Rhubard Custard Pie – The Year of Pie

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If you were not really into Little House on the Prairie books when you were little, then you might not remember that in the seventh book in the series (you know, Little Town on the Prairie) where Laura makes a pie out of pie plant. She forgets to add sugar, serves it, and only realizes her mistake when someone lifts up the top crust to sprinkle sugar directly on the filling. I was obviously really into those books. I giggled at Laura’s dismay over the unsweetened pie, and I wondered a bit about what pie plant could be. And I think I chalked it up to one of those things in books that don’t exist in real life.

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Strawberry Milk – Not a Recipe

There’s this awkward time between 5:30 and 6 pm when I sometimes find myself wanting a snack. It happens a few hours after my usual afternoon snack, and uncomfortably close to dinner time. It’s too late to eat much without ruining your appetite, but still too far away from meal time to ignore completely. That’s…

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Greek Shrimp Farro Bowl

In the summer time, when the weather would get too hot, sometimes my mom and I would blow off everything and head to the beach for the day. We’d stop on the way at a sub shop to grab lunch. Sometimes we’d grab sandwiches at a local chain in town before getting on the highway, sometimes…

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Chana Masala

Indian food is a pretty common option when you’re a vegetarian. I ate a lot of it during high school and college, when I wasn’t eating meat. There was the buffet near my hometown, located in a strip mall off the highway, where I spent a number of weekend lunches because it was had some…

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Spicy Cabbage Pitas

A few months ago my brother-in-law visited and I made dinner for him. I don’t remember exactly what I made, but I do remember he was impressed that I’d made a meal with multiple parts on a weeknight. The meals he makes at home for his family, he noted, are generally one-pan affairs. I kind…

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Chicken and Biscuits Pie – The Year of Pie

When I originally came up with the Year of Pie, making a chicken pot pie was an obvious choice. Except for one serious issue: I’ve already written about a few chicken pies. It’s not that uncommon that I have a general idea without a recipe attached. I took a look at some cookbooks, did a search…

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Creamy Shells and Peas

I love peas. Like, a lot. So much that it’s a problem. The problem is that I don’t often measure when I add frozen peas to a recipe. I just pour until I think there’s enough, and often my definition of enough is too many peas for Jeff. It’s not that he doesn’t like peas….

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Tortilla Pizza

If you open any freezer in America, chances are good that you will find a frozen pizza. Or maybe that was just a 90s thing. The one you would find in my parents’ freezer circa 1996-2004 was Celeste. It’s a single-serving bar style pizza with a crust that’s not thick or thin, and the cheese goes out…

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