Pear Frangipane Galette

A galette (or crostini, to the Italians) was the first “successful” pie I ever made, and I made it with a store bought crust.  That’s not a bad thing, but honestly, it was because I was afraid of making my own.  You’d think Olga Mae’s granddaughter would come out of the womb rolling out pie dough and making all the pies, but I wasn’t.  I might be a Southern woman’s granddaughter, but I was raised by a Korean mom that I can’t ever remember making a pie.  Did we even eat pie?  🤷🏻‍♀️ We eat pie now.  Boy, do we eat pie 🙄  (Read more…)

Cranberry Apple Crostata

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I buy too many apples.  Every time I go to the store, I think we need apples.  Every time I ask The Boy to add to the grocery list (we share the list on our phones), he adds apples.  Then when I get home and go to put them away, I find a bunch of apples from the last time I bought apples.  Why doesn’t anyone eat the darn apples in this house?!  So, I made a Cranberry Apple Crostata.  Why a crostata instead of a pie?  Sometimes there’s just too much of the gooshy “stuff” in a standard pie for me.  In general, I’m really more into the “bits” parts of pies.  You know, the pecans in  Pecan Pies and the apples in apple pie.   A crostata (or a Galette for the Francophiles amongst you) is essentially a pie with just the stuff.  A rustic, open faced pie with an emphasis on the heart of the pie.  That’s my jam!  Rustic and all about the bits!  (Read more…)

Mini Pecan Pies

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Pecan Pie.  It’s gotta be my favorite.  I was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia, the daughter of a Mississippi boy, and raised mostly in South Texas, so I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

By the way, it’s pronounced “PEE-can”, unlike most Northerners who say “pe-CAHN” (wrong).  But, I digress.  (Note from the editor, Kelsey, who proofreads my posts:  Haha, you said pee.)

Pecan Pie, however you say it, is delicious.  The way I make it, heavy on the nuts, lighter on the “stuff” is perfection.  And, you know me. If I can make it, I might as well make it tiny.  (Read more…)