Gosh! so many replies! Sorry it's taken me so long to get back on here and thank you all properlyfor the warm welcomes, and the recipes and advice.
I think I'll answer all the questions in this one post (hope that's ok guys!)
to Anne - thanks for the welcome and the great suggestion for donations of cans. I'll tell all my rellies all I want for Xmas is Crisco!!
to boufa06 - thanks for the welcome and the advice. Muchly appreciated!
to Jkath - I was born in PA, and moved to AZ when I was 12. I lived there until coming out to Australia in '85.
to JoAnn L - thanks for the welcome!
to pdilippa - Copha is much too hard to be able to use it - although I haven't tried leaving it out of the fridge to see what it's consistency is when warm... maybe I'll do that.... I came out in 1985, and actually lived in WA for 5 years before heading east. Spent 5 years in Sydney, and then came to Adelaide. Thanks for the eBay site info. I'll have a look at that!
to Swann - that would have been a wonderful year for you and your husband. I think Adelaide is charming too - of the cities I've lived in, I prefer it and Perth, but that's only MHO. Everyone has their own favourites!
to graysmoke - thanks! I'll have a look for lard on my next trip to the grocery store. didn't think of that!
to justplainbill - thanks for the advice. Sounds like lard or butter will be in my next experiments.
to Andy M - thanks for the welcome!
to shpj4 - thanks for the welcome!
to Louette - thanks for the recipes! Where are you originally from? I've not been to NZ yet, although it's on my to-do list.
I think I might have a pie-making weekend, and try all the different recipes out to see what works best! Thank you all so much for your help! I really do appreciate it.