Father's Day Dessert from Rita


With a lot of folks still sheltering in place, I’m thinking the gatherings will be smaller than usual. But regardless of how you celebrate, remember those dads who might be alone. How about toting a piece of this fresh, in season, strawberry pie to him? You’ll see a smile and a happy tummy.

Happy Father’s Day a bit early to all of our dads, including you both!

And if you’re grilling out, I’m also sharing a wonderful dry rub for your favorite meat.

FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE

Ingredients

9” pie shell, baked

5 nice cups strawberries, halved or quartered, divided into 2 and 3 cups (about 2 pounds)

3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste

1/2 cup cold water

1/4 cup corn starch

1/4 cup lemon juice

Whipped cream

Instructions

In a pan over medium heat, mash together 2 cups of berries with sugar.

Whisk together water, corn starch and lemon juice. Add that to berries. Cook and stir until mixtures comes bubbles and boils. Cook a couple minutes more, and keep stirring. Mixture will be good and thick. Remove and pour into bowl. Stir in remaining berries.

Cool a little before pouring into baked pie shell.

Refrigerate a couple hours or more to chill, then serve with dollop of whipped cream.

Sweetened whipped cream

No real recipe, but for every cup of cream, stir in 1- 2 tablespoons sugar and a tiny bit of vanilla if you like. Whip.

Tip: Perfect baked pie crust

Poke bottom and sides with fork. This is called docking and keeps crust flat.

Roll dough 2-3” wider than pan. You won’t have to stretch dough to fit pan, which causes shrinking during baking.

Freezing strawberries

Leave caps on, rinse and air dry.

Hull: cut stem out in circular motion to remove.

Place in single layer on baking sheet, freeze until firm, then place in containers.

BASIC BBQ RUB FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING

Just mix these ingredients together. The bonus? The rub can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several weeks.Excellent for ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more.

Whisk together:

1/2 cup chili powder blend

1/4 cup each: packed brown sugar and salt

2 tablespoons black pepper

1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper powder

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