Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Helpers

Mom made the Easter meat pie yesterday and we were right there helping her every step of the way!
Mom calls this pie pizza gain and we did a bit of research on it and this is what we came up with:

In Naples it is known as "pastiera," and is made with ricotta cheese and whole grains of wheat to symbolize rebirth. It is also known as "pizza piena," (stuffed pie), and in Italian-American dialect, "pizza gain." "Pizza Rustica" is still another term and refers to the savory and rustic aspects of the pie. Italian meat pie is called a "pizzachino" which means pie of meat or meat pie in Italian.

Mom diced thin slices of ham and some genoa salami and some prosciutto and a basket of basket cheese! Everyone always wants to know what basket cheese is! This is what it looks like!We both got to sample the basket cheese!This is the meat and basket cheese all diced up and ready to be mixed with 1 cup or so of ricotta, 6 eggs, about 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste!Mom doesn't make her own crust! She says that it's a pain so she buys it and rolls it out thinner then what comes out of the package and then she poured the egg-ricotta mixture with all of the ham and basket cheese add into her prepared 9" X 13" pan. It's in a 350 degree oven and it stays in there for about 1 1/2 hours!This is the pizza gain just out of the oven! ummmmmmmmmmmmm - it smells wonderful!Tomorrow we get to help make the Easter Rice pie and on Sunday we're making lazagna again! Our sissy, Missy and her hubby, Jim, will be here to share Easter dindin with us!
Happy Easter everyone!

Love ya lots,

Maggie and Mitch


Princess Patches said...

OMD! Our mom loooooves rice pie, but she hasn't had it in about 30 years or so! I bet our dad would like the pizza gain! With all that meat and cheese, I think we would like some too! You look fabulous in your Easter bonnets! We hope you have a very happy Easter with Missy & Jim and your mom and dad!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Mack said...

I just know you two are gonna get a big piece of that delicious pie!

Have you dyed any eggs yet???

Niamh said...

Wow! Look at all that delicious cheese. I am sure that you were a big help to your mom making that pie. Glad that you got to taste some of the ingredients. I was drooling when I saw it come out of the oven. Happy Easter and enjoy the feast.

Your friend.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

That pizza gain looks so good. And we adore the way you look in your Easter bonnet and ears - Our Mom just wants to hug you both!!

Today we will help Mom make the Mitchell cake (Our great-grandma used to make this cake for special occasions and her last name was Mitchell so it is named after her) It is really a walnut and raisin type of cake so we doubt that there will be much tasting going on. Maybe we can taste the delicious caramel icing that goes on it!!

Mom had invited some folks for Easter dindin but then Granny decided she wanted to have them all come to her house instead so we'll be hauling everything up there and Lilly will probably be the only one that gets to go since she knows how to act like a little lady.

Happy Easter
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Martha said...

Hi Maggie & Mitch
That sounds delicious!! We have never heard of that type of pie before so it was interesting to hear the story behind it.
We just loved your easter bonnet Maggie!!!!
Lovely easter picture of the two of you.
Have a lovely easter.
Martha & Bailey xx

Dexter said...

Maggie! You have your granny hat on again. At least your Easter outfit is dignified. Poor Mitch.


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Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Snowball said...

Happy Easter, M & M.

You 2 look great in your easter outfit!


Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

Yum! I be drooling! That look deeellicious. You two look great in your easter outfits.
Happy easter!
~lickies, Ludo

Agatha and Archie said...

WE are drooloing over here!! HAppy Easter you guys!! You look really thrilled on your Easter attire!! Love and kisses A+A

TwoSpecialWires said...

How did Mom manage to get that picture of you eating the basket cheese? It woulda been snapped up so fast here, that the camera couldn't've captured the shot!

(You two look ready to rid the Easter outfits and get back to the food! Can't blame you... but you DO look very dashing.)

Happy Easter,
Jake and Fergi (who are about to learn what the day before Easter brings!)

Lucia said...

Ciao Maggie and Mitch!

Mmmmm ... I can smell that cheesey deliciousness from here....!!

I love the photo of the two of you getting bites of the cheese -- utterly adorabile!!!

