Hazelnut Flour

Hazelnut flour is here. Switching out some of the all purpose flour in baked goods with hazelnut flour is a great way to boost protein and complex B vitamins. First up we’re utilizing those overripe bananas on the counter. The dry ingredients are combined, the wet ingredients are mixed and then incorporated into each other. A few…

Blueberry Hand Pies

Hand pies. Pop tarts. It doesn’t matter what you choose to call them, you’ll simply love them. These fresh blueberries are plump and juicy. Lemon zest and juice give the right amount of tartness and fragrant cinnamon lends warmth. They’re not the most beautiful things to grace my table but they sure do make up…

Perfect Peach Pie

A perfect Saturday afternoon at the orchard provided us with plenty of peaches. We picked both yellow and white peaches and after careful consideration we have decided that white peaches are superior to yellow. Since variety is the spice of life, they both make an appearance in this fresh fruit pie. With the windows open and…

Strawberry Pie

The summer season is upon us. Saturday was the first day of summer and we were enjoying it in the Adirondack mountains, paddling a canoe on a glistening lake while birds sang and grills grilled. We enjoyed peaceful mornings cooking over an open flame while the fog took it’s sweet time to lift and the…

Coconut Cream Pie

I can be a bit of an overachiever. Last night, I made homemade tortillas for our chicken quesadilla dinner. Then as requested by a certain awesome kid, a spinach smoothie. Then I made a coconut cream pie. After all those dishes and the counter space needed to do these tasks, the kitchen became a nightmare….

Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie originated in Key West, Florida back in the late 19th century. Key limes are more tart and much smaller than the usual limes we’re used to seeing. Spring is the season to seek out key limes in the grocery stores. And that’s just what I did. This recipe uses both the zest…

Lemon Meringue Pie

I am a believer that everything happens for a reason and that is because God has a plan already laid out for each and every one of us.  We need to listen to our hearts in order to know what our purpose in life is. That inner voice is God. Listen. As insignificant as it may…

Freshly Picked Cherries = Cherry Pie

Saturday. It’s a wonderful day. It’s a day full of possibilities. It’s a perfect day for picking. Cherries are in season here in Connecticut and Belltown Hill Orchards is the only orchard in the state that you can pick-your-own. We chose mostly Bing cherries with a few Rainier thrown in for color. These cherries were soaking…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Homemade graham cracker crust? Check. Homemade chocolate pudding? Check. Homemade peanut butter pudding? Check. The makings of a deliciously satisfying pudding pie made from scratch. The graham cracker crust is simply crushed graham crackers and a few tablespoons of melted butter. Mix it and press it down into a pie plate. Easy. Bake it at 350F…

Blue Ribbon Apple Pie

Last year, I won a blue ribbon for this apple pie. The recipe is adapted from my high school culinary teacher, Mrs. Carlisle. Start with her pie dough. Of course, you have to pick your own apples: Peel, core and slice about 10 medium sized apples. In a bowl, combine them with 3/4 cup sugar,…

Blueberry-Nectarine Pie (TWD)

The recipe for Blueberry-Nectarine Pie is on page 384 of this book, or you can view the blogs of the hosts for this week’s recipe, Hilary of Manchego’s Kitchen and Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I have a really great pie crust recipe that I use for sweet and savory pies. It’s from my high school…

The plumpest blueberries there ever were…

I don’t know what it is about pyo farms that I love so much. Yesterday, we went to my favorite farm…Belltown Hill Orchards. It’s a third generation family owned farm of about 155 acres. They have pick-your-own produce from June to late October. My husband, son and I picked about 7 lbs of blueberries with wide…