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Pretend Apple Pie


I received this recipe in an email from a baker who once worked at Deer Valley. The note says that this is a really great pie that tastes just like apple pie but you use zucchini instead and no one can tell it’s not apple!! I couldn’t resist posting it. Though there was no zucchini in our box this week I am sure it won’t be hard to find.
5-6 cups zucchini, peeled, seeded, and sliced
2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate
1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix  zucchini and remaining ingredients together and put into an unbaked pie shell.
Top with a second crust or a streusel crumb topping.
Bake 45 to 60 minutes or just like you would an apple pie.

Homemade Easy Basil Walnut Pesto

Stashing containers of easy basil walnut pesto is the most squirrel-like getting-ready-for-winter thing I do. If our CSA farm share box comes with basil–I pull out the food processor and whip up a batch of pesto. It doesn’t take long–the work is in stripping the basil leaves off the stems. Once the pesto is made, I scrape it into small jars or plastic tubs and pop them into the freezer. Then, all winter long, if we want basil pesto for pasta or pizza or soup, we head to the freezer.

Easy Basil Walnut Pesto | Letty's Kitchen

We use basil walnut pesto as sauce on pasta for sure, but that’s not all. Winter soups love the extra flavor bump from a dollop of pesto. When a recipe calls for fresh herbs, in goes a tablespoon of basil pesto instead. Basil pesto spread over the dough is a great beginning for fabulous pizza. In the middle of winter, a dollop of garlicky basil walnut pesto brings a summer punch to most anything.
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All Red Potatoes and Breakfast for Dinner

Robbie's All Red Potatoes with Tofurky Sausage

Robbie’s All Red Potatoes with Tofurky Sausage

Last week, when I got home from work late one evening, my honey had breakfast for dinner waiting in the oven. All Red Potatoes with Tofurky Sausage, dribbled with creamy goat cheese, warm and waiting. All Reds aren’t ordinary red-skinned potatoes; they are all red, that is red both inside and out.
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Robbie’s Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

This is a recipe for cabbage coleslaw, but a story about tacos. Robbie’s fish tacos with cabbage slaw.

Last Saturday my niece Tricia married her sweetheart JP, at their friends’ gorgeous estate in the Malibu hills of Southern California. Everyone in my very extended family was there as witnesses to their union, plus 150 more guests.
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My Mom’s Potato Salad

There are a whole lot of potato salad recipes out there. Cookbooks and blogs and magazines and grandma’s 3 x 5-inch recipe cards–everyone’s got their favorite. Here’s how I make my mom’s tangy creamy totally satisfying potato salad–the way she taught me.

Mom knew that potatoes love salt and acidity. So she boiled the potatoes in amply salted water.  Then, while they were still warm, as soon as she could handle them without jumping from the hot steam, she cut them into cubes and tossed with vinaigrette dressing. Continue Reading…