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Winter Pies, Savory and Sweet

by Monica Peabody, Staff Collective

“Easy as pie” is a saying I adhere to. Some people take making a pie crust very seriously and end up many hours later with the flakiest of pie crusts, like pastry. That’s great and I would not discourage anyone from going the extra mile. But if you want a delicious, no nonsense pie crust that is easy to work with and takes minutes, you can follow this recipe and ignore the gasps of those who would never use anything but the proper pastry cutter to work in the butter.


Quick and Easy Pie Crust

For each crust use 1 cup flour, 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter and 1/8th cup cold water. If you are using unsalted butter, add a quarter tsp of salt. If you are making a double crust pie, double this recipe, and so on for each crust.

Using a pastry cutter, a food processor, or I use my stand-up mixer, cut cold butter into flour until you get an oatmeal consistency. Add cold water and mix just until dough sticks together. Flour a board. I like to use whole wheat flour which will impart a nuttiness to your crust. Divide dough into even balls depending on how many crusts you are making. Roll out crusts one at a time and put into pie pan or save for top crusts. Use excess dough to shape leaves, etc. for the tops of your pies or use cookie cutters, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake to make yummy cookies. Don’t forget to make small slits in your top crusts to allow for steam.

The filling of both savory pies below can be made vegan, so I would recommend buying a ready to bake vegan pie crust if you are going that route.

I was served this dish by a friend in Vermont. It’s delicious. Thank you, Riley!

Collard and Feta Pie

2 bunches collard greens
1 large onion
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
2 eggs
8 oz feta or vegan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Saute two bunches of collard greens with chopped onion, several cloves of garlic in butter or olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste, making allowances for the salty cheese to be added. Remove from heat, stir in two beaten eggs and 8 ounces feta or a vegan cheese. Mix well and add to prepared pie crust. Add a top crust, make slits and bake until crust is a golden brown. You can brush the top with melted butter or olive oil if you are going for first prize!

I got this amazing dish from Bon Appetit and immediately simplified it and added it to my regular rotation. Here’s the original recipe if you want to get fancier: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/caramelized-onion-and-squash-tart

Delicata Tart

4 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp butter or olive oil
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
Pinch of cayenne pepper
4 oz. grated sharp cheddar, Gruyère or vegan cheese
3-4 delicata squash, halved, seeded and sliced (don’t peel)
Bunch fresh sage, chopped
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Chop 4 yellow onions and saute on medium heat in 2 tbls olive oil or butter until they are golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Add 3 cloves chopped garlic and continue cooking, stirring often so they don’t scorch, until onions are a rich brown color. Stir in grated cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.

Put a prepared pie crust into a pie dish and brush with Dijon mustard. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Add onion/cheese mixture.

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of butter or heat olive oil, add chopped sage and lightly saute. Mix into sliced delicata. Add salt and pepper to taste and spread over onions in the pie crust.

Bake on the lower oven rack until squash is well browned and cooked through.

As a child I didn’t like pumpkin pie. The reason is, I had only tasted pie made from canned pumpkin puree. The first time I baked a pumpkin and made a pie for someone else, I realized I do like pumpkin pie. The flavor is so different.

Pumpkin Pie

1 pie pumpkin
3 eggs
¾ cup brown sugar or maple syrup
½ to 1 c heavy cream or nondairy milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350. Cut pie pumpkin in half and scrape out seeds and pulp. Feel free to roast seeds to add to soups and salads for some yummy crunch. Put pumpkin flesh side down onto a baking sheet and bake until flesh is soft. Cool, then scrape flesh out of pumpkin shell and mash. If you like a lumpier pie you can stop now, if you want a smoother texture, puree pumpkin flesh. This step can be done in advance with several pumpkins and cooked pumpkin can be refrigerated or frozen until ready to use for soups, casseroles or pies.

Preheat oven to 425. Beat eggs in a large bowl then add the rest of the ingredients to eggs. Mix well. Use enough heavy cream to achieve a texture like a thick stew. Add to prepared pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 30 to 45 minutes until an inserted knife comes out clean.

My mother is from Louisiana so pecan pie has been a staple as long as I can remember. My family still sends me Louisiana pecans every winter from Bergeron, https://bergeronspecans.com, because they make the best pies.

Pecan Pie

2 cups pecans
3 eggs
1 cup dark corn syrup (I sub ¾ cup maple syrup and 2 tbsp. molasses, don’t tell my family)
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp. melted butter or oil
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 425. Beat eggs in large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the pecans and beat well. Fold in pecans and pour into prepared pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 and bake 30 – 45 minutes more or until pecans are a rich brown color and an inserted knife comes out clean.

