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Beef and Potato Pie

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Last week I had an overwhelming, deep down, serious, emotional need for very simple comfort food. Within minutes the general idea was forming. I wanted a beef and potato casserole of some sort. It had to be easy to make and with very few ingredients. I wanted basic goodness, not a symphonic mass of …click to continue Beef and Potato Pie

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

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I’d be fibbing if I didn’t admit that the spiritual predecessor of these pies is Rebecca Rather’s “All Sold Out Chicken Pot Pies from her exceptional The Pastry Queen.” At this point, they don’t really match up, but hers was the first recipe that made me think that I could …click to continue Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

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I am by no means a vegetarian. The lard in the crust of my tart will give that away fairly readily. But one of my favorite cookbooks is called A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen by Jack Bishop of the Cook’s Illustrated family. There is no deprivation in this book. …click to continue Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Six Onion Tart

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My friend Jon Rowley, who is the person who taught me this pastry dough recipe, albeit for a sweet pie, talks about the incredible advantage gained in an apple pie by using a variety of apples. I decided to use his pastry dough and his diversity theory on an onion tart to see …click to continue Six Onion Tart

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