I have been obsessively watching the latest Food Network Star competition along with the American Baking Competition. My conclusions are that I am very happy to be a home cook/food blogger without any cameras or time clocks in my face. Along those same lines, I have realized I have poor knife skills and few baking recipes fully memorized. I would fail the challenges calling for show stopper desserts or a full course dinner for 100. It’s a good thing that I have no aspirations in that direction. Continue reading
I know that I gave you a Butterscotch Pie for the day before Pi day, but I cannot resist throwing another one at you. Can I tempt you with browned butter? Who can resist? Certainly none of my family did. Again, like the last pie, the flavors get better with time. 12-24 hours is the optimal waiting time to get the best taste. I will understand, though, if you cannot bring yourself to wait. Continue reading
Do you have a special food memory from your childhood? Was there something that your mother or grandmother or some other special person in your life made that you loved but then, for whatever reason, stopped making? And years later, did you eat it again and think, “this is not the same recipe that ____ used, I wonder what happened to that recipe.”? Continue reading
Welcome to day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Pies and Pastries”. Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.
For Pies and pastries, I went out on a limb and created my own pie. I have seen pictures of cinnamon roll crusts all over Pinterest and decided to jump on board. Most of the pies created with that kind of crust were either apple or pumpkin. I have enough of those here on the blog, so I put on my thinking cap. Continue reading
This pie is the reason my pumpkinpalooza fell flat on its face. My “keep it simple, don’t change anything” husband rebelled at the thought of frozen pumpkin pie. I should have called it something else like “frozen autumn pie” or maybe “it’s too hot to cook and yes it’s pumpkin in July pie.” But I was foolish. I called it pumpkin and as a result, everything hit the fan. Continue reading
It was going to be so great.
But Life and my Husband got in the way. Continue reading
A long time ago, like at least 15 years, I saw a photo of a pie baked in a sheet cake pan. Being somewhat of a pie snob, I scoffed at such a dish, thinking it was a travesty to the circular, traditional pies that offered a good piece of crust to everyone. Then, as time went on, I came to realize that my husband actually didn’t like the crust. Even on his favorite pies, he would leave the edges hiding under his napkin. Continue reading
My mom, like many creative cooks and bakers will try anything once. What our family learned, though, was that even if something sounds good on paper, it may not be in reality. Take, for instance, her attempt at Shoo-fly pie. I still remember it like it was yesterday. Some disasters stay with you like that. Continue reading
My poor family. Seriously. My second son turned sixteen recently. He asked if I’d make him a key lime pie. He ended up with a key lime cheesecake parfait (recipe to come soon). This time, my husband asked me to make “those butterscotch cookies with oatmeal.” This time, he got a pie. If the darned things hadn’t turned out so good, I would almost feel sorry for him. But the whole gang is on to me and has realized that I have not been making exactly what they asked for. They have all put their proverbial feet down and are demanding more “staples” and less creativity on my part. Continue reading
It’s fall. It’s apple season. It’s baking time.
At least it is somewhere in the world. Florida is still enjoying 85 degree weather and sunshine. I have decided to go by the calendar, though, and ignore what’s happening outside, by golly! I have also discovered that one of my local grocery stores will package up mismatched apples and sell them for a mere $.59/pound. You may see a few apple recipes here and there over the next couple weeks. My kids may beat me to them, however. Every time I turn around these days, one of my teenaged sons is eating something I was saving for a recipe. Continue reading
I greatly admire wives of ranchers and farmers. It isn’t an easy life, but it seems like an adventure. Honestly, I am not sure I’d last
a week a day an hour on a farm or ranch. I have discovered over the years that I am a city girl, through and through. But it is with great pleasure that I introduce Robyn from The Ranch Wife Chronicles. She loves her life in South Dakota as a cattle rancher’s wife. She also loves to be in the kitchen, which is readily apparent when you read her blog and see her wonderful culinary creations. Her Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake and her Banana Split Bundt Cake from the last two Improv Challenges will give you just an inkling of what I am saying. And look, she brought pie with her today! Continue reading
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is my family’s favorite dessert for Easter dinner. I decided that there was no way I was going to miss out on this treat, too. Seeings baking desserts in mason jars is all the rage right now, I decided to go ahead and make a one serving pie for me while my family enjoyed their big pie. Continue reading
Every so often, I wax nostalgic for the years I spent in the Pacific northwest. The abundance of berries and fruit matched no where else I have lived before or since (though Florida does now come in a close second). Each year, I would fill my freezer with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. I canned cherries, applesauce and jam. I dehydrated grapes into my own raisins! Perhaps what I miss most, however is the rhubarb. I’d pick up 20 pounds of it so I could have it in the freezer all year long. Continue reading
This is the first year that all four of my sons are old enough and aware enough to notice that March 14th is Pi Day. They even asked if I would make a pie to celebrate. I am actually making a different pie than this one. My posts are scheduled out a ways (knock on wood that that trend lasts), so this is a pie that already filled the poor wee ones. (three of my boys are as tall or taller than me **hee hee**) (did I really just **hee hee?**) Continue reading