Happy Pi(e) Day: Cranberry Pie

Cranberry Pie. Pie in the WoodsAs I’m sure you know since you’re online, today is Pi Day in honor of our favorite number.  I was originally planning to bake a special pie for the day, but the holiday sneaked up on me so I’m using this recipe from my backlog.  Besides, I’m not great at making things pretty, so go admire some other great pi pies, and just pretend my pie is similarly awesome. Continue reading

Post-Thanksgiving Post: Ginger-Orange Cranberry Sauce

Molded Ginger-Orange Cranberry Sauce: Pie in the Woods

Did everyone have a tasty (and overly filling) Thanksgiving?  Good.

Since I became a vegetarian, Thanksgiving has lost a lot of its charm.  We always gathered at my Grandma’s house, and like a good Iowa farm-wife, she offered three (count ’em three!) kinds of meat: capon, beef, and ham.  In addition there were mashed potatoes (which I’ve never liked, yes, I do know that this makes me a freak of nature), salad, cranberries, rolls, spinach balls (the best part!), and funeral casserole – a vegetable casserole so-named because a friend of my grandmother always brought it to funerals.  As you can see, limited options for me, although I never was as uncomfortably full as the rest of my family.

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