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Plum Pie

Plum Pie, whole

One of the things that appeals to me so much about pie is that they are both incredibly versatile and incredibly familiar at the same time. You can put just about any kind of fruit into a pie, from apples to pineapples, and still enjoy a sweet dessert with a flaky pastry crust, even though the flavor is entirely different. The process to make pies ... Read More »

Pie recipes and gadgets for Pi Day

Pie Slices

I’ve celebrated Pi Day for almost as long as I can remember. I think it started back in junior high school, and while I may have skipped the occasional celebration, it has pretty much always been an event I like to take note of. It’s a bit nerdy, but Pi Day is about celebrating the number pi (3.14) on the date that approximates it (March ... Read More »

Girl Scout Cookies from the past

Girl Scout Cookies from the past

Girl Scout cookies have been a tradition of the Girl Scouts almost since the organization was founded, in 1912. The first Girl Scout cookies were simply cookies made and sold by Girl Scouts to benefit their local troops. One of the earliest reports details a troop selling cookies in their school cafeteria. As more troops began to make and sell cookies, the sales moved door-to-door ... Read More »

Adjustable Pie Cutter

Progressive Int'l Pie Cutter

They say that the first slice of cake is always the most difficult to get out of the pan. It’s hard to get a spatula or knife underneath a slice without being able to approach it from the side. This is doubly true of pies, where not only is it difficult to get the first slice out cleanly, but it is difficult to cut the ... Read More »

Chocolate Mint Cookie Squares

Chocolate Mint Cookie Slices

They might look like fudgy brownies, but these Chocolate Mint Cookie Squares are actually far closer to the cookie side of the spectrum where bar cookies are concerned. They are fairly firm, with a nice chew to the center, like a thick cookie. The recipe is a play on the Caramel Oatmeal Brownies I made a while back. This time around, I added some chocolate ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Root beer has a unique flavor that, surprisingly, works well in all kinds of different recipes. I’ve used it in Root Beer Brownies, barbecue sauce and, of course, root beer floats. Family Friendly Food used it in a tasty looking Root Beer Pound Cake. The fluffy chocolate cake uses two cups of root beer and even a little bit more in the frosting. Do yourself ... Read More »

Wilton Dimensions Tulip Pan

Wilton Dimensions Tulip Pan

Spring is in the air – and possibly in the kitchen if you have a pan like the Wilton Dimensions Tulip Pan. The bundt pan has a gorgeous tulip design that is simple, well-defined and comes out cleanly in a finished cake. The big problem I have with some other flower-themed pans is that they can go overboard with the detailing. Shapes like roses, for ... Read More »

What is Irish soda bread?

Irish soda bread – or just soda bread, if you prefer – is a type of quick bread that uses baking soda as a leavener. While this may not seem like much of a revelation these days due to the prevalence of baking soda in all kinds of recipes, it was a boon to bakers in Ireland in the mid 1800s. At that time, Ireland ... Read More »

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