Vanilla Sugar

It doesn’t get much easier than this! So much flavor, so little effort! But what’s it for? Almost anything, really. It’s delicious on cereal, in tea or coffee, and can be used in any baked goods you fancy. Just that hint of vanilla flavor gives a delightful boost. In a cute jar, it also makes…

Julie’s Best Ever Blueberry Pie

“It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true!” — Anonymous This is the best blueberry pie you’ll ever make. Or eat, for that matter! I tried other recipes but was never satisfied with them. Some require that you cook the berries on the stove before assembling the pie. No thanks. They end up mushy, and you have…

Gooseberry Custard Tart

Deliciously tart gooseberries, creamy vanilla custard, and rich, crumbly Butter Shortcrust: This might be one of my new favorite desserts! And it’s remarkably quick and easy (once you have the crust) for something that looks and tastes so fancy. Okay, when I made Kale With Golden Gooseberries, I said I didn’t need any more dessert…

Butter Shortcrust

I go back and forth between butter and shortening for my pie crusts. I love the flakiness of a shortening crust, as well as its suitability for using my Perfect-A-Crust to roll it out. (Perfect-A-Crust is an aid for rolling consistent crusts. They don’t make them anymore, but you can sometimes find them on eBay. You…

Ice Cream Sundae Pie

Happy National Ice Cream Day! You can celebrate even if you don’t live in the USA. It’s always a good day to celebrate ice cream! I only ever make Ice Cream Sundae Pie in December but it’s a great dessert any time. Ice Cream Sundae Pie has been a tradition for Christmas dinner in our…

Rhubarb Pie

It’s rhubarb season! I wish I could say I cut this rhubarb from my garden, but I didn’t. I bought it at the store, so it’s not even as local as I’d like. I keep hoping one day my plants will grow big enough to harvest, but they’re being stubborn. I planted three about three…

Orange Snowball Melt-Aways

I just love orange in baked goods, especially during the holidays. These delightful little cookies melt away in your mouth, with a burst of fresh orange flavor. The tradition of oranges in Christmas stockings goes way back. In my family, it was said to be for good luck. And when my great-grandmother Mary Ann Duncan…

Butter Cookies

One of my favorite family traditions around the holiday season is decorating these rich, buttery cookies. Participation is mandatory from a very young age, whether you were born into the family or joined later. We’d have different colors of frosting, all sorts of sprinkles, colored sugar, cinnamon candies, and silvers. That’s what we called the silver-colored…