• Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce in a pretty container
    Dessert,  Fruit,  Holidays

    Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

    There is something about the smell of apples and cinnamon cooking. The house just smells cozy and on a dreary fall day, that is just the smell I was looking for! Homemade cinnamon applesauce is easy to make and your house will smell wonderful all day long! I used Honeycrisp apples for this batch. They are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add any sugar but there are so many varieties of apples to choose from. If you can’t find Honeycrisp, Macintosh or Ambrosia will work nicely. The US Apple Organization and Washington Apple Commission both have good resources about the different varieties of apples that are commercially available…

  • Local peaches - Perfect for a Rustic Peach Pie
    Dessert,  Pennsylvania

    Local Peaches – Perfect for a Rustic Peach Pie

    There is nothing better than biting into a ripe, juicy, sweet peach on a hot summer day!  While Georgia is “The Peach State” there are delicious peaches grown right here in Pennsylvania. Local peaches are delicious to eat by themselves or are perfect for a rustic peach pie. Most are grown in the middle and South-Eastern part of the state, but there are many orchards in Western Pennsylvania as well.  A trip to the Farmer’s Market, local market, or grocery store, and you will find a good selection this time of year. As a matter of fact, peaches have quite a significant history in this great state.  There was a…

  • Strawberry Pie
    Dessert

    Strawberry Pie

    When I think of summer I think of luscious berries that just burst with juicy sweet flavor when you bite into them. I also think of pie, and a strawberry pie is one of my favorite summer desserts. I’ve struggled with making a good fruit pie recently. I just haven’t been able to get the syrup to thicken right and usually, it ends up being a gloppy mess! I think I cracked the code with this one. Or should I say, America’s Test Kitchen helped me crack the code! This is a take on their recipe. I adapted their recipe a bit, but they helped me get the syrup just…