote a series of novels telling the stories of the many animals that live in and around Redwall Abbey. His books were known in part for their descriptions of the foods the animals ate and about alternate worlds with sentient animals – mice and badgers that did battle against snakes and rats, to name a few. In one of the stories they referred to an incredible feast where the moles made "Deeper 'N Ever Pie," Kate said. "So my dad (Greg) helped me to develop a recipe relat- ing to the story." Of course, this recipe has changed a lot since she was an 8 year old. It began as a root vegetable pie with a flaky crust. The first one had mint in it, she recalled. "It has definitely evolved," Kate shared. No more mint! There were some seasonings and the basic vegetables were pureed. Needless to say, the early pie was not a masterpiece. Her interest in critters and the environment really blossomed after attending the University of Rhode Island and studying wildlife biology and management. It was there that she met her husband, Keith, whom she has been with for 18 years, and married to for the last six. The Recipe Box RHONDA HANSON KATE MCPHERSON, of Harmony, shares a sweet story for a savory pie recipe. Deeper 'N Ever Pie For the crust: 3 tablespoons ice water, plus extra as needed 1.5 tablespoons sour cream 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry or all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces and frozen for 10 to 15 min- utes For the Filling: 3/4 lbs carrots 3/4 lbs turnip 1/2 lb celery root 1/2 lb leeks 1/2 lb parsnip 1/2 lb sunchokes (aka Jerusalem artichoke) Or 3.5 to 4 lbs total of a mix of root vegetables of your choice. 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper Kate works with Save The Bay as a river keeper. Her work basically involves anything that has to do with the watershed and advo- cacy work for waters that drain into the bay, coastal towns such as Taunton and Worcester, Mass., and Northern Rhode Island. "But it's not coastal towns like the beaches. Think about towns like Cranston, Scituate and the Pawtuxet River, small rivers that drain into the bay." She does permitting, in particular, involving fresh water wetlands. "I'm a voice for the voiceless," Kate said. Kate also belongs to a cookbook club because a good friend, Jess, runs one in Barrington. "I combine my love of cooking and reading. "Did you know that modern cookbooks often have stories to go along with the reci- pes?" Kate asked. It's a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be, she said. So once a month they have a potluck relating to the 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon rosemary 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 cup vegetable stock For the Topping: 1.5 lbs. potatoes Milk salt and pepper to taste Instructions for crust Cut the butter into 1/4 inch pieces and put in freezer while you assemble your ingredients. Mix the ice water and sour cream together in a small bowl until combined. Process the flour, herbs, and salt together in a food processor until combined. Scatter the butter pieces over the top of the dry ingredients and pulse the mixture until the but- ter is the size of large peas (about 10 pulses). Pour half the sour cream mixture over the flour mixture and pulse until incorporated, about three pulses. Repeat with the remaining sour cream mixture. Pinch the dough with your fingers; if the dough feels dry and doesn't hold together, sprinkle 1/2 to 1 tablespoons more ice water over the mixture and pulse just until the dough forms large clumps and no dry flour remains (3-5 pulses). Turn dough onto a moistened towel and flatten into a disk. Cover with a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Scrub your root vegetables well. Peel celery root (reserve peel for stock). You may leave peels on remaining vegetables if thoroughly cleaned. Dice filling vegetables to 1/2 inch pieces and place in a large bowl with the seasoning. Mix to coat. (This step may be done up to 24 hours in advance and kept covered in the refrigera- tor) Continues on next page Continues on next page ACROSS 1. Scottish lawyer (abbr.) 4. __-bo: exercise system 7. When you hope to get there 8. Jewish spiritual leader 10. Long, pointed tooth 12. Hillsides 13. Scandinavian god 14. Keyboard key 16. Indian title of respect 17. The end 19. Shaft horsepower (abbr.) 20. Domesticated animals 21. The gridiron 25. Disfigure 26. Central process- ing unit 27. Get in _ __: fight 29. Jacob __, US journalist 30. One point north of due west 31. He said, __ said 32. Where people live 39. Sheep noises 41. The ocean 42. Packers' QB Rodgers 43. One who buys and sells at the same time 44. Place to get cash 45. Dog's name 46. Aviation enthu- siast 48. Plant of the lily family 49. Larval crusta- ceans 50. Brooklyn hoop- ster 51. Military force ready to move quickly (abbr.) 52. Make an effort DOWN 1. Set back 2. Flat 3. Place to gamble 4. Dark liquid 5. Mortified 6. Famed movie critic 8. Corpuscle count (abbr.) 9. Egyptian goddess 11. Type of garment 14. Extremely high frequency 15. More peppery 18. The big game (abbr.) 19. Single Lens Reflex 20. In addition 22. In the company of 23. Order's partner 24. Upon 27. Dazzles 28. Baseball stat 29. The 17th letter of the Greek alphabet 31. Helps little firms 32. Arrested 33. Haw's partner 34. Expresses sur- prise 35. Stumblebums 36. Align relative to points on a compass 37. LA ballplayer 38. Showing disap- proval toward 39. "Diamonds & Rust" singer 40. Protects the wearer's body 44. Yes vote 47. British Air Aces Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 6.

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