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French Butter Pie Pastry from Pies, Glorious Pies

This recipe comes from a book titled Pies, Glorious Pies. The book has several lovely pastry recipes, all shown with a sequence of photos to guide you from flour to dough. Yes, pastry making is something that can trigger high anxiety. I can bake a cake or make a brownie. But dough making and that…

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Smoke Ham, Leek and Mushroom Pie

This recipe comes from a book titled Pies, Glorious Pies and glorious is what it is. Author Maxine Clark invented this dish for Christmas almost 20 years ago using her Scottish savory pie heritage. Suzen and I spent an afternoon quietly making the pie, decorating it, egg washing, baking, smelling, and finally, finally tasting this…

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Brian’s Triple Raspberry Treat

Yesterday I posted a cookbook review for Skinny Sippers, a volume of cocktail recipes with a twist [no pun intended]. Each of the recipes in Skinny Sippers gives you a lovely cocktail in under 150 calories. The recipes are dotted with ideas for using fruit, fruit and vegetables juices, and diet mixers to provide deep…

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Cookbook Review: Pies, Glorious Pies

I am not a proponent of violence, so I do ask this question with some trepidation. Who makes the best pies? There are regional rivalries that are sure to be stirred at the mention of “pie” and “best.” I recently posted a review of Southern Pies: http://www.cookingbythebook.com/cookbook-reviews/cookbook-review-southern-pies-by-nancie-mcdermott/ This is a book filled with treats, some…

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Cookbook Review: Skinny Sippers

I enjoy a good cocktail. I do. The intensity of flavor, the splash of color, the relaxing effects — it’s no wonder that the cocktail hour prevails, whether at home or in the happy hour activities at every bar in town. Growing up in the 1950s, my parents were just like everyone else on the…

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What’s Coming This Fall

Two weeks ago I had hopes that summer might continue. This weekend in Olive, Suzen and I used the fireplace and enjoyed the leaves along every byway. Fall is here. The deer in our front yard all have their dark winter coats. And they are nibbling away at the parts of herb garden they missed…

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