Prince and Moby and Me and Tomato JO

Last month, While I was waiting on line with my daughters to see PRINCE at the ORACLE in Oakland, I got an e-mail on my new  I phone – Moby’s having a Vegan Housewarming Party, Can I cater it?  We’ll yeah, after the  PRINCE concert!

I worked with his amazing personal assistant and created a 6 hour drop in cocktail pool party at the  tippy  top of the Hollywood Hills. The house – INCREDIBLE, the view, outrageous.  The crowd, never ending, in a good way, a constant  flow of friendly  and appreciative guests from 3 to 10 pm dropped in for a nosh and a swim (about 200).

The bar featured organic beer and wine  from the geniuses at Silverlake Wine and our  home brewed citrus potion (and Master Tender Greg).

The food was vegan, organic and snackalicious. The potato empanadas  with avocado crema, vegan sliders (with special sauce & sprouts)

and  sesame noodle boxes

were the top three favorites of the  day.

Hollywood is fun.

Apple Pie Filling Recipe

When My son made his first pie, he was 10. He found the experience in his own words ” easy as pie!”  He then gave it to his best friend  for his birthday. He was so proud.

One of my former employees just opened a pie shoppe – Simple Things. Not much in the way of vegan fare, but a cute venue and a catchy concept.
My mom made this thing called corn pie, because my dad loved it.

PA Dutchy Corn Pie

It was never right if you ask me, what a stupid pie.
Every year I have a party  the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and we make pies. This sweet lady of Very Different Cakes, made pies in my kitchen  back in the 80’s and comes to the annual pie party with her kids, but she’s all about cakes.

(It’s not too early to make a reservation for 2011, I’m not kidding. It’s really popular.)

As for my pies,  I’m a lazy baker.  I can’t be bothered much by measuring and weighing ingredients, and if it weren’t for my bakers, I would buy the pie crust (don’t tell anyone).
This recipe is the one we use at Make it and Take it, and goes out to Ruth.  Enjoy!

Apple Pie filling
Filling Ingredients
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 apples:  thick slices of peeled and cored good cooking apples (Granny Smith)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Toss all ingredients together. Pour into prepared crust. Add top crust
or crumbs. Bake. * If using a top crust, brush with  some egg wash ( or a little Earth Balance)  and sprinkle with sugar.
Crumb Topper
½ cup of oats
¼ cup of sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
Method: mix the dry ingredients. Add the oil and the egg mix again. Crumble on pie.
Bake 350* until the inside bubble out, about 45 minutes to an hour.  If the edges are getting too dark, cover them with tinfoil.