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A Riff on FoodBabe’s Almond Butter Brownies

I’m still here and still working on my semi-paleo pursuit.  I successfully navigated a trip last week to PDX to see Francine and remained a faithful GF.  I tend to gravitate toward Vani Hari’s FoodBabe blog for all things natural, so I knew she’d have some gluten-free desserts.  It’s hard when you want a nibble […]

Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

There’s no story behind this one – I needed a dessert for a holiday get together and while tearing through the Cooking Light from November, I saw a Chocolate-Orange Layer Cake.  I’m not a fan of that combination, and having seen a dessert with brown sugar buttercream on a restaurant menu recently, I decided to […]

Fried Pies Part II (Apple!)

  We’ve been having a fall weekend here in the coastal south – it was very refreshing to wake up to temperatures in the 60s and only have a high of 70 or so.  What a great change from the sweltering heat we’ve had all summer.  To me, fall is about college football, apple cider, […]

Fried Cherry Pies

It’s like a scene from an old movie about the south – a grandfather and a little boy walking out of a gas station with an RC Cola and a MoonPie, getting into a 57 Chevy and taking to the road.  It happened like that for me, but with different vittles.  Yes, I said vittles, […]

Easy Peach Cobbler

July is halfway over, and that means Prunus Persica are everywhere. I live in the Palmetto State, which is a total misnomer. Yes, we have lots of Palmetto trees–and don’t you dare call them palm trees–you find those tall things out in California or on a beach in Hawaii. A more proper name might be […]

But I don’t want pie…

But I don’t WANT to make a pie… too much effort! It’s too hot! Every excuse is available but the fruits of the summer are upon us and it is time to get our kitchens humming. Yep, it’s rhubarb and strawberry time here at Pistachio House Northwest, finally! The sun is coming out, the weather […]

Strawberry Pie

After corn, the next sign of summer’s bountiful harvest is when the U-Pick strawberry fields open for business.  These acres of low bushes are spotted in rural communities across the south and you can get ripe berries for not much more than $5 for a 3-4 pints.  Try finding that in the grocery store.  Plus, […]

Butter Cake Squares

It’s funny how culinary ideas inspire me.  I attended a baby shower last week and I noticed the hosts had used the local big box supermarket bakery for the cake–you know the kind, with pudding in the batter, dense, and with an oily frosting.  My mind wandered to my mom’s hobby.  Well, actually, first hobby. […]

Nana Puddin’ Part I

We didn’t have an Easter this year.  With mom no longer with us, and me trying to catch up with work, I stayed at my home and Dad stayed at his.  No Easter means no banana pudding, and that just won’t do.  It’s spring, and here at the coast we’re being drowned in Spanish Moss, […]

Chocolate Pie and Remembrance

The purpose of my writing this blog is to share with you all how we do food in the south, using my experiences growing up as a contrast to Francine’s urban homesteading take on things. We’ve taken a bit of a break as Francine has a new consultant position where she is able to put […]

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