 

Announcement! CLOSURE Eastside Co-op closing 6 PM Fri., Feb. 12th, 2021


Eastside Co-op will close early tonight at 6 PM Fri., Feb. 12th, due to snow. Westside will remain open for business, except for the Garden Center, which remains closed at least thru Saturday, Feb. 13th. Thank you Joe at Vics Pizzeria for clearing the Westside parking lot! Enjoy the snow!

Order for Pickup

What Happens Next

1. We will send you an email confirmation of receipt of your order within 12 hours. These confirmations are sent manually, so you will not receive it immediately after submitting your order.

2. After you’ve placed your order, a staff member will shop for and pack up your groceries. Staff will contact you by telephone to let you know the total cost, and to take your card payment. Sorry, we cannot accept cash or checks for order/pickup purchases.

3. After you’ve paid for your order, the staff member will let you know when and where to pickup your order.

4. You’ll come to the back door of the Co-op at the specified time and pickup your order. Please note: If you have a hatchback, station wagon, or SUV, we will cart your order to your car, but ask that you load it yourself so that our workers aren’t exposed to the inside of your car, and you aren’t exposed to our workers. Thanks for your understanding so that we can keep each other safe!

Please be patient and wait for us to call you. The stores are understaffed and very busy, and we promise we’ll contact you about your order as soon as we can. Thanks for your understanding!

*** These times are approximate. Due to unprecedented demand and our own capacity, it may take as long as 48 hours before you hear back from us. We so appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to meet the needs of everyone. ****

 

Winter 2020 Inventory Hours

Curbside pickup availability information is available here:
https://olympiafood.coop/contact-us/order-for-pickup/

December 26th – Friday – Both Stores

Both Stores close at 5pm

December 29th – Tuesday – Westside

Westside store closes at 6pm

January 5th – Tuesday – Eastside

Eastside store closes at 6pm

January 6th – Wednesday – Westside

Westside store closes at 6 pm

 

Thank you, stay safe and cozy!

A Report to the Olympia Food Co-op Membership from the Financial Coordination Team

July – August 2020

We would like to start by acknowledging just how difficult this time has been. We are outraged by heinous acts of police brutality and the history of societal and systemic racism and oppression against Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color in our own community and worldwide. We grieve for the tremendous uncertainty, stress, and financial and emotional struggles experienced by our houseless neighbors, unemployed workers, low income workers, essential workers, small business owners, non-profits, families and more.

The Olympia Food Co-op has also been on a rollercoaster throughout this crisis. In mid-March, we were lucky to have extra business from a huge rush of shoppers.

Then, the state shut everything down and we stayed open as an essential business and adapted our practices to maximize safety for our members and workers.

Since late March, we have incurred financial struggles. As we limit the number of shoppers in the store due to safety concerns, our sales have decreased. Sales are down an average of 5% at the East side Co-op and 9% at the West side Co-op. These numbers represent negative growth compared to 2019 sales. Our ever-popular salad bar was forced to shut down, contributing to the decline in sales.

At the same time, our labor expenses have increased as we created new jobs such as Sanitizers, Door Monitors, and Order Pickers for our Online Order for Pick-up service. Also, our expense for supplies doubled as we continue to decimate our cleaning and sanitizing products and masks, gloves. We are currently losing an average of $3,000 per day as we maintain operations.

We are examining all the ways we can increase sales and reduce labor costs. Luckily, we procured a Federal Payroll Protection Program forgivable loan which will help us keep our doors open for a while.

We report this to you for two reasons:

  • You are the member/owners of the Olympia Food Co-op and have every right to know the financial realities of the operations in your stores.
  • We want to encourage you to remember all the Co-op has brought to our community over the last 43 years. Our support of local farmers and producers. Our commitment to organic and high-quality foods. Our mission that inspires us to work for social and economic justice. Our ongoing experiment with Collective management and a vibrant Working Member program. Our levity, our stumbles, our bumbles, and humbles.

There are so many movements, people, businesses, and organizations that need our support. Please support them all as you can. And please remember to also support your Olympia Food Co-op by shopping for as many of your purchases and essentialities as possible.

If you are apprehensive about long lines and/or safety, know that we are doing as much as we can to maximize customer limits without compromising safety or social distancing. And if you want us to shop for you, our Online Order for Pick-up service is available at the Eastside Store! You can find this service at https://olympiafood.coop/contact-us/order-for-pickup/

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas, please contact us at customerservice@olympiafood.coop

We look forward to continuing our support of our community.

Thank you.

The Olympia Food Co-op Finance Coordination Team
Tina, Kitty, Corey, Jenn, Max, Jill, Mo, Grace, and Harry