A La Mood

September 7, 2010

My favorite time of day is cocktail hour. Not only because of the cocktails, conversation and anticipation of dinner, but because of the lighting mood:

Shadows, shadows everywhere

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This house in particular has excellent shadows come 5PM

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But don’t forget the cocktails!

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Dinner tonight did indeed involve bourbon. And cinnamon. And APPLES!

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Local Pork with an Apple Bourbon Sauce + Hazelberry Green Beans

[Please read the rest of this post in a Southern colonial’s accent!]

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The pork we acquired from the market and it was local, pasture-raised and very tasty.

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Matt pan-seared them in a pan of canola oil so they had an excellent crust.

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I was in charge of the apple “sauce”. I cut up 2 big apples into slices and chunks and put them in water on medium heat. You just keep letting the water evaporate and adding more until the apples are nice and soft

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Pouring in heavy hands of bourbon along the way!

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Plus cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. You’ll know it’s ready when you’re ready to eat it!

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The green beans were local too

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We toasted some whole hazelnuts in a dry pan, removed them and chopped them. The beans were then sautéed in a little olive oil and then stirred with cranberries, hazelnuts, salt and pepper when they were tender enough to eat.

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I do declare that food is meant to be enjoyed with alcohol. Seriously, the thought of a glass of water with this meal was so very unappealing. So we cracked open a beer. A taste for me, a pour for him.

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If you thought that was the end of the apples, think again…!

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Pie For Two

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Oh my heavens, two of my very favorites at once!

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Matt made an apple pie for two….or one if you’re extra hungry! He sez:

In making this pie, I tested out some Great Harvest recipes, so unfortunately I can’t share the actual recipes with you!  However, as an example, I found this recipe which I have adapted below for a pint size pie. You can make this in just about any dish – ramekins, mini soufflés, basically anything that’s glass or ceramic.

The crust for the mini pie was made from 1 full-size crust, cut in half.  It was more than enough crust for our dishes (which are about 6″ in diameter).  Here’s an adapted recipe:

Pint Size Pie
  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick cold butter
  • 1/4 c. water
  • dash o’ lemon juice

Mix the dry ingredients together, and then cut in the butter until it incorporates into pea-sized chunks.  Then begin adding your liquids (it’s not a bad idea to use ice cold water) until the dough just barely clumps up.  It should still be barely crumbly.  Refrigerate for at least an hour before shaping.  The whole point of baked goods like pie crusts and biscuits, which are basically in the same family, is that you want the flour to encase little pieces of butter so that when it bakes, you get flaked layers of buttery dough.  So make everything cool and keep those hot hands off of it!

To make the filling, just combine all these ingredients together:

  • 2 c. thinly sliced apples
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Cut the pie crust in half, roll it out, and place in your greased mini-pie container.  To grease mine I took an empty butter wrapper and rubbed it around the inside.  Place your pie crust in the dish, and working quickly make sure it’s evenly distributed.  Pour in the appley mess, and then make your pie topping.  We went with a lattice, but you could do pretty much anything.  I also like the kind that covers the entire top with just a few slits in it.  The internet has lots of videos on how to make a pie top.

Bake at 350* for around 30-40 mins, but don’t be surprised if you have to go much longer.  My thought is you should pretty much bake it just until the crust begins burning, especially if you’re using fresh apples because they’ll need a long bake to break them down.

Happy baking!

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Before we ate pie, we went on a 30 minute walk!! After all, walking  is good for digestion!!

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Wish I could say this was the most delicious pie ever, but sadly, it wasn’t. The crust was a bit tough and the filling a bit flat. But it did taste delicious! And the effort that went in was the best!

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KERF half

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MY GOSH where was the vanilla ice cream!! I almost put my fork down to go buy some on the spot. But I settled for a flute of milk instead.

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When round II of this pie crust makes an appearance later this week, there will be ice cream involved!