Tanti baci and Buona Pasqua!

Chase said...

MMM! I wish my Mommy cooked more often! I love your Easter guys look adorable! Enjoy your Easter holiday. :-)

Sniffs and licks,


Raising Addie said...


We wish our mom could cook too!

And NOW Addie has to go on a diet.

Happy Easter!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie and Lucie

tula monstah said...

Hold on... i'll be right ovah! What a yummy Easter at the M & M homestead..are costumes optional:)

Happy Easter you silly wabbits.


Harry said...

HI Maggie and Mitch,

I love when Robert and Dena cook special food. I wish I lived closer I'd invite myself over for a snack...I'd bring the wine of course.

Love Boston,


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

I'm grabbing the keys!

See woo soon!


Girasol said...

That's the holiday spirit my friend!!!! Have great Easter!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch! I love your Easter outfits! Have a great holiday with your relatives - I hope you get lots of bites of all the yummy food - woo hoo!

See ya!

The Army of Four said...

That looks incredible!!!
You two look so cute in that last picture! :)
Happy Easter!
Tail wags,
PS: We thought your dad might like those barn pix! Isn't it beautiful!?

Joe Stains said...

omdog thank you for that recipe it looks AMAZING! We have never seen basket cheese before, but it looks like some of the mexican cheeses we can get down here in Arizona!

Mic said...

You guys look so festive in your ears and hat!!! And you sure do get fed well over there! I'm going to have to have a talk with MY Spokeswoman!

Moco said...

We would even wear that hat and ears if we got that yummy cheese.

Homer said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch,

The pizza looks delicious! Happy Easter.


Finni said...

Hello Easter Helpers - you really look the part with that lovely easter bonnet and the bunny ears! That pizza gain dish looks really yummy! Our mum made an easter cake today and we get to do an easter hunt tomorrow. Woohoo.
Happy Easter!
Finni & Nelly xx

Obie Trevino said...

You all look so adorable! I want some bunny ears, too! Those are so hip! I've gotta see if Mom will get me some!



karensbrae said...

That pie sure sounds good!!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh we are so jealous. That looks so good.
We love your picture..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Mason Dixie said...

Such good helpers you two are. My review of your blog is up!!! Hope you enjoy it. =)

The Black and Tans. said...

There is only one thing we can think of to say after reading all about the glorious food.


Molly and Taffy

Teddy Bear said...

That basket cheese looks delicious. You both look SUPER in your hats. Happy Easter!

Teddy Bear

Stanley said...

Maggsie & Mitch!

Let me put in my order now for the meat pie when I visit! It looks almost too pretty to eat... almost.

Neither one of you look too happy about your Easter accessories. Why is that? You're both stinkin' cute despite (or maybe because of) your annoyed expressions! Please tell me your mama isn't going to make you keep those things on your heads all weekend? If so, I think we may need to send in reinforcements. Just say the word.

Goober love & happy Easter,

Cowspotdog said...

that was one great looking pie - but that photo of you guys in your Easter Bonnets had me rolling on the floor....they are soooooo cool and those flowers are so spring like.

Clive said...

That looks yummy! and you both like great in your Easter outfits!

Happy Easter to all
lots of woofs

The Bumpass Hounds said...

That's a pretty good looking pizza. We figured Jubal would take about a dozen gulps to finnish it but Max or Shiloh could do it in a bout four gulps. Nice headgear guys, obviously Evil Empire fans made you do it. Go SOX.

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...

Glad that you got to taste test first! Making sure the cheese is not spoiled,,,heheheh

Love the Bonnets!

Next weekend is Greek Easter, that's when I help my mom in the kitchen!

Happy Easter! Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you both!


Unknown said...

Yummers... that looks like the best easter pie ever. Mags you look like you could be on the old episodes of Hee Haw. Oh.. Mitch you almost had me fooled. I was about to chase you.

Happy easter!

Kirby said...

Oh boy, you guys always have the best eatables! So yummy! I hope you guys have a great Easter with your Mom and Dad and Sister and her hubby!

Your pal,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch!
That pizza gain sure looks delicious!
You two chose the perfect outfits!
Happy Easter
Kisses and hugs

Amber and Nala said...

