Strawberry picking is always a fun thing to do in spring when they’re in season. But without our strawberry monster of a niece at our side, most of the time we pick more than we can use! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of creative ways to use strawberries, like this easy Strawberry Salsa recipe. It’s super quick to prepare and made with basic ingredients.
This week of pie recipes begins with an old-fashioned, yet new to me, Oatmeal Pie. I’ve had quite a hankering for a good oatmeal cookie for about a week now which made me wonder about making an oatmeal pie. I did a quick search for Oatmeal Pie, and of course it exists. What combination of food doesn’t?
One of my favorite treats of all time has to be a Chocolate Caramel Apple. I’ve never much cared for a candy apple, and a caramel apple, while certainly a delicious combination, has always been a little to messy for my liking. But dip a caramel apple in chocolate and something magical happens. I don’t know what it is, but it’s magic, man. The chocolate seals the gooey caramel in and combines with an excellent crunchy apple to create flavor perfection in my book.
Cherries are perfect for so many different dishes. I was tempted to go with a summery cobbler or crisp, since they’re always nice with fresh fruit, but I’ve been trying to keep things on the lighter side and simple, so I decided on a using them in a Roasted Cherry Parfaits that could be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert or as a snack.
In an effort to slim down some recipes, in order to slim down, I made a lighter pie perfect for the summer heat: a Frozen Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Pie. This pie couldn’t be easier. A few simple ingredients + a few simple steps = a few simple calories (approximately 300 calories for 1/8 of a pie). And it can be made way in advance for parties, then thawed in the fridge until desired consistency before serving.
This Strawberry Tart had been hanging around in the back of my mind for a while, so a few weeks ago I thought I’d see if it would work. Plus with a little too much puff pastry in the freezer that has accumulated from the holidays, it was the perfect excuse to give it a go. The pastry was thawed, the edges turned up, and sliced strawberries were spread across the pastry.
My Aunt Carole has compiled two cookbooks featuring many family recipes. I found Uncle Bobby’s recipe for Banana Pudding in one of them while hunting for something else. I forgot what I was looking for and happily settled on this instead, Uncle Bobby’s Banana Pudding. My fifteen year old daughter got wind of what was being made and pretty much took charge, working through the recipe herself.