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1 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

OMigoodness. You didn’t just do that. Okay, Kath. I think you are finally convincing me that Autumn is okay with all of these pumpkin, squashes, and apple delicacies.


2 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

The apple bourbon sauce looks amazing, as does the pork. YUM! And that pie is too cute! :) I want you to make me dinner please. :)


3 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Uhm WOW! I don’t know which looks better – the pork or the baby apple pies!! Makers Mark is one of my all time favorites, but I like it with gingerale in a mixed drink… never tried cooking with it!


4 Wendy @ Seriously Sassy September 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Yeah, that pie is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.


5 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

That mini pie is the cutest thing EVER!! Oh I love it and it makes me happy for fall :)

The rest of your meal looked pretty incredible as well… Now I’m hungry again! YUM!


6 Erin September 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Yum! I LOVE autumn and this just sums up the reasons — apples and cinnamon. I’ve been making tons of apple products lately to use up my farm finds and applesauce is next on the list. So far: apple pancakes, apple muffins and stewed apples. 😀


7 Evan Thomas September 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I love the dinner/dessert theme. And that is a mighty impressive pie!


8 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

That pie is adorable! And your apple sauce looks realllly good. I may have to try that because it sounds like I cannot mess it up!


9 Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

That pie is adorable!!! It’s super cute AND looks like it tastes amazing too 😉


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

What an incredible dinner!! Living in Virginia… there’s something about eatin’ on the porch with an amazing meal and a bit of booze :) Soooo good!

Nite :)


11 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Such a cute apple pie for two!! Too bad the crust wasn’t 100% there..but like you said, it was still delicious at least!


12 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

That pie is so pretty! It makes up for the taste. :)


13 Tina September 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

What a fabulous fall meal!!! You guys sure are finding excellent ways to use up those apples. 😀


14 Kristy @ KristyRuns.com September 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Cutest. Pie. Ever. It wasn’t perfect the first time around, but I’m willing to see y’all make a few more attempts to get it juuuust right. 😉 As long as you share your secrets, of course!


15 [email protected] September 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Yep, you’re doing the impossible…making me excited for Autumn! So many Fall foods and flavors in one meal! Beautiful. :-)


16 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman September 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

That is the CUTEST little pie I’ve ever seen! And LOVE the milk to go with it of course:)


17 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Love those green beans. That pie is the cutest pie, sorry it wasn’t the best.


18 Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers September 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I love our OMB glasses :-) They’re such a perfect size!

So sad I wasn’t able to come down with Justin this weekend. Hopefully we can meet up some time in October or December when we’re close by again!


19 Wei-Wei September 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Fall fall fall fall fall fall fall fall falllllllllllllllllllllll. Oh my gosh. I love fall.


20 Chelsey September 7, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Yum!!!! How delicious! Your green beans look so “fallish”!


21 notyet100 September 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

i always enjoy reading ur post ,they make me feel so happy


22 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

GORGEOUS DINNER!!! and i did read it with a southern accent too!


23 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

oh my. I might just need to make the husband and me a similar meal – pork and apple pie??? What’s better than that???


24 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

That looks like the most amazing meal ever – especially all of the apple parts! That pie is the cutest little pie I’ve ever seen! I want one!


25 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

All these apple posts are totally helping me get over my sadness about summer ending and instead I am totally excited for apples and fall :)


26 Colleen September 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I love apple season. Your baby apple pie is adorable!


27 [email protected] September 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

That pork with that sauce.. looks AMAZING. I love how you are incorporating apples in every dish. Guess you took home alot from the recent apple picking!


28 Laura (Starloz) September 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm

ohh apples are so delicious & those beans look just incredible.


29 Ariffa September 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

ahh how beautiful was your dinner! loovely. I am however sad to report that our dinner twinnishness has come to an end, I had eggs =P


30 Heather September 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

aahh! how cute is your pie! love it!
That is als my favorite time of day. we have big windows in our bedroom and in the late afternoon we get great natural lighting in there and I love it!


