Monthly Archives: October 2009

Apple pie

My beloved Scots-Irish grandmother was famous, at least in our family, for her apple pie. She made a pie, it seemed, every week or so until she was well into her eighties. Her pie, which I’ll cover in another post, was made with lard and only with Granny Smiths. It wasn’t too sweet or runny. It was an honest, rustic pie.

I’ve seen several TV chefs instruct on apple pie and read plenty of apple pie recipes without ever trying the deed myself. I’m not into baking that has you spread flour on the marble countertop or wooden cutting board and generally make a mess. I’ll get over this if I keep at, but for now, I’m a fan of Pillsbury’s refrigerated pie crust. For my purposes, it’s got decent flavor and flakiness…and God knows, it’s easy.

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Wanna date?

Dates are a really nutricious and sweet (average date only 23 calories) snack food and baking ingredient. Here’s a date & pecan bar recipe that still has them talking at church (made dessert for 50) and work (took the leftovers in to nourish the troops in the office).

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Lentil soup

Discovered that I love making and eating lentil soup last year. Been looking forward to “soup time” now as Fall is here.

Lentil soup is really easy and really fantastic. This recipes gets you about 4 cups.

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