Seasonal Sundays (Week 11) Spring Pies & Tarts

Spring is as much a state of mind as a season ... so let me tempt your tastebuds with seven easy pies and tarts that evoke robins and spring baseball and Easter dresses and ... and ... but leave plenty of time to step outside for a deep breath of cherry blossoms or the sound of spring peepers. Here's my promise, there's at least one that's going to call to you over the next few weeks as spring emerges at its own pace. Just make it!

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

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It's a big week coming up, Pi Day on Tuesday, St. Urho's Day on Thursday, St. Patrick's Day on Friday. But who has time for all that?

So this week I selected seven pies that will carry us through spring, strawberry, rhubarb but also lemon and coconut and a few surprises.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: An iconic photo, learning how to roll out a pie crust, wondering how (if) how all of you learned to do this. Moms and grandmoms? Are you passing along this skill?

In Praise Of ...

Made Me Think ...

  • Habit Stacking & Why Does Your Brain Like It So Much Does absolutely everything start in the brain? Without realizing, I've been habit-stacking my night routine. Our doctor has recommended a hit of protein before bed to prevent hand cramps during the night and it really works. (And no wonder why we so appreciate this physician ... ) I've come to love-love-love that cup of Greek yogurt so use it as an incentive to finish cleaning the kitchen (counters too, AK!) and record notes from the day's cooking and most of all, decide what's for dinner tomorrow. Wow, what a difference, all thanks to stacking things I'd usually procrastinate (or never do) atop something I rarely forgo.

  • Covid Revisionism from Katelyn Jetelina aka Your Local Epidemologist. Take Away: Can we please have a serious conversation about the pandemic and how to prepare for the future? Our lives depend on it.

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Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION: Seven Pies & Tarts for Spring

Fresh Strawberry Pie ♥, with a homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust, cool, light and refreshing. Only 200 Calories. Weight Watchers Friendly. Make It Today, Serve It Tomorrow. Low Cal. Low Carb.

Lemon Meringue Pie ♥, a long-time favorite in the South and Midwest. Not too sweet, not too sharp, a classic.

Coconut Cream Pie ♥, how to move grown men to silence. Super fast to make.

Perfect All-Rhubarb Pie ♥, a summer masterpiece and a perfect balance of sweet and tart and cinnamon.

Blueberry Cheesecake Pie ♥, a press-in almond crust, no-bake cheesecake filling plus homemade blueberry pie filling.

Last-Minute Pantry Pie ♥, just five ingredients, all from the pantry, excellent with both canned fruit and fresh fruit. Just Five Ingredients Plus a Crust. Fresh & Flexible. Crowd Pleaser. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special.

Easy-Easy Jam Tart ♥, food processor press-in crust + jam = an amazing tart in 15 minutes!

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Finnish Fruit Tart (RahkaPiirakka) ♥, here with blueberries, also try golden raisins, cherries, rhubarb and more. One Bowl. Press-in Crust. Super Easy.
  • THE RECIPE Finnish Fruit Tart For blueberries, raisins, lingonberries, sweet & sour cherries, rhubarb and more ...
  • THE BITE-SIZE VERSION Mini Blueberry Tarts With a "pop" of fresh blueberry right in the middle.


Dang spammers. But I've turned comments back on because I miss hearing from y'all!

Our Daily Bread: My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe ♥, the one I make again and again, every few days. It's an easy bread to make often, to fit into small spaces of your cooking life.
  • "I haven't found a recipe as good as yours." ~ Barb from Minnesota
  • Truth here, Barb is the talented visual artist at Barb Kellogg Photography and yes, we're related! But her compliment meant the world because it's not been so long since Barb needed coaching to replace dusty old flour just to make pancakes. She's come a long ways since! She and her husband just wanted good bread so she started baking whole-grain breads and loved the flexibility of my recipe, below. When they later switched to a plant-based diet, they learned how much cooking that entails. At the moment, she's also switching to gluten-free and it warmed my heart (for the recipe, not for her) that the bread recipes she's worked with are not satisfying that yen for bread in the way my bread did. She's still on the hunt, the difficulty is that so many gluten-free yeast-bread recipes lean on eggs for structure and eggs don't fit the vegan diet. If anyone has solved this problem, even with one of those "packets" of bread to bake vs a recipe, she'd love to know!
  • THE RECIPE Our Daily Bread: My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe An easy, European-style bread I make every few days.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Easy Everyday Bread for the Stand Mixer Better bread, no kneading by hand!

Looking Ahead ...

  • Fridays During Lent - Friday Fish
  • March 12 - time change today!
  • March 14 - Pi Day
  • March 16 - St. Urho's Day
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 20 - First Official Day of Spring
  • April 9 - Easter
Friday Fish ♥, a collection of simple fish recipes for easy dinners.
  • THE COLLECTION Kitchen Parade's Fish Recipes, many Quick Suppers, many healthy meals.
  • AND ANOTHER Kitchen Parade's Seafood Recipes including shrimp, oysters, lobster, crab.

Recipes for St. Patrick's Day ♥, including green food.

Easter Ideas & Recipes ♥, from Hot Cross Buns to Twice-Smoked Ham.

Looking Back ...

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Mini Porcupine Meatballs, another Quick Supper ♥, a retro recipe updated for contemporary tastes. Low Carb. High Protein. Cheap Eats.
  • THIS WEEK This is the sleeper recipe of Winter 2023! We both love the mini meatballs and the sauce (usually spaghetti sauce or a doctored can of tomato soup) is super simple. This week I used a random can of chicken and rice soup, which at first seemed like it might be too rice-on-rice so I tucked in a can of green beans. It turned out kinda like a meatball casserole. Oh. And this goes extra quick cuz there's no browning the meatballs, they bake in the oven draped in the sauce.
  • THE RECIPE Mini Porcupine Meatballs A retro recipe updated for contemporary tastes.

Just Updated!

Irish Beef Stew ♥, a hearty, beer-rich stew, chunks of sirloin, carrots and potatoes seasoned with caraway.

Irish Soda Bread Muffins ♥, barely sweet, packed with dried fruit and a surprising touch of caraway. Delicious!

Baked Cabbage Wedges ♥, slow-roasted with carrots and onion where they turn dark and toasty, sweet and smoky. Vegan. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Chicken Cacciatore, a classic Italian stew ♥ Winter comfort food slow-cooked in a tomato-wine sauce.

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