31 kate September 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Milks a good ice cream substitute but its still not the same!


32 megs September 7, 2010 at 8:58 pm

love it! What a gorgeous meal.


33 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm

This is the cutest post of all time. Makes me want to drink sweet tea on the plantation!! The apple pie is adorable too :)


34 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

That pie is too cute!!!!


35 Faith @ lovelyascharged September 7, 2010 at 9:08 pm

This whole post looks FAB! I can’t wait for brown sugar and apple oats!


36 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 7, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I love your dinner! It looks lovely. And the pie, even if it didn’t taste the best, looks freakin adorable. I love the basketweave top :)


37 Stacey September 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Yummo! Love the shadows and the dinner involving bourbon and apples 😀 The southern accent gave it a nice little twist too!


38 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 7, 2010 at 9:26 pm

That may, in fact, be the best meal I have ever seen!


39 Rebekah @ Rebeltarian September 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

That pie is adorable…too bad it didn’t taste great…


40 Liza @ Health Nutting September 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

:) That pie is so cute!!! And looks so professional and delicious! I agree, apple pie is intended to be served with vanilla ice cream!


41 Hannah September 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Just so you know, if I ever have kids, I’m calling my firstborn Hazelberry 😀


42 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

ooooh how wonderful!
And we had pork for dinner last night too! I served with a ‘warm cabbage salad’ cooked with seame oil, garlic, ginger, tamari, lemon juice and coriander. A tasty combination!


43 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey September 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Your dinners are always so awesome, Kath! That pie is so cute; what a great idea of Matt’s!


44 katie September 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

did you use regular whole wheat flour, or whole wheat pastry flour? I wonder if using whole wheat pastry flour would result in a lighter crust for you guys.


45 Kath September 8, 2010 at 8:24 am

All we had in the house was WW, but I agree pastry would be better!


46 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm

LOL, I imagined the post from that caveat on with the southern colonial accent 😆 Apple goes SO well with pork, YUM! Those chops looked flavorful.

That pie is adorable! Love the weaving on top. :)



47 christina cadden September 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

mmm, it all looks so good!


48 Krystina September 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

That sauce and the green beans sound so amazing and autumnal.


49 Rosie September 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Try whole wheat pastry flour for your pie crust. It has less gluten so won’t be as tough as your regular ww crust did. Just my 2 cents… :-)


50 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 7, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Sorry it wasn’t the “best pie ever.” There seemed to be a lot of room in the crust. I’m sure he’ll get it right next time. It doesn’t feel like fall yet to me. I can’t imagine cooking apple for dinner. Not quite yet!


51 Cara Craves... September 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm

That’s the cutest little pie!


52 Katie @ peacebeme September 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Cocktail hour is my favorite time of day too! It’s the only time I can relax (and not just because of the cocktail! 😉 ). I usually skip through a lot of the food pics, but my boyfriend would love this recipe – he loves his bourbon!


53 erica September 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm

oooh. the apple pie for 2 looks so cute and delicious!


54 Camille September 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm

That pie is adorable!
You guys always make the most beautiful, gourmet looking meals!
Mad props!


55 Danielle September 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Hi Kath, I love your blog…I was wondering if you had any idea when the 2011 date and location for Healthy Living Summit would be posted? Keep blogging! I check it relgiously : )


56 Kath September 8, 2010 at 8:24 am

We haven’t even thought about it yet! Don’t worry – you have time.


57 [email protected] September 7, 2010 at 11:12 pm

That entire meal looks incredible! That apple pie is by far the cutest pie I have ever seen :) You got me in the mood for some apples, yum!


58 Katherine September 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Yum! That meal looks so insane and delicious. I firmly believe that there is nothing that Maker’s Mark cannot make more delicious!


59 Lesley September 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

The pie looks amazing!


60 Mimi September 8, 2010 at 12:05 am

I love that shadowy time, but I’m sad to think it will come at 3 p.m., not 5 p.m. in a few weeks! Urg. If you get time, check out my Bondi Band giveaway tomorrow!


