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Easy Recipes For Pie And Pie Dough

Easy recipes for pie and pie dough are must-haves for creating delicious summer desserts. Fresh, juicy fruits beg to be baked into pie crust. Over the years, I’ve found lots of easy pie recipes. In this post, you’ll find links to a great cherry pie recipe, strawberry rhubarb pie recipe, blueberry pie recipe, apple pie recipe, pumpkin pie recipe, banana cream pie recipe, and my absolute favorite – the perfect peach pie recipe. No, I didn’t create these recipes for pie, but I collected them, and here they are with a fool-proof, easy recipe for pie dough.

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Birthday Gifts of Food Nourish Women’s Friendships

Selecting birthday gifts can be tricky. If the gift is just commonly nice, it can appear perfunctory, or worse, a symbol of a social obligation. Genuine birthday gifts demand thoughtful consideration of the recipient and creativity of the giver. The gift must match some interest or feature of the birthday person. I know, this is a lot of pressure on the giver. You may dread picking out birthday gifts for people because in the past your gifts have been ill-received and misunderstood. You had meant well. You did try to choose the right gift, but BAM! – Blasted again by wan smiles of thanks as your gift is received and placed off to the side. You may be ready to say, “That’s it! From now on everybody gets socks and underwear.”

But don’t give up yet. I have a fail-safe suggestion. GIVE FOOD.   That’s right. Just like socks and underwear, everyone needs food. Plus, nearly everyone LIKES food. Even those people who in the past liked it too much and are now restricting their food intake, are still happy to receive food gifts. Choices of delicious food festively packaged abound. You can easily show your thoughtfulness by selecting the particular sweets, treats and staples you know your friend enjoys. You can’t go wrong.

If your friend is a middle-aged woman, your gift-selecting gets even easier. Give a birthday cake or pie. Why? Because she will likely not receive one from anyone else. For many of us lucky enough to have had loving mothers, the most prominent birthday memory is of mom carrying in the birthday cake, leading the family in a chorus of “Happy Birthday”, and then clapping and smiling as we blew out the candles. Well, for many middle-aged women, mom is likely either out-of-state, out-of-life, or too weak to carry the cake. That’s when friends become crucial. A true friend steps up to the plate and delivers the cake. The friend’s smile and cheerful wishes bring alive the childhood magic of birthdays. And the middle-age birthday girl becomes less reluctant, perhaps quietly happy, to celebrate one more year. We all need to know that someone is glad we were born. This appreciation is the finest, truest and most thoughtful gift we can ever give, – or receive.

I was lucky last week; women friends gave me a birthday cake, no candles though, and that was fine with me. This week was my best friend’s birthday. Her mother lives out-of-state, and her house is filled with sons and a husband. I was pretty sure that she would not have a birthday cake if I didn’t provide one. Last week my daughter had made a chocolate cake in joint celebration of our birthdays, but I wanted my good friend to have something special on her actual birthday. I chose to give her a cherry pie.

It was an easy choice. Last summer I’d been in a pie-making frenzy and had given her a cherry pie just for the fun of it. She told me that she had loved it! In fact, she had eaten the whole pie, except for a small piece which she had given to her husband. That cherry pie had been the perfect gift for her.

So this week I baked another. Of course, because I’m me, I had to mess with perfection. I had to add the thrill of uncertainty to the baking and use a different cherry pie recipe. When I gave her the pie I asked her to tell me which pie she preferred. Yesterday she called with her answer. She had enjoyed them both. Again, she had given her husband only a small piece. She said she’d have to ask him if one recipe was better than another. She said she’s not picky about home-made cherry pie. She just LIKES THEM! And I know, she likes me.

Click on “continue reading…” for this cherry pie recipe taken from the cookbook, Cherries Galore: A Door County cherry recipe collection.

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Wisconsin State Fair Exhibits The Best Foods, Products, Crafts, Art, and Animals Of Wisconsin!

“Have a cream puff for me!” was Katie’s send-off as I left our Wisconsinmade office on Friday. Wisconsin cream puffs are perhaps THE signature item at the annual Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee.state_fair_cream_puff Lauren (8), Dave (5), Grandfather, and I easily found the cream puffs – they had their own pavilion. The purchase line was 50 people long, but moved fast in front of windows revealing smiling cream puff chefs sporting Holstein cow-patterned caps and squirting delicious white mounds of whipped cream on to sliced pastry puffs. We waved to them and they waved back, showing off their work. Every one was caught up in the excitement of this yearly Wisconsin tradition! 

Wisconsin Maple Syrup

Entering the huge Wisconsin Products Pavilion, we saw row after row of display booths showing off all the different kinds of foods Wisconsinites produce. We saw Wisconsin cranberries, cherries, honey, maple syrup, nuts, cheeses, ice cream, pizzas, sausages, meats, potatoes, candy, and more. Alice in Dairyland held center stage, quizzing her audience on which products came from which Wisconsin region.

Wisconsin Cranberries

In the Wisconsin Horticulture, Craft, and Culinary Pavilion we saw the fruits of Wisconsin hobbyists having fun. Amateurs pitted their talents against one another to compete for prizes in baking, cake decorating, gardening, sewing, quilting, leather-crafting, and wood-working. Truth be told, we saw nothing amateurish in their results. The creative ingenuity and skill demonstrated in each craft amazed us.

The competitions continued in the 6 livestock barns. Exotic and farm animals looked their best for the crowds and judges. Our family enjoyed the Rabbit and Poultry Palace. The children ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over the velvety soft, cuddly rabbits. The exquisitely plumaged roosters, hens, turkeys, and doves impressed us too. The colorful patterns of feathers on these domestic birds made woodland birds look drab. So why do children’s books feature poultry in such plain, solid colors? Let their illustrators go to the fair and they might depict animal characters in their true-life glory. These impressive animals were a tribute to Wisconsin breeders working with the myriad varieties of forms and colors nature offers.

And of course, we couldn’t resist watching Wisconsinites play with their animals as well. No pig wrestling this time, but pig racing! And duck racing too! The crowd cheered for their favorites and rooted for the piglet swimming across the pool.   

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