Old Diary

62 different kinds of PIE!

In the early 80’s a place called the Norske Nook was written up in a book about the best Road Food places in America.  And with that write up began a boon for the little town of Osseo WI of nearly unprecedented proportions. 2015082512241703 2015082512510606

Through the 80’s and 90’s I visited this place regularly.  Then they started getting charter buses stopping off for meals and it became nearly impossible to get a table.  Their solution was to open three more locations — and to do their best to maintain their quality.  It’s been a while since we’ve been there and it was time for a return visit.

If you like scratch made cooking this is the place in NW Wisconsin!  Their meals have always been more than filling, very tasty and reasonably priced.  On Tuesday, however, all we did was to have a bowl of soup and a couple pieces of pie.  You can see from the photo, my Rum Raisin Sour Cream Meringue was worth a reasonable drive!

And check out the flavors — the placemat photo is clickable!

2015082511484501The real reason we took a drive on Tuesday related to a news article about a man, who in honor of his wife who recently passed after succumbing to cancer, planted 4 MILES of sunflowers along WI-85 between Eau Claire and Carlyville.  Kathryn had heard about the sunflowers on their local TV so we went off in search of them.  It was sunny in St Croix Falls when we left and the closer to the sunflowers the more overcast it became.  By the time we arrived on site it was completely overcast and the sunflowers were drooping, not standing tall.  Sigh.  Oh well, we had good intentions.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a piece of pie on me and I’ll talk with you tomorrow. 🙂



Food, Old Diary

1920’s Egg Custard Pie

I love Custard Pie, meaning, of course, EGG CUSTARD.  When I found this I had to save and reprint it.  Whatever you do — DO NOT put this in the refrigerator for storage.  The cold will precipitate out WATER from the custard which will ruin the pie crust.  — that’s not a food safety warning — it’s a taste and quality warning!

Pie Ingredients:

PEgg Custard Pierepared Pie Crust or use the recipe below and make your own coconut crust
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
pinch salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg


Preheat Oven to 475 degrees F
Beat Egg lightly, add sugar and salt. Add milk slowly beating well. Pour into prepared pie shell, sprinkle with nutmeg and bake at 475 F for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 425 F and bake until custard is firm and lightly browned.

Optional: Coconut Butter Crust ~

2 Tbsp butter softened
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
Spread the butter evenly on the bottom and the sides of the pie pan, sprinkle coconut evenly on the top of butter and then smash coconut down into butter.
Fill with pie filling and bake as directed.

custard pie