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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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Perfect Peach Pie Filling

For years I have struggled making peach pie. Suzen was totally scared off. We could not get the right flavor balance: too sweet or too spicy. And there was the issue of sogginess. Big, sloppy, the-first-piece-out-of-the-pie-is-a-disaster problems haunted us. I would look at peaches, pause, and sigh. I had no solution. Until I got The…

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Cookbook Review: Cutie Pies

  Suppose you grew up, luckily, with a grandmother who knew pies. Suppose, as an adult, you owned three Seattle coffee shops in 2008 and noticed the economy going south. Suppose you had the vision, if not the audacity, to see salvation through pie. I rather like that term: salvation through pie. Maybe a new…

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