Category Archives: Fruit

Pear Pie with Crumb Topping

Prepare a single pastry crust or use a purchased one. Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores carry them in the refrigerator or freezer sections. I use d’Anjou pears and ripen them for a couple of days on the counter top. … Continue reading

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Richard’s Favorite Apple Pie and Pie Crust

This is the pie recipe that my husband requests the most. My mother-in-law enjoyed making pies and she had two pie crust recipes. The pie crust recipe makes enough for 2 ½ pies and is very rich. The pie is … Continue reading

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Strawberry Shortcake Ideas

At the height of strawberry season, we love to make strawberry shortcakes. Here are a few ideas to make them simply. 1) You can make the shortcakes from scratch with a simple recipe and one of my favorite recipes is … Continue reading

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Cranberry–Orange Sauce

The traditional cranberry sauce is tart and slightly bitter for some palates. Here is another variation. This recipe adds orange juice and orange rind. The tartness is more balanced and it has a wonderful orange flavor along with the cranberry … Continue reading

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Cranberry Sauce Variation

Cranberry sauce can be too tart for some. The addition of port wine softens the tartness and is a nice variation for the adults. 12 oz. package fresh cranberries 1/2 cup of sugar 1 cup port wine ¼ teaspoon cinnamon … Continue reading

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JoAnn’s Secret Apple Pie Recipe

This recipe is from my sister-in-law who has guarded this family recipe for years. I was sworn to secrecy and now I have permission to post it on my blog. It has one very unusual ingredient. Pastry for 9-inch 2 … Continue reading

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Crème Fraiche

This recipe is a substitute for Crème Fraiche. It needs to “ripen” at room temperature and in the refrigerator. This Crème Fraiche, beyond being a substitute in recipes, is good as a sauce or dip for vegetables. Add spices or … Continue reading

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