When I was a kid, my grandfather used to speak like an alien to me.
He used phrases that might as well have been Greek. (See what I did there? ‘Might as well been Greek’ was one of his favorites).
Here are some examples:
“Well, don’t you look like the bee’s knee’s.”
“Bees have knees?”
“If you believe that one, you better not take any wooden nickels. Now come here and gimme some sugar!
“Grandpa. I need some help.”
“You’re a good egg. I’ll make it right as rain.”
“Grandpa. Grandma’s looking for you.”
“She acts like the Queen of Sheba. Tell her I jumped ship with a bucket of worms.”
“What did you say?”
“Grandpa. Grandma and I are going shopping.
“Jesus K Riste. She already owns everything and the kitchen sink!”
“Grandpa. That man’s waving at us.”
“Don’t know him from Skippy.”
Was his name Skippy? And if so, how could he not know him and yet know his name???? Ohhhhh the questions.
And finally, “Grandpa. I’m going downstairs to play the organ. Wanna sing along?”
“You’re the Cat’s Meow, Cheryl. I’d love to. Sweet as peaches. Your Grandmother says my claptrap is horsefeathers. But your asking the choir!”
I do love cat’s. Any kind of trap sounds bad though. I didn’t know he sang in the church choir, but I get the ‘Peaches’ reference…
“Let’s ask Grandma to bake us a pie!”
“Good idea. She’s can bake-up a storm.”
“That sounds kinda awesome. The whole controlling the weather thing.”
“What are you talking about, Cheryl?”
Grandma’s Peach Pie
Prepared pastry- enough for two pie shells
8 peaches- poached (see directions)
* 2 quarts water
* 1 cup sugar
1/2 cup peach liquid
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons salted butter
pinch of salt
Directions for Poaching Peaches
Bring the 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add the one cup of sugar. Reduce heat and dissolve the sugar. Do not let this mixture come back to a boil.
Slice each peach in half and remove the pits. Scoop out any fiber from the center.
Place the halved peaches, skin side down, in the hot pot of sugar water. Let them cook for 10 minutes then remove them to a shallow pan and pour the syrup over them. Let this sit until room temperature then remove the skins.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the syrup.
Slice the soft peaches and put aside.
Directions for the Pie Assembly
Reheat the 1/2 cup of reserved liquid to simmer.
Add the additional 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and butter blending it all.
Whisk in the corn starch to this mixture until smooth.
Remove from heat.
Line your pie tins.
Arrange the peach slices in the bottom.
Pour the liquid syrup over the top.
Bake at 425 for 40 minutes.