Grandma’s Cast Iron Skillet Apple Pie


My grandmother passed away yesterday morning.  She was in her nineties and had the privilege of being entirely herself right up until the end.  She outlived every expectation of her doctors (stubborn to the end!) and got to die at home surrounded by family.  We should all be so lucky. Grandma was a smart cookie.  I got such joy out of telling Grandma stories.  “My ninety year old Grandma has gmail, and she gchats and reads my blog!” was a sentence I often uttered.  I’ve met many wonderful people thanks to this blog, but I’m extra grateful for how the … Continue reading

Grilled Cheese with Sharp Cheddar, Apples and Whole Grain Mustard


So I’ve written about this sandwich before.  But really, it merits a second entry.  It was one of my very first blog posts, and I wasn’t even attempting to take food pictures at that point.  Plus, it’s been nearly a year, and I still look forward to this sandwich. It’s super simple to make, but incredibly satisfying.  I press it on a Foreman grill, but you could definitely butter the outside and grill it like a more typical grilled cheese. Simply slice up some of the sharpest cheddar cheese you can find, and half an apple (I always eat the … Continue reading

Individual Apple Pies with Puff Pastry


Here’s that simple apple pie recipe I was talking about to use up your extra puff pastry.  I adore apple pie.  My grandmother in Vermont makes the very best apple pie. (I’m not biased at all.  I’ve eaten a LOT of apple pie!)  In elementary school, we had to write spelling sentences , one for each spelling word.  I remember the week that “best” was a spelling word because my sentence was “My grandmother makes the best apple pie in the whole world.”  My teacher wrote on my paper “No, my mother makes the BEST apple pie.”  That started an … Continue reading