OMD...that looks and sounds scrumptious! My Mom must make it sometime!

Happy Easter!


Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

Happy Easter - you two look lovely and that pie looks very yummy.
your pal, Morgan

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Tweedles -- that's me said...

OH that sounds so good! My mouth is watering!
I think all we are gonna have is TOFU, and collard greens! ick

Sally said...

Hey guys - WOW! I am drooling on the keyboard - I am printing the recipe out for my D - I am hoping she gets the message!

Have a great Easter - if that is your dinner - you definitely will!

Lots of licks

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

We're drooling trough all our home!!!!
What a delicious post guys!!!
we love your photos eating 2 are incredible!!!!
and your mom is a great cook!!!!
Can you invite us to your easter party????
we're very very very good boys!!!!!!!!!PLEASEEEEEEEEEE!!!
Have a great Easter day dear friends!!!
WE love you soooooooooooooo much!!!!
kisses and sweet sweet licks!!!!!!!!!

Josh and Jessie said...

Oh man!!! Does that pie pizza look yummy or WHAT????

Kess And Her Mama said...

You arer such terrific helpers. I am drooling at the pizza...Can I have a slice please?

Noah the Airedale said...

G'day pals,
Can you tell us what basket cheese is? We've never heard of it before. The pie looks great. You always cook such neat things especially on special occasions. Hope you got to try some.
Have a great Easter!!!!

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Rudy said...

Ohh I wish Mom would get ambitious and make us something yummy like that...

Happy Easter!

Rudy and the Bedlingtons

Rudy said...

Oh yeah, now I remember what Mom used to make for Easter -- when ol' Uncle Nathan and my grandpa Joey were alive, she used to make some special Easter bread. It turned out like a coffee cake almost but not quite as sweet with raisins. She baked it in a round bowl and it had a cross in it like a Russian Orthodox cross, brushed with egg white. It took a lot of time to make but it was yummy!
She lost the recipe....


Teddy said...

Wow, your mom is such a good cook!! We wish we could try some of that pizza gain. My mom doesn't cook fancy things like that.

You two look adorable in your Easter clothes. You are both so cooperative in posing.


Unknown said...

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Archie and Melissa said...

hi m & m!

happy easter!

ooooo! that looks so yummy we cannot even find the words to say!

m & e

Penny said...

Aw I love your blog.........................Happy Easter.
Lots of sloppy licks,Penny.=]

Tee said...

Woooo, your momma's a fabulous cook! You're both very lucky to be helping her out ... esp. with the tasting! ;)

Happy Easter to you and your lovely family!

Licks and Wags

Tuffy & the Dog Woods Pack

Sherry said...

Love the Easter outfits!
Sherry, Alanis & Miro

the many Bs said...

you two look very easter festive. we're glad you're helping your mom do her cooking. we bet it smells really good when that pizza gain thingie is cooking. did you get to taste test it?


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Brind'Amour Clumbers said...

Oh my! I just love the outfits!! What can I say....


Allison Walton said...

Oooh! It looks deelishus!

We wuv yur hats!
Gus and Waldo

Isis said...

happy easter guys! your mom makes the best stuff ever! LOVED the bunny ears and the fancy hat!

Hector and Lola said...

Hi M & M! Hope you guys had a pawsome Easter!! The pie looks delicious!! -Hec and Lola

Huskee and Hershey said...

Mitchy boy!! You are the cutest Easter Bunny ever!!! Our mom says she wants to give you a big hug cos you look so huggable...

Mmm.. licks lips... the pizza looks delicious. Hope you have some leftover for us?

Hollie and Janie said...

OMG! Yall are too cute in your bonnet and bunny ears! You are so lucky to get to be helpers in the kitchen! I hope you had a very happy Easter!!

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Oh my...that Easter pie just looks DELISH!! You're so lucky you got to sample the basket cheese!


duo_disaster said...

*wink wink*

M&M, any leftovers?
*drooling all over your blog*

parlance said...

That looked so good! Can i ask you about the crust you use. What's that kind of pastry called over there? (I assume it's not a sweet pastry?)