Strawberry Pie Recipe

Strawberry Pie Recipe

I had no idea I’d be making strawberry pie this week, let alone developing my own strawberry pie recipe; but when I spotted a u-pick strawberry sign on the way to our cabin last Saturday, it quickly got added to the agenda. Strawberry season is pretty much over and done with back home. The kids were busy with end of the year projects and finals when the berries were ready to pick, so we just never made it to our local patch.

I was really bummed that we wouldn’t be adding any strawberry jam to the freezer this year. But, something cool I’ve discovered about our cabin: the weather up there is about two weeks behind our weather back home. And that means strawberry season is also two weeks behind. Woo hoo! Gotta love second chances, especially when berries are involved.

So, we picked four gallons of berries Monday morning, and by Monday night, I had 15 pints of strawberry freezer jam safely tucked in the basement freezer and plenty of berries left to play with. I had somehow made it 35 years without making a strawberry pie, and I decided that needed to change. But, as you probably know, most strawberry pie recipes call for Jello, and that didn’t exactly excite me. So, I dug and dug until I found a strawberry pie recipe that didn’t call for Jello, and I made it.

It was good; everyone enjoyed it, but I knew I could do better. So, I pulled some more berries out of the fridge, and got to work developing my own recipe. I like to keep things simple, so this recipe is as simple as I could get it. Aside from the strawberries, it just calls for cornstarch, sugar and salt. It turns out you don’t need that Jello at all because everything gelled beautifully. And you know what? When you keep things this simple, you can actually taste the berries. And if you ask me, that’s how it should be. Want to take my strawberry pie for a test drive? Here’s the recipe. [Read more…]

2-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

2-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Alright, guys. I’m going to let you in on a family secret. It’s the chocolate mousse recipe that I’ve been eating since I was a kid. It requires only two ingredients; contains no eggs; and it’s ready to eat as soon as you make it. I looked around on the web yesterday, and I didn’t see anything like it, so I decided it was time to share the secret. This recipe is easy enough to make on a busy night, but impressive enough to serve at a fancy party. Here’s the recipe. [Read more…]

Vanilla Pudding Mix Recipe

Vanilla Pudding Mix Recipe

Vanilla pudding is such a versatile dessert. It’s good warm or cold, plain or dressed up, but my favorite way to serve it is layered with berries in wine glasses or mason jars. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries – I’ll take them all.

Since we’re inching into berry season once again, I decided to turn my tried-and-true vanilla pudding recipe into a mix that I can keep on hand. Now, whenever gorgeous berries inspire me to make a batch of vanilla pudding, I’ll just need to grab a scoop of mix from the pantry to be off and running. And since my recipe only takes 12 minutes to make, I’d say we’ll be eating more vanilla pudding this summer.

Want to try my vanilla pudding mix? Here’s the recipe [Read more…]

Pimento Cheese Recipe

Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Pimento cheese is too good to be just a southern thing. If you’ve never had it before (or you’ve only had a grocery store knock off), this is your chance to treat your taste buds to something truly special. While most grocery store pimento cheese has a smooth, spreadable consistency, this recipe makes a chunkier spread. It’s what you’d expect to be served, if you ordered a pimento cheese sandwich at a really good deli. And it’s the only way I serve it at my house. [Read more…]