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Harold and Maude and Ginger Pie Recipes

Episode 3: Dinner and a movie recommendation:

Ruby and Keythe Farley talk about Harold and Maude the movie make Pies. To listen click here

Below are Pie recipes.

Harold and Maude is a 1971 American coming-of-agedark comedydrama film directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama. The plot revolves around the exploits of a young man in his early 20s named Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) who is intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon), a Nazi concentration camp survivor who teaches Harold about the importance of living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all.

Harold Chasen is a young 20 year old man obsessed with death. He stages elaborate shocking fake suicides, attends funerals-(usually for people that he doesn't know), and drives a hearse, all to the chagrin of his cold, narcissistic, wealthy socialite mother.[6] His mother sets up appointments with a psychoanalyst for him, but the analyst fails to get Harold to talk about his real emotions. She also sets him up with dates he does not want and buys him an expensive car that he hates and doesn't use.

One day, while at a random stranger's funeral service, Harold meets Maude, a seventy-nine-year-old woman who shares Harold's hobby of attending funerals. He is entranced by her quirky outlook on life, which is bright and excessively carefree in contrast with his morbidity. Maude lives in a decommissioned railroad car. She thinks nothing of breaking the law, including stealing cars, uprooting a tree from a public space to re-plant it, speeding, and parking on a city sidewalk. She and Harold form a bond and Maude shows Harold the pleasures of art and music (including how to play banjo), and teaches him how to make "the most of his time on earth."[6] Meanwhile, Harold's mother is determined, against Harold's wishes, to find him a wife. One by one, Harold frightens and horrifies each of his appointed dates, by appearing to commit gruesome acts such as self-immolation, self-mutilation and seppuku. His mother tries enlisting him in the military by sending him to his uncle, who served under General MacArthur in the Second World War and lost an arm, but Harold deters his recruiting-officer uncle by staging a scene in which Maude poses as a pacifist protester and Harold seemingly murders her out of militarist fanaticism.

When Harold and Maude talk at her home he tells her, without prompting, the motive for his fake suicides: when he was at boarding school, he accidentally caused an explosion in his chemistry lab, leading police to assume that he had been killed. Harold returned home just in time to witness his mother react to the news of his death by faking a ludicrously dramatized fainting. As he reaches this part of the story, Harold bursts into tears and says, "I decided then I enjoyed being dead."

As they become closer, their friendship blossoms into a romance. Holding her hand, Harold discovers a number tattooed on her forearm, meaning that Maude is a survivor of the German Nazi death camps. Harold announces that he will marry Maude, resulting in disgusted outbursts from his family, analyst, and priest. Unbeknownst to Harold, Maude is secretly planning to commit suicide on her eightieth birthday. Maude's birthday arrives, and Harold throws a surprise party for her. As the couple dance, Maude tells Harold that she "couldn't imagine a lovelier farewell." Confused, he questions Maude as to her meaning and she reveals that she has taken an overdose of sleeping pills and will be dead by midnight. She restates her firm belief that eighty is the proper age to die.

Harold rushes Maude to the hospital, where she refuses treatment and dies. In the final sequence, Harold's car is seen going off a seaside cliff, but after the crash, the final shot reveals Harold standing calmly atop the cliff, holding his banjo. After gazing down at the wreckage, he dances away, picking out on his banjo Cat Stevens's song "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out", which Maude played and sang for him.

Dad Keythe and Daughter Ruby Make Pies and have a blast doing it!


Ginger Pie 1 unbaked pie crust ¼-1/3 cup minced young ginger 2.5 oz aged rum* 1.5 cups sugar 8 Tbl unsalted butter, room temperature ¼ tsp salt 3 eggs 2.5 Tbl all purpose flour ¼ cup heavy cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp lemon zest At least one hour before beginning, combine the ginger and rum in a small bowl or jar and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at the time and mix after each addition. Add remaining ingredients, including the rum and ginger, and combine thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust and bake at 350F about 50 minutes, until the center has mostly set, but is still just a little wobbly – it will firm on standing. It should have a slightly darkened, crusty top. If necessary, cover the pan with a tented piece of aluminum foil or an overturned stainless steel bowl to prevent overbrowning while the pie bakes. Warm, the pie cries for heavy dollops of whipped cream barely able to hold itself together. Cold, it’s best to sneak mall slivers while the rest of the house sleeps.

* Appleton Estate V/X or Clement VSOP are both grand rums for the pie. You want something with some age to it. In a pinch, you could use a white rum, but avoid spiced and dark ones: After all, this is a ginger pie, not a rum pie.

  • Ginger Cream Pie

  • 1/4 cup caramel dessert topping

  • 1 prepared vanilla cookie crust, (6 ounces)

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 2 packages (4-serving size each) vanilla instant pudding mix

  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Ginger

  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Cinnamon

  • 1 tub (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

  • Spread caramel dessert topping evenly in bottom of crust. Set aside.

  • Pour half-and-half into large bowl. Add pudding mixes, ginger and cinnamon; beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. (Mixture will be thick.) Let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir in 1 1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Spoon into crust.

  • Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight until set. Spread remaining whipped topping over filling just before serving. Sprinkle almonds around edge of pie. Store leftover pie in the refrigerator.

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