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The Life of Pie: Linda Lomelino Scores a Hit with ‘Lomelino’s Pies’

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Who doesn’t love pie?   My nephew, that’s who! One of my mother’s favorite stories to tell about her grandchildren (and one we never let this particular one forget) is how he asked her if they could make a pie together. My mother really enjoys doing these things with her grandkids and they enjoy it just as much. So on this day, about 13 years ago, my mother set out to bake a pie with her first grandchild. The went to the store together and loaded up their cart with the freshest ingredients including the plumpest, juiciest blueberries, and vanilla ice cream from their favorite ice creamery.  They went home and made the pie from scratch— crust and all. My…

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5 Survival Tips to Get You Through Thanksgiving with Your Nosy Relatives

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means turkey, football and relatives who are w-a-y too nosy. Don’t get me wrong, family time is wonderful. We get to talk to cousins we haven’t seen in a year, see how big our nieces and nephews have grown and laugh about how silly we were when we were kids. But then there’s the times that you show up solo to dinner and the questions start. You know the ones I’m talking about: “Still no special someone?” asks your uncle. “Why aren’t you married yet? You’re so attractive,” suggests the aunt who has no filter. “Are you sure you’re not gay? Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” inquires Mom. And then there’s the grandparents…

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Forget Pie. You’ll Want to Make These Thanksgiving Alternatives from Violet Cakes Bakery

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This may sound like sacrilege, but on Thanksgiving I don’t do pie. That doesn’t mean we don’t have pie; a fantastic local farm kitchen fills that need, but I don’t bake pies. Ever. While I do terrific fillings, the alchemy that results in a tender, flaky crust has always eluded me. Instead, I prefer to tempt guests to save a little room with a dessert they don’t expect. To dazzle them, this year I’m turning to The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak (Ten Speed Press; September 29, 2015). One of the things I love about Ptak’s recipes is her emphasis on flavor over appearance and her judicious use of refined sugar and flour. Like everyone else, my family includes…

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Cold Brew Coffee and Chocolate Cloud Pie to Sweeten Your Weekend

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You can have your coffee and, according to recent news, you can smoke it, too. Although some may be looking for an extra caffeine boost in the form of vaping, I’m an old-fashioned girl. To me, coffee should be kept in liquid form – it does the job just fine that way. In the summertime, I prefer mine in cold brew form, with a side of pie. My first cold brew coffee experience happened three years ago when I went to visit a friend down South. We walked into a coffee shop filled with giant glass chambers where the cold brew coffee materialized in front of us, drip by drip. Looking back on it now, it makes sense that I…

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Hello, American Pie

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Let us now give thanks for pie. As Thanksgiving approaches, pie is much on our minds, especially if we’re the ones planning the menu. Of course we’ll have pumpkin and apple, but what else? Should we add pecan? Pear? Appease the chocoholics with chocolate-hazelnut? Tweak tradition with cranberry-caramel tart? The possibilities are many on this most American of holidays, perhaps because pie is the most American of desserts. A few years ago, my sister biked across country (yes, over the Rockies and across the Great Plains, but that’s another story). Along the way, she told me later, she was struck by the presence of pie on American menus; it was everywhere, and yet each region had its own specialties—more so…

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Pie, like life, isn’t meant to be perfect

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Somewhere on a back road between California and Iowa there’s an RV loaded for pie. It’s being driven by America’s foremost pie evangelist who is crossing America with a couple of furry gourmets to bring people warmth, comfort and healing by the slice. Beth Howard grabbed the nation’s attention with the 2012 release of her book, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie, which told the story of loving and losing her husband, Marcus Iken, and the simple truths illuminated by pie that helped her heal. Born in iconic Attumwah, Iowa (home of Walter “Radar” O’Reilly of M*A*S*H fame) Howard’s love of adventure led her to a career as an outdoor adventure journalist, public relations executive, producer, international…

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