Pie is the best. It’s one of my favorite things to make and though I started in my mom’s kitchen with apple and pumpkin, I’ve come to enjoy all kinds. Truly, when it comes to pie I don’t discriminate. This was my first experience making a coconut cream pie and only the second one I’ve ever eaten. Definitely vintage but comeback-worthy to say the least.
Blogging about food (I really dislike the word blogging, not gonna lie) is a lot like any creative venture – sometimes I’m bursting with recipes and ideas and everything I make seems to turn out exactly as I’d hoped. Other times, though, my brain is as dry as the Sahara and everything I make tastes like crap.
I heart pears. Seriously, I love them. I like them under-ripe, over-ripe, in desserts, whatever. Since I’ve been wanting to make a crostata for a while now, and my pears were perfectly ripe and crying out to be used in some magical way, the winter pear crostata was born!
Alternate title could be “I didn’t know key lime pie was so easy to make”. And also, “I didn’t know that I am obsessed with key lime pie”. True, this is a rather tropical dessert, but my taste buds didn’t care as I dug into a second slice.
I came across this recipe, technically a quiche, and realized while reading through the ingredients list that I had almost all of the ingredients on hand. Quiche typically uses heavy cream and a whole lotta eggs, whereas this quiche’s filling used mainly low-fat ricotta cheese – definitely a much healthier take on a typically mega-calorie dish. I made my own crust (adding whole wheat flour), added bacon, and doubled the spinach. A sweet ricotta pie is one of my family’s favorites – what would a savory version be like? As yummy smells filled my house I got VERY excited to find out!
Learning how to cook will save you money, calories, and your life. Don’t scoff – cooking for yourself is almost always healthier than restaurant food and long life is an indirect result of a healthy diet. There is a downside to cooking; the mystery calorie curtain is lifted and your entire view of food will change a bit. You can no longer pretend that cheesecake is good for you because cheese has protein.
This post is dedicated to you – for two reasons. First, you named the pie. The new neopolitan is a very hip sounding name. Well done. Secondly, you ate (and liked) something you hate. Yes, that’s right, there is cream cheese in this pie. I gather from your name choice that you thought the cream cheese layer was actually a vanilla layer. The vanilla extract makes this portion TASTE vanilla-y, but it is indeed made from cream cheese. So thank you, and I’m sorry. Your wife made me keep mum, it’s all her fault. I promise from here on out that I will no longer hide ingredients.
When it comes to dinnertime, I’m nothing if not practical. I love a dinner that’s all in one bowl, like the turkey pasta bake on this site. You need some whole grain, veggie, lean protein and healthy fats in every meal, if possible. If clean up is just one pan, even better! When one hears the phrase “chicken pot pie”, the health factor is almost never on the radar even though it DOES contain veggies, lean protein, and calcium from the milk! But who really cares about all that, because if you’re ordering/making chicken pot pie, it’s because its insanely comforting and delicious.
Of all the desserts I’ve made, this one probably has gotten the best reaction. It’s insane. As is usually the case, it’s absolutely the most time consuming. Let’s talk about that for a second.
So, did you know that when you put your baby in the gym child care, you don’t actually have to work out? You can just sit in the cafe. I’m abusing the system but it feels so good.
There really aren’t too many things better in the fall than a homemade apple pie. If you like pie but routinely eat store bought pies, then I need to get your mind right. There are few things as satisfying in the kitchen then rolling your pie crust, peeling and slicing apples, and of course the smell of it baking. It’s all absolutely worth it, if you ask me.
When I go to friends’ houses to eat, they are used to me begging to bring dessert; reason being, I don’t want to eat a whole chocolate cream pie by myself! I could though, I think.
Yay for Jersey peaches! Whoooooooo. One of my top five favorite foods is a July Jersey peach. Wowsa.
Because of PSSA testing, we have block days Monday-Thursday this week. That means that instead of 3 recipes we are making two. Today and tomorrow are pumpkin streusel muffins. I will post them tomorrow. They are SO good, almost more like cupcakes.
If you like peanut butter and chocolate together, you WILL like this dessert. It’s very rich, very peanut-buttery, and VERY easy to make!