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 Galette…Pear, Sweet Potato, and Pistachio Strudel…savory Thanksgiving-in-a-Bite Pie Poppers…Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings...savory Spinach, Cranberry, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Hand Pies. Continue reading →
It’s always fun trying out different ways to make salads—it makes salad-eating a little more interesting! In the summer months, I like adding strawberries and blueberries to my salads. So I thought I’d try making an “autumn” type of salad with apples and pears. There’s also creamy crumbles of feta cheese mixed in, along with some healthy pecans that give this salad a nice flavor and crunch!
When I was on vacation almost a month ago, I went to a bakery that had lots of delicious-looking cakes, cookies, pies, homemade breads, and more. It was really hard to decide what to buy. I bought a few things, but decided not to buy the German Chocolate Brownies–I would have had to buy a whole pan and if I did that, I’m sure I would have eaten them all! So I just made a note to myself to try making my own German Chocolate Brownies when I got home.
Here’s an easy way to make oatmeal a little more exciting…it’s called Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal! I used old-fashioned oats, but you could use quick oats or instant oatmeal…whatever you like making best (just adjust the cooking time for the quick or instant oats, which will be less). The dried cranberries add some sweetness and the chopped pecans add a nice crunchiness!