Where to Get Leaf Lard

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Where to Get Leaf Lard It’s been a while since I’ve written about leaf lard so it’s time to rectify that. I think leaf lard just might be the magic elixir of pie making. It can take a really good pie crust recipe and make it world class exceptional. Pie makers have prized it for centuries and for good […]

Pie is a Guilt Free Food

Pies (photo by Rebekah Denn)

Are there foods that should be guilt free…special foods and dishes that we should simply enjoy? That’s a conversation I had with Tom Douglas recently. When it is pie, I definitely think so. Tom agreed. When it is a homemade pie, I don’t think there’s even a question. Pie, one made from scratch, takes some […]

Plain Pie Crust

White House Cookbook (1898)

I’ve made a lot of pies to arrive at the lard and butter crust I make now. Many times I’ve heard myself say that the ratio of flour to fats as well as the kind of fats must have been figured out before. I mean, it’s just a pie. Right? You bet. And here’s the […]