Apple Pie – My Oh My!

I love pie and this is a wonderful time of year for apple pie, as the fruit is abundant and in season.

This recipe includes just a few ingredients and doesn’t take too long to put together. Prep time is about 20 minutes or less. The pie will bake for 50 – 60 minutes depending on your oven (convection ovens will bake more quickly).

I confess upfront, however, that I am not much of a pie pastry maker. I can make my own pie shells and tops, but I often cheat and use store-bought. I have tried many brands and types and I really like the combination I describe below. Since I lack the skills of a proper French pastry chef, I think this combination tastes about the same as my homemade version.

(A note on brands, I am not paid or given perks to use, feature or write about any products shown.)

I encourage you to find what works for you!  Use what you like or have on hand or find at your local market!! If your grandma or aunt has an awesome pastry recipe, try it – use it and pass it along!   Continue reading

Going Green in 2012?

In my last post, I mentioned that I am the proud new owner of a Vitamix high performance blender.  I have been dying to get this tool in my kitchen for some time and it was a VERY special Christmas gift.  I have been making soups, frozen desserts, fruit smoothies and even frozen cocktails in this appliance.

A few days ago, inspired by an article in Bon Appetit Magazine, I made the above pictured veggie based elixir. I always try to use up what I already have in my refrigerator/pantry, so I put my own spin on the recipe.  Continue reading