From the category archives:

Pastry, Pies & Tarts

Ridiculously Easy, Best Quiche Recipe Ever

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Breakfast. Brunch. Lunch. Dinner. Meatless. Meat-lover. Drop-in guests. Comfort food. Picnic fare. Potluck. It is ridiculously easy to make quiche (and cheap!) When you serve it, people say, “I love quiche!  Why don’t I make it more often?”  Just happened to me yesterday, fed two friends lunch, and they literally did not stop raving. This […]

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Try Making Pie Crust With Butter Instead of Shortening

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Have you ever made an all-butter pie shell?  In my teens, I was enamored with making pies.  My dad was quite skinny, an easy target for my efforts.   Since you couldn’t buy pre-made pie shells in the store back then, the first part of making a pie was obviously making the crust.  Without a food […]

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Fabuleux Gift – Anne Willan’s Memoir, One Souffle at a Time AND Her Recipe for Chocolate Pear Tart

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Who doesn’t crave a show-stopping dessert, let alone a delicious read?  There are stories to delight and plenty more recipes where this came from in Anne Willan’s memoir, One Souffle at a Time, A Memoir of Food and France.  If you have a food lover on your Christmas shopping list, THIS is the gift!  To […]

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Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

California girl here. Born and bred. Yet, of all the magazines out there, I seem to relate most to Southern Living.  The home decor. The gardens. And, often (but not always) the recipes. Southern Living recipes are crazy rich, crazy fattening but crazy delicious.  Like their Caramel Apple Blondie Pie from the September 2013 issue.

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Fresh Plum Galette ~ Wait, Didn’t I Already Post A Galette?

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It’s time you made a galette.  I’m making them a lot these days.  Master this simple recipe and it may easily become your signature scratch dessert.  Seriously, all this Fresh Plum Galette IS is a flat pie crust with sliced fruit and a good amount of sugar.  Fold up the edges.  Bake.  Beautiful!

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Lighter German Apple Pancake

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It’s January. {Deep sigh} Time to re-acquaint myself with my LoseIt app (it counts my calories). But, DANG… it’s a cold LA Sunday. I want to turn on the oven and warm up the house by baking a cinnamony German Apple Pancake like this previous post.

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Lattice-Topped Berry Cobbler

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One hallmark of a worthwhile recipe, in my opinion, is I can flub some steps and it still works out swell. Case in point, this lip-smacking Lattice-Topped Berry Cobbler from Cooking Light Magazine.

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Lime Pie & Our First Dinner Party in the New Abode

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  Confession… we needed help hanging the oversized dining room mirror, having made a mess of our first attempt. Lots of bent hooks and wires. Not good. Need brawn. Solution: dinner party! Roped niece Danielle, boyfriend Bryan and sis-in-law Lynne. Five adults… we ought to get it done. Reward: tacos and Lime Pie.

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Petite Rustic Apple Galette

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Rustic is a great word. In “Patti Land,” it means, “lower your expectations and you’ll get a lovely outcome.” Rustic Apple Galette — it’s PIE, but rough around the edges, hand crafted, simple ingredients. Yummy yet unassuming, it can possibly result in the guy proposing marriage. This, or a perfectly roasted chicken. Hell… make the chicken, […]

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Potato Crusted Onion and Cilantro Quiche with a Cuban Touch–Bijol!

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It is 3:30 PM, Sunday afternoon. Neither lunchtime nor dinnertime. I’d spent the morning packing meals at Project Angel Food. Came home and took a 3 mile walk. Football on the TV. The house has a chill – all good reasons to turn on the oven.  A Potato Crusted Onion and Cilantro Quiche idea “showed […]

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Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake and Dinner Parties vs. Restaurants

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This Gingersnap Cherry Cheesecake was our contribution to the party. Dinner parties, in my opinion, are so much better than restaurants. Cost, sure. But parking, pressure to eat and turn the table, not being able to talk with the whole group, the din of music and room noise. And I know how restaurants cook my […]

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Kahlua Sweet Potato Pie with Kahlua Whipped Cream ~ Food Bloggers Gather to Cook and Share for Thanksgiving

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The recipe to make this autumn leaf-laced Kahlua Sweet Potato Pie with Kahlua Whipped Cream is at the bottom of this post. Seven bloggers arrived at our home for an early Thanksgiving Feast in the spirit of blogging recipes for our readers’ holiday cooking. As Project Manager, or more realistically “Micro Manager,” I instructed each […]

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Our Tour of Wilton and My Autumn Leaves Pie Crust

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This pie crust is brought to you by Nancy Siler and Gretchen Homan, who are helping me perfect my autumn leaves. They’re the go-to home economists for baking pretty things – they work at Wilton.

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