Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Hampshire/Vermont State Dinner

Red flannel hash
Fried eggs
Homemade applesauce
(eaten frequently in Understood Betsy, one of our favorite books)

Apple cider
Maple syrup pie
(served with whipped cream or maybe Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, made in Vermont)

The red flannel hash was a big hit with our kids! I was very surprised. I mean, it has beets (shudder). I baked russet potatoes at the same time I baked the pie. After they cooled I diced them. I used canned beets and didn't add too many. I added them only after the potatoes were browned. I used three different kinds of apples in the applesauce: Fuji, Pink Lady and Granny Smith. It was very tasty! This time I remembered to serve dinner with our USA map placemats.

Red flannel hash is a testament to New Englanders' reputation for thrift. It is a make-do dinner using up leftovers from a Sunday dinner of corned beef. It is often served with fried eggs. The applesauce, as stated above, came from the book Understood Betsy which is set in Vermont. One of Betsy's first chores upon arriving at the Putney farm was to sweeten the homemade applesauce simmering on the stove. (If you like stories like Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables, you would probably like this charming book.) Apples are so common in the New England area we decided on cider as well. Vermont, of course, is famous for it's maple syrup. When I came across the recipe for maple syrup pie, I couldn't resist!

1 comment:

mshel333 said...

Well, yum! That all looks so good. I had leftovers tonight.