The Home Cook – Houseguests and Hostessing


When I was younger I had energy in abundance and wore myself out preparing for houseguests. Now that I am older I go easy on myself and prepare more gently for my guests. That way I enjoy the visit more. However, being a person that feeds others as a way of loving them, I still do more than I probably should but nothing close to the spread my cousin prepared for our visit.

Last week we were in South Carolina for 3 days with our cousins Marian and Jim Boley, following a conference we attended in Fort Mill, S.C. She cooked so much food, all in advance, she should have been totally depleted by the time we arrived. The menu included Velvet Crab Soup, Squash Bisque, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Meatloaf, Twice Baked Potatoes, Steaks, Broccoli Casserole, Corn Pudding, Rump Roast, Sensation Salad Dressing and green salad, 2 quiches, and Zucchini Bread. I felt like I was at a Gourmet Buffet. And our hostess with the mostess was bright and perky with a sightseeing agenda that was mind boggling.
I did manage to land her Apple Pie recipe for you. Be warned the pie has far too much sugar for a diabetic like me, but I indulged anyway, a large piece with ice cream, much to my blood sugar’s dismay. It was so delicious, as was the entire array of mealtime delights. I hope you have friends or family who treat you like an honored guest and put so much thought and effort into preparing for your visit as the Boley’s did for us. It is very nice to be pampered now and then.

Marian Boley’s Homemade Apple Pie

SERVES 2 or more

  • 2 cups diced baking apples, (Granny Smith green, or other)
  • 1 level cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ stick butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Prepared pie crusts for 8-9” double crust pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toss apples with flour, sugar and spice. Set aside.

In 8” iron skillet, melt butter.

Stir in brown sugar.

Place one pie crust on top of melted butter and brown sugar. Spoon apple mixture onto crust.

Place 2nd crust over apples.

Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until brown, on rack in middle of oven.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with or without ice cream, depending on what your diet can handle.

I also have the corn pudding recipe and will share that at another time. Ya’ll have a down home delicious day and don’t eat too much pie at one time.

Peggy Sholly
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