the tale of the strawberry rhubarb pie.

First of all – happy Friday, y’all! Second – I promise promise that posts with photos that don’t come from cell phones are coming soon. I just had some good stuff to share and figured you wouldn’t mind poor image quality for just a few more posts. Right? Right.

So, the tale of the strawberry rhubarb pie starts with a glorious, colorful, heaping pile of rhubarb at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. It was calling my name and had to come home with me to fulfill it’s pie destiny.

Once home, I mixed it with sweet strawberries and enveloped it with buttery pie dough. It came out of the oven smelling like actual Heaven, and the only picture I took was this one with my phone:

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This tale takes a turn for the worse when I realized we had dinner/evening plans every night this week – thus rendering the consumption of the whole pie impossible. (Note: this is probably a good thing. For my thighs.)

Things started to look up when Jeff offered to take the pie to his coworkers – hooray! – someone will be able to enjoy this delicious pie and the effort won’t have been for naught. (Is that a double negative? Does it even make sense? I don’t know.)

The pie took its trip to work with Jeff today and it was a huge success. Hilarity ensued (I’m talking to you, mysterious @HalloweenHotSce), “somebody called somebody about the pie”, and my life has forever been made. A first-hand account from Jeff (completed with photos) and a recipe for said pie below!

jeff’s first-hand account of the strawberry rhubarb pie:
Got here late, had a meeting at 10. My entire team is either vacation or working from home, so I put it in the big break room with a sign.

Come back to this 2 hours later…

Pie at KCP

While I am checking it, get 2 comments:

  • “Hell Yea”
  • “Kiss the Chef for me”

Up close sign comment someone took the time to type out and print!

rave review of pie

Then, I get this IM 10 minutes ago…

IMing about pie

So now, without further ado, the recipe for the strawberry rhubarb pie!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


1 recipe for double pie crust (I LOVE this one)
3 1/2 cups (about 1 1/2 pounds, untrimmed) rhubarb, cut in 1/2″ slices
3 1/2 cups (about 1 pound) strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Roll out half of pie dough into a 12-inch circle and transfer to a 9-inch pie dish. (You can always use this little trick to make things easier.)

Stir together all ingredients (except egg wash) in a large bowl. Place the mixture into your rolled-out bottom crust. Next, roll out your top crust and cut a decorative shape, if desired. This is your chance for creativity – don’t mess it up. Just kidding, but you do have to make some sort of cut so that the pie can vent. Transfer your masterpiece to the pie, then do your best to trim the excess and pinch the sides together. (Clearly I skipped class the day we learned this skill.)

Transfer the pie to a baking sheet so there aren’t any nasty spills in your oven, then whisk the egg yolk with the water and gently brush the mixture over dough. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce oven to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until the pie is golden brown and you can see the beautiful juices bubbling away.

Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool. This will take at least an hour or two, but by then the filling will be nice and thick. 

Hope you enjoyed this never-ending post!

Love you long time!

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meyer lemon bars.

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During an average week, Jeff and I cook dinner at home three or four nights. It sounds daunting, especially since we both have full-time jobs and a spry little dachshund who needs his daily walks.

The key for us is planning the week’s menu ahead of time (I mentioned this in my last post!). When you write your recipes out on paper, it’s easier to find common ingredients and ways to incorporate leftovers (a roasted chicken at the beginning of the week means stock for soup on night and meat for enchiladas another). Additionally, organizing your grocery list in order of your market’s aisles will Change. Your. Life. Seriously, do it.

Sometimes, however, I still go to the store with absolutely no ideas, no planning, no list of any sort. It usually still results in some delicious meals, but always results in a ton of aimless wandering…and some sort of indulgent dessert.

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A while back, I roamed the nearby Whole Foods with nary a recipe nor list, awestruck with all the colorful vegetable and fruits. When I passed a display of meyer lemons, I put two in my basket without even thinking about it. They were priced 2 for however much and they were bright and pretty and I couldn’t resist.

Luckily, when I got home and set out to find the perfect recipe for them, I found an already earmarked dessert from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook for Whole Lemon Bars.

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(I didn’t have a square baking dish – things still worked out.)

