A place to cook, do homework, computer work and even maybe laundry. Kitchens have evolved over the years as families have become busier, and schedules more ambitious.Long gone are the days of mom staying at home to make Roast Beef and Mashed Potatoes. Today’s Real Estate consumer is looking for a multi-purpose Kitchen / Great Room. Some perks include wainscoting, granite, soapstone, big beautiful porcelain sinks, stainless appliances, brushed Nickel fixtures, and if at all possible, a fireplace – yes, a big beautiful fireplace with overstuffed furniture for comfortable conversation.
People are generally willing to do cosmetic work, painting, even update bedrooms – if they have a beautiful kitchen they can picture themselves in.
In the mean time, try this famous Hudson Valley recipe – Sour Cream Apple Walnut PieSour Cream Apple Pie
2 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
5 Tablespoons granulated sugar
¾ Tablespoon salt
¾ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 Tablespoons sweet butter, chilled
6 Tablespoons shortening, chilled
4 to 6 Tablespoons apple cider or juice, chilled
1. Sift flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a bowl. Cut in butter and shortening with a fork or pastry cutter until mixture resembles rolled oats.
2. Moisten with just enough cider, tossing ingredients lightly with a fork, to permit the dough to be formed into a ball. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
3. Cut off one third of the dough and return it to the refrigerator. Roll out the other two thirds between 2 sheets of wax paper for the bottom crust.
5 to 7 tart apples
2/3 cup dairy sour cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
1. Peel, core and thinly slice apples; drop slices into a mixing bowl.
2. Whisk together sour cream, sugar, egg, salt, vanilla, and flour ina small bowl. Pour mixture over apples and toss well to coat. Spoon apples into pastry-lined pan.
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shelled walnuts, chopped
1. Mix sugars, cinnamon and walnuts together and sprinkle evenly over apple filling.
2. Roll out remaining pastry between sheets of wax paper to form a 10 inch circle. Cut into ½ inch strips and crimp edge of crust decoratively.
3. Set pie on middle rack of the oven and bake for 55 to 65 minutes. If crust browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil. Pie is done when juices are bubbling and apples are tender.
4. Serve warm or cool, topped, if you like with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.