Incredible Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

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I love apple pie, honestly I love pie, but I hate making pie crust and I think it’s a waste of time.  Its futzy and never turns out great for me – so…confession time…I buy pie crust.  Pillsbury does a completely acceptable job, and it makes throwing a pie together pretty fast.  Generally pie crusts come 2 in a package, so you could make 1 apple pie, or two “one crust pies” like a pumpkin pie and a …….  dutch apple pie!

I don’t eat pumpkin pie – it is too close to pudding consistency – and pudding is against The Food Rules! (capitals and punctuation required)  So at holiday time, I have to make something besides pumpkin pie, but I don’t want an extra pie crust laying around – so I fiddled and faddled around until I came up with this dutch apple pie recipe.  Enjoy!

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Wild Rice, Orzo & Mushroom Pasta

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Yum! I love wild rice – a love that probably traces back to my upbringing in northern Minnesota. My grandpa used to harvest wild rice and we always had it in the pantry. These days it’s a bit harder to find, and more expensive – but it’s SO WORTH IT!

First you must endure a little lesson about wild rice – because it is one of my favorite things. Fact #1 – It’s a grain – not a rice. Fact #2 – It has been found in layers of the earth dated as far back as 12,000 years. It is most definitely an ancient grain.

Fact #3 – Any wild rice that is actually growing wild in Minnesota’s state waters can only be harvested with a permit -and must be harvested the same way the First Nation tribes harvested it years ago. Which is actually a pretty cool process.

I love the flavor of wild rice, but it does take awhile to cook – so plan accordingly – 1 cup of wild rice in about 3-4 cups water cooks in about 45-55 minutes.  If you’ve never made, or eaten, wild rice – this recipe is an amazing intro – it’s easy, flavorful, and good for you.  Get adventurous and trade out the orzo for another ancient grain – maybe faro or barley would be good!Get the Details!

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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I love the concept of cooking once and making multiple meals out of the results.  Putting a pot of marinara in the slow cooker is a great way to quickly put something tasty together, freeze the leftovers, and having at least 4 meals out of the product.

This is a really easy and tasty marinara sauce.  You could put other veggies in it if you like, it’s all to your taste – just consider this your “starter” or “base” to continue on from.  I thaw some of this and serve it over my Lasagne Roll Ups with Kale, use it to make Skillet Lasagne, add meatballs for spaghetti, or even spread it on a pizza crust to enhance a yummy homemade pizza.Get the Details!