Cottage Pie with Chorizo

According to Wikipedia this “pie” was first referred to as cottage pie back in 1791 when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor. It originated in the UK and Ireland. The name Shepherd’s Pie started to appear in 1877. Both terms mean a meat pie with a crust of … Continue reading

Maple Chocolate Swirl Pie

It is not too far from spring when the sap will start flowing in the maple trees here in Michigan.   Michigan ranks 5th or 6th in the United States, depending on the year,  in the production of maple syrup with Vermont as number 1.  The Canadian Province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, … Continue reading

Pie Decorations for your Fall Pies

Here is a great idea to decorate your Fall pies (pumpkin and apple) and both can be done ahead of time.  For my pumpkin pie this year I used 3 sizes of leaf cutters and some of my homemade pie dough.  I have a set of 5 different maple leaf sizes that I bought a … Continue reading

Peach Pie with Sour Cream and a Crumb Topping

This pie sure was delicious and a great way to use some Red Haven peaches which are locally grown.  I have not made many  peach desserts as we always ate the peaches fresh with a little cream, as a matter of fact it was one of Gene’s favorite fruits.   I could not get enough … Continue reading

Fresh Pumpkin in Recipes

Some say that fresh is better than canned – I guess it depends on who you ask as there are pros and cons to using either.  Personally, I would always prefer fresh over canned.  Canned  products are convenient… I use to have a 40×80′ pumpkin patch where I grew a variety of pumpkins, but I … Continue reading

Cinnamon Roll-Ups

It is always great to have leftover pie dough as I never put it to waste and I make these tasty little morsels.  Mom used to make these every time she made a pie so her four kids could have a special treat.

Banana Cream Pie With Maple Syrup

After a little experimenting I finally found a banana cream pie my husband liked.  It requires a little work with a homemade pastry and filling but it is worth the effort.  The surprise ingredient is Michigan Maple Syrup.

Pecan Pie

This is the best pecan pie I have ever made or tried for that matter.  A thumbs up from my husband meant this pie recipe is a keeper.  It may seem like a lot of work to some but it is definitely worth it. Bon appetit!

Graham Cracker Pie Crust (for cream pies)

This crust is great with a banana cream filling – one of our favorite cream pies.  See my recipe Banana Cream Pie with Maple Syrup. 1-1/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. sugar 6 tbsp. very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 4 tbsp. very cold vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 … Continue reading

Cheddar Pie Crust (for Apple Pie) Two Ways

Lots of people like cheese on top of their apple pie, especially my husband.  This is one way to add the cheese by making a cheddar cheese pie crust.  I recently found another recipe from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2015.