Pastry, Pies & Tarts

Try Making Pie Crust With Butter Instead of Shortening

Pie Shell Made From Butter

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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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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Grilled Badda Bing Flatbread Pizzas

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K, I admit that my little pizza is not a pretty shape. And… a teensy bit burned on the edge, too. I decided not to Photoshop my mistake, but rather be honest and point it out. My oven rack was too close to the heat in the broiler, that was the source of the problem.  […]

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Look, Ma! I Made A Chicken Pot Pie

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Larry and I are boomers. Frozen chicken pot pies were awesome eats in our formative years. They were cheap, salty, fatty, easy, high-cal pots o’ tasty stuff a kid, teen, babysitter, college student happily ate. Now, as conscientious grownups (buzz kill), we’d probably STILL eat those bombshells of bad nutrition if not for the consequences. […]

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Blueberry Stuffed Apples in Pastry

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Naming this recipe was tricky; besides being stuffed with fresh blueberries and baked in flaky pastry, the apples are sweetened with Red Hot candies and pure maple syrup.  TMI for a recipe name, but Larry thought the Red Hots were a pretty good idea.  I like using up the second pie crust in the box, […]

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