These were the easiest thing to make – they came together in an hour and the only things I had to clean were my food processor, some measuring cups and a spatula. Also, the recipe uses the whole lemon, peel, pith and all, so you can feel good about that.

They are not, however, the most healthy dessert you’ll ever encounter. You’ll need two sticks of butter – one for the shortbread-like crust and one for the filling. Cut the squares small, share them with friends and eat a salad for dinner (or not), it’ll be okay.

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Would you be interested in more info about how we plan our meals for the week and get organized to go grocery shopping? Lemme know in the comments!

Meyer Lemon Bars
adapted slightly from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook


for the crust:
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into chunks

for the filling:
1 small/medium meyer lemon
1 cup sugar (1 1/3 if using regular lemon)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into chunks
4 eggs
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
powdered sugar (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take an 8” square baking pan (or a round cake pan…whatever) and line with two overlapping pieces of parchment paper. Make sure they’re a few inches longer/wider than your pan so that the edges hanging out of the pan can be used to pull the lemon bars out once they’re cooled. Spray the paper with cooking spray.

crust: Blend flour, sugar and salt together in bowl of a large food processor. Add butter and pulse until mixture looks powdery, but if you pinch it holds its shape.

Turn the dough crumbs out into the prepared baking pan and press dough evenly to cover the bottom of the pan. Prick the dough all over with a fork, then bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and set on cooling rack. Leave oven on.

filling: If you’re using a regular lemon, start by cutting it in half and examining the rind. If the white part (pith) is wider than 1/4”, remove the skin from half the lemon and discard before proceeding. If it is thinner than 1/4 inch, leave as is. Also make sure to increase the sugar to 1 1/3 cups!

Cut your lemon halves into thin rings and toss the seeds. Put the lemon slices in the bowl of the food processor and add the sugar. Process until the lemon is thoroughly pureed, about 2 minutes.

Add the butter and run the machine until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs, cornstarch, and salt and pulse until everything is well combined.

Pour the lemon mixture over the crust and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is just set. It should only wiggle a little bit.

Let the pan cool completely either on a wire rack. Use the parchment paper ‘sling” to carefully remove the bars from the pan and place on a cutting board. Dust with powdered sugar, then cut into 16 squares (or square-ish shapes if you use a round pan like I did!)

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Whether you plan ahead or not, I hope you have a week (and weekend) full of deliciousness!


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how to get excited for salad.

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One of my favorite things about planning meals for the week ahead is that I have all day to look forward to whatever is on the calendar for that night. Seriously y’all…even right after I’ve eaten breakfast, I’m thinking about lunch and what’s gonna be for dinner. #notashamed

The weird thing is - every time a salad is on the schedule, I struggle to get excited for it. By the end of the day I’m usually ready to throw in the towel and change the plan for the night to something that sounds a little more exciting.

The good news is, I have three super easy ways to make your salad the best thing you’ve had all week. Do these and next thing you know, you’ll be chatting up your cubicle mate about the amazing salad you’re about to have for dinner and he/she will look at you like you’re crazy. It’ll be great.

  1. Using colorful toppings – the more color you add to your salad, the better it will look (and taste – it’s a proven fact!). You don’t have to use veggies you don’t like, but try and get creative. I never thought I would like blueberries on a salad until I tried it.
  2. Make a homemade dressing – making your own salad dressing is easy and way healthier! All you need is some fat – like olive oil, plus acidity – like vinegar or citrus juice, and seasoning – salt, pepper, fresh herbs, etc. You’ll be shocked at how bright and delicious homemade dressings taste when compared to store-bought. (See 5 basic salad dressing recipes here and some fancy recipes if you’ve already delved into DIY dressings)
  3. Toss it all together - Every salad should be a tossed salad. End of story. I haaaaaate when it’s impossible to get everything (in a salad, a burger, a wrap, you name it) in one bite. I want all my flavors to mingle, especially when it comes to salad. To do this, measure out enough lettuce and toppings for however many people are eating, then put everything in a large bowl and toss it all together. Do this right before eating, especially the dressing which, if it sits, can make the salad/toppings soggy. 

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One of my favorite salads for this time of year is this Summertime Chopped Salad by Jessica from How Sweet It Is. It has BACON and CHEESE and AVOCADO so you know it’s legit.

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Happy salad-ing!


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