Salute to Service 2014

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PRHthe menu Courtesy of Maria Merlino

Courtesy of Maria Merlino

Aunt Mary’s Cast Iron Frying Pan Pie

Giant Bacon Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

The interior surface of my late Aunt Mary’s cast iron frying pan has an ebony gloss that only the continuous scraping of her stainless steel spatula across the bottom of it could have produced. Here is a popover style pancake recipe that can be made with ordinary pantry items and a filling of your choice. It’s paired with canned pie filling in this recipe but feel free to top with your favorite syrup, fruit salad or preserves. Ingredients ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜ ➜

large eggs 4 1 cup milk 1 cup all-purpose flour teaspoon salt 1/3 cup butter, melted 1 can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. When oven comes up to temperature, place a well-greased 12- inch cast-iron skillet in it for 5 minutes. Pan must be very hot. In the meantime, make the batter. In a large bowl combine lightly beaten eggs. Add melted butter, milk, flour and salt. Stir with a whisk until blended. Using an oven mitt or heavy potholder, remove frying pan from oven and set on top of range. Quickly pour batter into hot pan. Return to oven and bake another 20 to 25 minutes. As batter cooks, it will inflate. Remove from oven when done. The pancake will deflate on itself - creating a crater. Fill with cherry pie filling or other pie filling like peach, apple, blueberry or lemon. Cut into wedges and serve.

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-5 slices bacon, chopped 4 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda teaspoon salt 1 sticks unsalted butter, softened cup sugar 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 ½cups chocolate chips





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Fry bacon in a 12-inch cast iron skillet until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside to cool. Drain fat from skillet and wipe the inside of pan with paper towels leaving a thin coating. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Beat about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes longer. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until well-combined. Press the dough into the skillet as evenly as you can. Evenly distribute the chocolate chips and bacon bits on top. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and cookie is cooked through. Remove from oven and cool at least 20 minutes. Cut into wedges.

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