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I first started writing for Pittsburgh Moms Blog back in 2016. I was a first time mom trying to navigate motherhood of an almost two-year old when I saw the contributor call. I thought it would be so cool to be a part of something bigger than myself. So, I applied and I never thought […]
One of the things I still find myself missing after switching to a primarily vegetarian diet is cheese burgers. I LOVE cheese burgers. I’ve tried a lot of meatless/plant-based alternatives like the Beyond and Impossible burgers hoping to satiate that craving, but they all fell short. Instead of trying to mimic the taste of a real burger, I wanted to try to make something different, but equally as delicious.
The other evening, our 17-year-old son asked for a job application from our local gym. The employee, a female, told him that they are hiring for the children’s room, but he wouldn’t be able to apply because moms don’t trust their kids with a male. She went further, even suggesting to him “You wouldn’t want […]
St. Clair Hospital will be welcoming approximately 125 babies before the month of February draws to a close. Our Family Birth Center has become a premier choice for expecting moms to welcome their babies into the world. And for good reason. “We provide the highest quality of care,” says OB/GYN Michelle L. Harvison, M.D., Chair […]
“I can do it myself!” That quote pretty much sums up nanny life when your child turns three. The attitude reaches new levels of rage and pitch. Let me tell you, the shriek of a toddler is eardrum shattering. My God, the sound! I am honestly shocked that windows haven’t shattered due to the high […]
It’s February and that means Black History month. The par for course is usually daily antidotes about MLK or the many inventions of Black People. Which is great, we need to know these pieces of history that aren’t taught in schools. But, in the grand scheme of things that’s basic and not enough to move […]
Every strawberry rhubarb pie deserves a good story, right?
When I first started making pies ten years ago, it was out of necessity. You see, I needed a hobby–and friends. My husband was active duty military at the time, and we moved far away from home to the sunny state of Arizona.
I was stuck in the apartment all day because we had only one car, and it didn’t matter that it was a dry heat–100 degrees is still too hot to walk anywhere. I was set to be a substitute teacher for the school on post, but the school year was still a month away. I thought making pies would keep me busy and might win us a few friends if I shared it with the neighbors or sent it to work with my husband. So, I grabbed my new Betty Crocker cookbook, a wedding present from my mom, and tried my best.
I made one pie crust from scratch. It was a disaster. Then I remembered hearing Ina Garten say that ready-made pie crusts are honestly just as good as the homemade variety, so that night I headed to the one grocery store in town to get a box. It did the trick. So, yes, I make pies, but I also buy the crust. (Did Ina really say that? Did I misremember? Only she knows the truth.)
A favorite quickly emerged: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. It’s sweet, it’s tart, and most importantly, it’s easy.
Beware of the sugar content though. Some recipes for this type of pie call for up to three cups! I’m not into dumping so much sugar into something that it makes my teeth feel gritty. So, I decided to experiment, which led me to the perfect secret ingredient for strawberry rhubarb pie…
With just a quarter cup of orange juice, I cut the additional sugar down to one cup and enhanced the fresh flavor. You can use whatever brand you have in the refrigerator, but I recommend something that is labeled fresh squeezed and has some pulp.
The result is a ruby red, patriotic, one-of-a-kind pie. Now you’re all set for that Fourth of July party. Let me know what you think!
Is there a food that you need to remind yourself you like? That’s my relationship with chickpeas. For some reason, I always avoid them. I’ll stare at hummus with disgust, then take a bite and remember how much I love it. It’s the same when adding chickpeas to salads and other dishes. I don’t know why my brain doesn’t want my taste buds to enjoy chick peas, but such is life.
I’m trying to avoid those really long novel-esque recipe blog posts. So if you’re interested in why my family is trying to move to a mostly vegetarian diet, you can see that here. Each week I’ll link to my previous meat-free Monday posts.
But without further ado, here’s this week’s recipe!
Traveling is stressful. Flying with a family member who has a food allergy is even more stressful. My son has a Tree Nut allergy and like any food allergy mom I made sure to do my due diligence before we boarded our recent flight. I called the airline to ask about their policy regarding food […]