Pie Dough for Lattice-Top Pie

I like this pie dough recipe it seems to work well in the food processor.  And I’ve learned the key to flakey pie dough is that everything has to be super cold and you have to dry to handle it as little as possible. Ingredients: 3 C all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp sugar, plus 1 additional…

Peach Pie

The crowning event of peach season and our backyard peach tree is fresh peach pie.  I usually take all the last few peaches (some that have often been sampled by the birds) and cut out the bad parts and put the rest of the chunks into pie filling.  It’s another Cooks Illustrated recipe and the…

Refined Strawberry Shortcake

Today, was my birthday!  I’m not a huge fan of cake and even less of a fan of frosting, however, my kids don’t think we have officially celebrated my birthday until candles have been lit, the birthday song sung and some sort of treat enjoyed.   I also wound up with an abundance of strawberries…

Spinach Quiche

Spinach quiche is one thing I rather enjoy eating and I found this recipe in our Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook early in our marriage.  It actually miraculously turned out well even with me having to make a pie crust which was something I had managed to fail miserably at before.  I have only slightly…

Canned Peaches

Our peach tree just ripened this week and today was a slightly slower day than the others this week, so today was the day I canned peached.  Derek laughs at me every time I get on one of these canning sprees because I always vowed I would never be one of those women who canned….

Chicken Parmesan

I picked this recipe up in a Cook Illustrated Magazine.  It was titled “Best Chicken Parmesan” and tonight when I made it for dinner Derek did say, “this chicken parmesan that you make is the best I’ve ever had.”  Their whole point was to not make soggy, bland, and dried out Chicken Parmesan, and I…

Basil Pesto

My sweet neighbor showed up on my door step with a bunch of washed basil from her garden (unbeknownst to her I have a ton growing in my own garden).  I love basil and was not put out at all.  It just determined that pesto was just the thing for dinner.  I love pesto…smear it…

Grilled Glazed Baby Back Ribs

I must be slightly weird because I don’t love fall off the bone ribs.  I actually prefer a little chew to my ribs.  Anyways, I love this recipe because it makes ribs just the way I like them, and I can cook them start to finish in 45 minutes!  I saw this recipe in a…

Lemon Tartar Sauce

When Derek and I were newly married and our budget was tight I remember frequently stopping by Derek’s parents place around the dinner hour in hopes that they might feed us as well as themselves.  I think Diane began to anticipate such drop bys and usually always seemed to have enough to share with us…

Crab Cakes

I have a little barrel out near the garden that I plant seasonal fresh herbs in.  I always feel confined to choosing only as many as will fit with in the barrel.  This year I chose not to plant fresh dill in lieu of herbs I use more frequently.  However, to my excitement when I…

Baked Ziti

Gotta give weight watchers another shout out for this recipe.  I like this version of baked ziti because it adds a few vegetables into the mix rather than just sauce and cheese.  I made this today for neighbor who just had a new baby.  It’s a good meal that you can make and bring over…