Category Archives: Pies, Tarts, Cobblers

Local Blueberry Crisp

Depending on where you live, blueberry season may be here already or getting close. Whether you pick your own blueberries or buy them at the farmers’ market or grocery store, baking with fresh blueberries is the best! I first made this recipe for Local Blueberry Crisp when I did a review of The Freds at Barneys New York Cookbook by Mark Strausman about 3 years ago. Freds at Barneys New York was a luxury dining destination in the Big Apple where you would often find actors, sports figures, fashion designers, and other celebrities enjoying a meal. Mark Strausman was the chef. Unfortunately, when I googled the restaurant recently, I found that it was “permanently closed.” It may have taken a hit during the pandemic, which was a hard time for so many restaurants.

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Cherry Dump Cake

After cleaning my kitchen cupboards, I found I had a box of yellow cake mix and several cans of cherry pie filling—exactly what I needed to make Cherry Dump Cake! If you’ve never had this before, it’s quite a treat and sooooo easy to make! To me, it’s a little more like a cherry crisp than a cake, but whatever you call it, it’s yummy! The recipe also calls for some butter and almond (or vanilla) extract, which I pretty much always have on hand.

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Never-Fail Sweet Potato Pie

This is the recipe for the first sweet potato pie I ever made. I don’t make pies often, so I needed an easy recipe, and I found it at a site called the Sager Creek Vegetable Company (the site is no longer up, so I can’t link to it). This recipe makes three, yes three, sweet potato pies, so it’s perfect if you’re needing to make lots of pies for the holidays!

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Chocolate Pecan Tassie Galette

The Giveaway is now closed. I’m reviewing a new cookbook, When Pies Fly, and I’m also having a giveaway for two copies—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t make pies often (especially with homemade crust) but I do want to get better at it! Which is why I was happy to review a new cookbook called When Pies Fly: Handmade Pastries from Strudels to Stromboli, Empanadas to Knishes by food writer Cathy Barrow. It’s a book for both novice and experienced pie-makers, with sweet and savory recipes ranging from free-form galettes to pretty tarts, hand pies, and more.

This is a book that can come in handy at the holidays, when more people probably make pies and other special treats than at any other time of the year. After all, what would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie, right? But this book helps you create a fresh take on classic favorites. Discover Chocolate Pecan Tassie GalettePear, Sweet Potato, and Pistachio Strudel…savory Thanksgiving-in-a-Bite Pie PoppersOld-Fashioned Apple Dumplings...savory Spinach, Cranberry, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Hand Pies. Continue reading

Peanut Butter Slab Pie

Peanut Butter Slab Pie 1 @ NancyCThe giveaway is now closed! I’m reviewing a new cookbook, Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet and Savory Slab Pies, and I’m  also having a giveaway of this book—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

Slab Pies have become such a popular food trend—traditional round pies are good, but slab pies take pie-making to the next level! They’re not only sweet, there are some Continue reading