61 Elise September 8, 2010 at 12:22 am

that pie is so adorable that i’m almost not sure i’d be able to eat it. emphasis on the almost, because i’m pretty sure it’d be gone in the blink of an eye!


62 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 8, 2010 at 1:24 am

I would have guessed your favorite time of day to be morning/breakfast/oat time.

What an adorable pie – mmm! fall <3


63 Marina September 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

I tried pork with cherries, and dried fruit, and I can’t wait to make this recipe with apples.
The idea with green beans is also amazing.


64 Heidi - apples under my bed September 8, 2010 at 2:15 am

dinner = wow, amazing! love the idea of making the apples like that to have with pork
dessert = so so pretty :) shame it wasnt the best, but oh well
Heidi xo


65 Little Bookworm September 8, 2010 at 4:08 am

Love the apple pie – it looks great! :)


66 Kori September 8, 2010 at 4:38 am

Your dinner looks AWESOME, and your apple pie looks so adorable! I also love the shadows. :) I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday!


67 Gree September 8, 2010 at 5:17 am

What a great looking meal, I love the addition of the bourbon to the applesauce, I bet it adds a deeper flavor. And that pie was adorable!


68 Lauren September 8, 2010 at 5:21 am

This lovely meal makes me crave fall weather! Everything about it just screams autumn to me. I especially love the apple pie for two. I just posted a recipe for individual peanut butter cheesecakes, and there’s just something about a mini pie or cake that makes me happy :).


69 Simply Life September 8, 2010 at 5:53 am

wow, that meal looks amazing and like you could easily spend a ton on it in a restaurant – nice work!


70 Nicole, RD September 8, 2010 at 6:42 am

Had me fooled…sure looks like the best apple pie ever! What a perfect size :) Cute!!


71 Kelly September 8, 2010 at 6:44 am

Did Matt put bourbon in the pie crust? Brad made apple pie once from a Alton Brown recipe that called for apple brandy. I agree with you about the vanilla ice cream. Apple pie a la mode is the absolute best!


72 Kath September 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

No, but that sounds amazing


73 Laura (spokesnoats September 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

Boy, you two really know how to make every day special :) I am inspired!


74 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 8, 2010 at 7:02 am

What a cute little pie! And the dinner looks delicious! I think pork will be on the menu soon :-)

Yah for fall!!


75 Astrid September 8, 2010 at 7:03 am

The little pies just zoomed up to the top of my weekend baking list. I’ve been looking for more 100% wheat recipes for the family and this fits the bill. I use my Vitamix to quickly process wheat kernels into flour and continue on with a recipe – it doesn’t get much fresher. Does Matt grind his own wheat at home?


76 Kath September 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

He doesn’t, but I didn’t realize you could make it in the vita-mix. Sure would be fresh1


77 Astrid September 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

You’ll need to use the speical dry grinding container for wheat and oat kernels, not the t regular smoothie container…we bought the whole shebang a few weeks ago and I’ve used both containers almost daily for wet and dry purposes.


78 Mom September 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

Love the rug! Pie is darling.


79 Whitney September 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

I can’t decide which looks better, the pie or the pork. Good thing you ate both!! Apple pies are quite possibly the best part of Fall.


80 RhodeyGirl Tests September 8, 2010 at 7:09 am

I was about to say that ice cream would definitely make the pie better, but you beat me to it!

I DID read all of this post with the accent you suggested, and it was just LOVELY, dahling!


81 Kath September 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

yay :)


82 [email protected] September 8, 2010 at 7:10 am

That meal looks amazing. You two are so gourmet! And Matt is the most impressive husband ever :-)


83 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

You know it’s a legit recipe when there’s Maker’s Mark involved. 😉


84 Rachel S September 8, 2010 at 8:20 am

Looks like an amazing meal! I love any kind of cooked apples, so that sauce looks delicious. The mini apple pie is so cute! It’s too bad it didn’t quite live up to expectations. But now you’ve inspired me to start baking with apples again!


