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Summer means delicious tomatoes. A LOT of delicious tomatoes. If you’re growing tired of your same old tomato recipes (and you probably are by now), try this double-crust tomato pie. It’s from Heidi, whose recipe for Read more »

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You tended your vegetable garden lovingly all spring. You fertilized it, chased away the bugs, and pulled out those strangling weeds. Now your efforts are rewarded with an abundance of beautiful yellow squash. Loads and loads and loads of it. What to do with it now, after Read more »

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Nope, no alcohol in this pie. Start building it with a salty pretzel crust sweetened with a little sugar. Add a creamy, tart strawberry filling and freeze for a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

Recipe:

1 1/3 c. crushed pretzels
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 butter, melted
1 21-oz. can strawberry pie filling
1/2-2/3 c. frozen margarita mix, thawed
8 oz. carton whipped topping

Butter a 9-in. pie plate. In medium bowl, combine 1 1/4 c. of the pretzels, sugar and butter. Press evenly onto bottom and sides of pie plate to form crust. In large bowl, combine strawberry pie filling and margarita mix. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Sprinkle top with remaining crushed pretzels. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

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I promised to post more strawberry recipes, and this one definitely packs a sweet-tart punch to your taste buds. My friend, Kristi M., posted a picture of this on facebook, and she got so many requests for the recipe that Read more »

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My mother-in-law gave me this recipe; she got it from a trusted source in her hometown. I haven’t tried this recipe, but it does sound wonderful. Kind of like a chess pie with crushed pineapple baked in. It’s versatile for the change of seasons too. Canned pumpkin or applesauce can stand in for the pineapple; just adjust your spices.

Recipe:

2 c. sugar
1 stick butter, softened
4 eggs
3 T. all-purpose flour
8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 tsp. vanilla
9-inch unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend together sugar and butter with spoon in a medium bowl. Add eggs and flour. Stir in pineapple and vanilla. Pour into crust. Place pie pan on cookie sheet. Bake 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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April. The month of my favorite holiday: Easter! Baby chicks and bunnies, pretty Easter lilies, new Sunday clothes and Easter egg hunts. Our Easter dinner table teems with Read more »

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Not Apple Pie

April Fools’ Day, the only holiday of the year when you’re expected to be a jerk. My best April Fools’ jokes Read more »

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This recipe comes from my friend Lisa J. Thanks, Lisa!

1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk, well beaten
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. of each mace, ginger and cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tbsp. shortening, melted
1/2 tsp. salt

Line a 9 inch pie pan with pastry and chill.  Dissolve soda and water; beat into the molasses.  Blend in egg yolk; pour into pie crust.  Combine flour, spices, sugar, salt and shorting to make crumbs.  Sprinkle over pie.  Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until crust begins to brown.  Reduce temperature to 325 degrees and bake until top is firm.

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From the Kitchen of…

My mother-in-law, Joncy, is the Southern version of Martha Stewart. Actually, Martha may be the Northern version of Joncy. Talents they share include fabulous cooking and lavish holiday decorating. However, the ever-inspiring Martha can’t hold a flame to Joncy’s Southern genteelness.

Joncy’s first memories of baking start at age seven, when she helped her mother make rum-soaked Read more »

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Tar Heel Pie

North Carolina’s men’s basketball win last night over their archrival Duke prompts me to post this recipe. Now, lots of great college basketball teams- UNC Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, NC State Wolfpack, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons, to name a few- call North Carolina home. But the extreme intensity of the UNC-Duke rivalry stands alone.

I must be honest and tell you Read more »

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