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A Northwest Girl’s Blackberry Pie

As a native Pacific-Northwest-kind-of-girl, it’s a part of my Holiday traditions to bake a blackberry pie.  Picking the wild berries with my father back in Washington State is one of my treasured childhood memories.  Where I grew up near Seattle, blackberry...

Share the Love: Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

First off, I love anything in an Oreo Crust.  Oreo crust good, Oreo crust filled with peanut butter mousse, toffee and chocolate ganache…where is my fork? Since I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo, this is, no doubt, just the start of the chocolate...

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

So Saturday before last, I made this totally gorgeous deep dish apple pie that photographed really well, but was dry and practically tasteless.  This was probably my worst apple pie ever.  Really, stupendously bad. So anyway, as fate would have it, the very next day I...

Plum Frangipane Tart…Fancy Name, Simple Tart

I finally found some ripe plums.  This makes me very happy because it’s an excuse to make a plum frangipane tart.  I really like this tart because:  A)  the rich sweet almond flavor reminds me of marzipan and matches beautifully with ripe soft fruit and B)...

Pate Brisee…All-Butter Pie Crust

Isn’t that a fancy name?  Doesn’t everything sound fancier in French?  and more difficult? Don’t believe it.  This slightly-sweet all-butter pastry dough is really easy to put together.  More crisp than flaky, it holds it’s shape well which...

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