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The 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. There are many recipes for pasta frolla and different ideas about how to make it. Simona gave us two versions. They have been inspired by those in the book La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiare bene by Pellegrino Artusi (1820-1911). The book was first published in 1891, and is available in English translation as Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well.

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Pecan Pie!

It’s almost Thanksgiving! A day that usually just passes me by here in the West of Ireland because we don’t get the day off (though I sometimes see some specials in the Uni canteen for the visiting American students 🙂 ). A look at the newspapers these days makes you feel that it’s all doom and gloom ahead, and not much to be thankful for at all.

But there’s always something to be happy about, and thankful for! 😀

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The wind is howling outside the office today, and the River Corrib is rising.  Any more rain and the water will be edging towards us! This is comfort food weather. I made this pie last night with some leftover roast chicken, and it was so….damn…..good. Really, I surprised myself. A fabulous way to use up leftover chicken, and any veggies you have lying around could be thrown in: I used some leeks and carrots, but peas and even broccoli would work well. The addition of cream is optional, but, hey, it’s Thursday! 😛
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Tasty Dutch Apple Pie

I’m so behind with my blogging lately!  There’s such a backlog of recipes and photos to add to the blog – college (and eating all the things I’ve been baking!) is taking all my time. Plus we got a new little kitten. She is seriously cute, and now definitely a ‘she’ – the vet confirmed it this morning. And yes, there was some confusion about that for the last week. Heh. To celebrate the arrival of kitty, I made this Dutch Apple Pie.  Any excuse for a celebratory dessert!  We have a huge amount of apples in the back garden – the trees are just laden down with them! We’ve picked all that we can reach without a ladder, so the next job is to get up to the high branches for the rest of the apples. And then we will have far too many apples for two people (and a kitty). Any ideas for preserves involving apples?

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