I suppose you're wondering what this Basset Hound could possibly have to do with Gollum's Spring Fling for Foodie Friday. Well, it's simple. She's part of the reason I made this strawberry pie. Hannah is my granddog. She belongs to my oldest son and is an answer to my prayer that one day he have a child who acts just like him. I got my wish-- just in dog form. The entire family is leaving town for the weekend to critique (I mean attend) a wedding. Between us and three kids that means five dogs need to be babysat and not a one of them has ever been boarded. They've been in some nice hotels, but NEVER boarded. So, I talked one of my single friends into spending the weekend at my house! I've left goodies to make her stay more enjoyable.
The strawberries in the grocery store have been relatively inexpensive and very good lately, so they seemed like a good way to start my bribe. To make this pie combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/4 cup cornstarch and pinch of salt. Cook on medium heat until the mixture is almost clear and thickened. Add a 3 ounce package of stawberry Jello and a couple of drops of red food coloring. Mix with about a quart of sliced fresh strawberries. Pour into a prebaked and cooled pie shell. "Store-bought" pie shells are something that I can't improve on so I just flute the edges and accept the compliments graciously. Top with whipped cream or canned whipped topping.
I hope my friend won't miss this one little piece. She can have all the rest---except for what she has to share with Hannah!
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