• Disk of pie dough on a floured counter with a rolling pin.

    Easy Pie Dough

    This easy pie dough recipe (made with all butter) is so simple, you’ll think twice before buying pre-made dough from the grocery store again! It took me an unusually long time to try my hand at making a few different staple recipes from scratch. I’m talking things like buttercream frosting, pizza crust and pie dough. None of these things are terribly tricky to make, it’s just the ease of buying a reasonably good (if not great) already-made product at the grocery store won me over. Not to mention the cost of making some of these recipes from scratch can actually cost *more* than just buying it ready-to-go. But. Sometimes it’s…

  • Slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.

    Easy Pumpkin Pie

    This easy pumpkin pie only takes fifteen minutes to prep before baking. Use store-bought pie dough or make your own simple homemade pie crust in advance (recipe below) — either will produce a yummy homemade pumpkin pie that’s perfect to cap off any Thanksgiving feast! Even though I don’t do much baking (e.g., cake, bread, rolls, etc.), I love making pie. Apple pie is my go-to, everything from the traditional with notes of cinnamon and thinly sliced apples, to a more robust apple pie with cardamom and a crumble topping. And during the cold weather holidays through New Year’s Eve, the variety of pies I can’t help but make goes…

  • Use fresh or frozen fruit to make this easy and delicious blueberry peach pie!

    Blueberry Peach Pie

    Use fresh or frozen fruit to make this easy and delicious blueberry peach pie! Barbecues, bike rides and potluck dinners make me think of the 1950s and Leave It To Beaver. Days when life seemed far more simple than the hustle-and-bustle we deal with now on a daily basis. Our family still gets a taste of those vintage memories in our neighborhood, with kids frolicking outside, playing hide-and-seek or seeing who can race the fastest. They know to come in when the street lights come on—a childhood memory many of us have—and it’s then that have one last snack before it’s time to get ready for bed. Some days that…

  • My 2014 Thanksgiving Recipes

    I thought I’d take a few minutes to share the Thanksgiving recipes  I’ll be using this year since I happen to actually be cooking a Thanksgiving dinner, ON THE DAY, at our new place. So! Much! Fun! Also? A TWENTY POUND BIRD, courtesy of my in-laws who earned a freebie at their local grocery store. This particular bird was frozen, so I’m not going to brine it (although I will try Alton Brown’s recipe one day) since I’ve heard it can make the bird too salty. Apparently when they freeze birds they often inject them with a solution first, and I’m guessing that solution must have sodium in it. Maybe it actually…

  • This honey cardamom chunky apple pie recipe will leave your house smelling sinfully good!

    Honey Cardamom Chunky Apple Pie Recipe

    Cutco® sent me a terrific goody basket of their products for participating in the “Cutco Fall Harvest” food blogger event, which I used to make this unbelievable honey cardamom chunky apple pie. It will leave your house smelling sinfully good! IT’S APPLE PIE SEASON!!! We had dinner plans with friends the other night, and I was instructed to bring dessert. Specifically, a dairy- and nut-free dessert. With fall in the air, leaves starting to turn and nights becoming crisp, I couldn’t help but turn to my autumn favorite: apple pie. Wanting to make this apple pie a little different than the rest, I scoured the pantry for an ingredient that I’ve…

  • Make this diabetic-friendly pumpkin pie for those times you can't (or don't want to) use cane sugar.

    Diabetic-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

    This diabetic-friendly pumpkin pie sweetened with stevia is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving feast. Make it when you can’t (or don’t want to) use cane sugar! This year I’ve been selected “pie maker” for both families’ Thanksgiving dinners. The first is on Thanksgiving Day, and we’ll be having our feast at my in-laws’ house mid-day. I’m bringing pumpkin pie and apple pie. But there’s a trick with making sweets for my in-laws: they’re diabetic. Unlike my husband who is also diabetic, my in-laws stay away from anything with real sugar in it. I’ve found that everyone with diabetes has a body that reacts differently to various foods in terms of…

  • This homemade key lime pie recipe is easy to make and loved by all!

    Homemade Key Lime Pie Recipe

    This homemade key lime pie recipe is easy to make and loved by all! It couldn’t be any easier to pull together, or any more delicious and satisfying — especially if you love tartness. My recipe differs from many other key lime pie recipes because the secret’s in the sauce … er … filling. I add lime zest to the pie filling, because lime juice alone doesn’t make it as tart as I like! My little sister turned thirty years old in 2013, and that particular birthday happened amid some very cool events. That weekend we celebrated on her actual birthday by spending three days in the Dolly Sods Wilderness, something…

  • Make Time For Pie In December

    It’s hard to believe that it’s December already. I don’t know about you, but I still have a lot of shopping to do. A LOT. Thankfully the interweb is forgiving in that respect, and most of what I still need to do can be both purchased and shipped online in time for Christmas. December also starts the procession of holiday parties. Gatherings with friends, work parties, charity balls – it’s amazing that we have time to get anything accomplished. Still, it’s important to stay focused on things that are meaningful this time of year. Like the fact that December 1 is National Pie Day. That’s important and meaningful, right?