85 Cathy Breit September 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

Dinner looks amazing..(as usual:)) Just wanted to say that I have a small artisan baking and pastry business…so if you have any questions about pastry don’t be afraid to shoot me an email! :)


86 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

Ah! Your dinner looks so wonderful! And I can tell the produce is starting to transition into the fall. I love it! I love fall recipes!


87 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

Your dinner makes me want to start eating pork again! It’s such a perfect fall meal!


88 Meaghan September 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

that pie looks amazing! yummm!


89 diana @ i can eat, can't i? September 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

hiiii, first time commenting here! your little pie is way too cute to eat it !!! vanilla ice cream would have made this whole thing complete!!


90 Janna L September 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Hi Kath, I am a new(er) reader from Dillon, MT and I was wondering about how you infuse milk into your food routine. I haven’t noticed (at least in the last month) too many milk additions with the exception of the above mention of ice cream and a glass of milk with your pie.
My husband and I drink A LOT of skim milk (sometimes almost 2 gallons a week). He likes his with chocolate syrup – mine goes down the shoot plain and white.

Just wondering your opinion on milk and the benifits of drinking it versus soy or rice (or almond?) milk.


91 Kath September 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Dillon MT!! Are you related to Great Harvest at all? We came to Dillon last fall for our discovery day and we will be back for 3 weeks sometime next year!

I don’t DRINK a lot of milk, but I do cook my oats with it everyday and use it in smoothies or sometimes for cereal. I don’t really drink it because I don’t find it that filling – I’d rather chew my food (just had some milk with a granola bar mashed in for a snack!)

I highly recommend organic/grass-fed milk. I don’t like rice / almond milk because there isn’t much protein in them so they’re more like water to me, but I like their taste OK. Soy is the best comparable to cows milk and I get it on occasion because I like the taste of the vanilla kind. But ultimately cow’s milk (organic) is my choice.


92 Janna September 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

Hi Kath (just getting back to you after a mini-vacation) –
I am not “related” to the corporate office for Great Harvest, but I did work at the Great Harvest in Billings, MT for 20 of the best months of my life. I call those the “full” months in my life since we got a free loaf of bread each week and all the left over scones. My favorite breads: Dakota and Cheesy Potato. :) My husband is student teaching in Dillon and I am working with at-risk youth at Youth Challenge Academy. I read your blog every morning after sorting emails in the morning; I appreciate your candor about food and your honesty with portions. As a “once bitten” member of Weight Watchers I know how important portion control is.
Thanks for the info on milk. I know it’s important but I am trying to figure out how to infuse it without just drinking it! you gave me some great ideas!


93 whitney September 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

this post is indescribable.

Honestly I say this all the time your food is amazing. I would eat at your restaurant every night.

I’m jealous of your lifestyle’s!!


94 jamie @ jamelafamela September 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

that pie looks perfect! I can’t believe that was handmade!


95 Tammy September 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I have tried many different whole wheat pie crust recipes and this is by far THE BEST it is flaky and yummy just like a reg. one – I use Trader Joe’s White Whole Wheat Four – or grind my own any way try it out: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/blueberry-pie-with-a-twist-recipe
I have never used the buttermilk powder 😉


96 Sana September 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

That pie must be the most adorable thing I have ever seen! Your house has some really awesome shadows!!


97 Ryane September 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Haha, when you said to read in a colonial southern accent, I couldn’t help but think of this SNL skit: http://www.hulu.com/watch/4109/saturday-night-live-colonel-angus-comes-home

If Matt hasn’t already seen this…. well then it’s a must.



98 Kath September 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

OH. MY. GOSH. HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


99 Maggie September 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Omg. Kath, that little pie. I. DIE.


100 Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen September 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I am making almost the exact same dinner tonight except substitute the green beans for some slow cooked cabbage! Yum!


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