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Cheddar Apple Pie | The Year of Pie

The one constant of the last few weeks has been change. Changing schedules, changing jobs, changing seasons. Billboards are going up touting the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the Internet is full of ways to enjoy crisp weather, but San Francisco hasn’t decided yet what season it should be. We had an intense heat wave, when I…

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Elvis Pie | The Year of Pie

When you are in your late 20s, and married, and you tell people “I have some exciting news”, the first thing they’re going to think is that you’re pregnant. Just in case, you know, you find yourself in a situation where you have exciting news, other than having a baby, and you need a way…

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Ratatouille Pie | The Year of Pie

We went and visited summer over the Fourth of July. It was deliciously hot. Shorts weather, ice cream weather,  lake weather. And then we came back to San Francisco’s perpetual April and while I enjoyed the cool nights, I missed summer. It made me think of all the things to love about the hot weather. Things…

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Strawberry Pie | The Year of Pie

We’re spoiled out here with the first crop of strawberries arriving around late April. I always reserve the first few weeks for just eating them straight out of the carton but that means by May I’m starting to think about what else I can do with them. And since last month we gave rhubarb its…

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Rhubard Custard Pie | The Year of Pie

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…

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Blueberry Almond Tart (6 of 6)

Almond-Crusted Fruit Tart | The Year of Pie

The town over from where I grew up had a bakery that made a particular fruit tart. You know that kind I mean. The picture-perfect, glossy fruit tart with a thick and sweet pastry cream under the fruit. It made a regular version during the year, but on Passover it made a kosher-for-Passover version that…

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Lemon Cream Tart (5 of 5)

Lemon Cream Pie | The Year of Pie

If there’s a lemon dessert on a restaurant menu, I’m probably going to order it. This is probably not surprising, given the plethora of lemon desserts that already exist in this space, but given the upcoming all-things-chocolate holiday, it bears repeating. I like chocolate as much as the next… well, probably not as much as…

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Potato Crust Quiche (4 of 8)

Potato Crust Quiche | The Year of Pie

I don’t go in for concrete, goal-oriented, measurable New Year’s resolutions. Each January I designed a new theme for the year – there was the year of getting into better shape, the year of exploring more about Northern California, the year of being better about finances. It spreads the pressure over 12 months instead of…

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