Real Live Cookbook, Checking The Oil , Appearances, & Easy Pie Crust-Fit For A Pastry Chef!

                Real Live Cookbook, Checking The Oil , Appearances, & Easy Pie Crust-Fit For A Pastry Chef!Olive Oil DessertsOkay, okay….of course there is a little bit of shameless self promotion here…The cookbooks are in the warehouse and ready to ship. They can also be ordered into your local Barnes and Noble, where you can save  the big bucks on shipping costs. has cookbooks in stock as well. And last but not least, there is always my humble… little old …website 

Don’t you think it’s time to toss out all of the unhealthy trans fats and hydrogenated oil (butter, margarine, shortening, and, perish the thought, lard), and begin cooking and baking healthier today?

Your heart will say thanks, and your tummy will smile!!!

Send Me Your Cooking Stories

As a fun contest, I am giving away a free cookbook to the person who can send me the funniest cooking story. The disaster stories are especially funny!!! Are ya game??  Invite a friend to my blog to share a story too….

 Checking The Oil

Olive Oil For Your Heart I am on a mission to find the most delicious, nutritious, & super amazing olive oil to bake my desserts with. Who wouldn’t be excited about all of the beautiful blends which have come in so far from several of California’s finest olive growers? Cowabunga Dude, I can’t wait to start testing!!!

Stay posted for reviews…

Check out this video and learn more about making the perfect olive oil!

saltlakespringsm_0Utah’s 2009 Spring Home & Garden Show was better than ever. My son Mike, and my borrowed daughter, Cassidy were fantastic at assisting during the show.  Thanks to everyone who attended. And, in case you are wondering,…. the recipes I demonstrated at the Chef’s stage, can be found in my categories section. all except……

Easy Pie Crust-Fit For A Pastry Chef!

Below is the now famous, Perfect Olive Oil Pie Crust recipe.  Even Chef Bryan, who is a trained pastry chef; and the host of Fresh From The Kitchen, was surprised when he tasted it. I believe his exact words were ,” I think that this is the most amazing pie crust I have ever tasted”.  But don’t take his (or my) word for it, try it out for yourself, and see how very easy it is to prepare. Use your favorite pie filling or try mine. either way, if you were not a pie person in the past, you just might become one now…(in my humble opinion).

Upcoming Appearances

If you  live in Utah or Idaho, catch me mixing it up with Chef Bryan next Monday, March 30th, on channel 2 (KUTV) at noon. We are  making the healthy, yet sometimes evil, Chocolate Sin Cookies!

I will also be chatting about yummy food with Radio Host, Barbara Howard on April 4th at 8:00pm EST. To listen online, click here

Perfect Olive Oil Pie Crust

 Perfect Olive Oil Pie Crust


2½ cups………flour, sifted

1 tablespoon    granulated sugar

1 teaspoon……salt

½ cup………. pure olive oil

2/3 cup………buttermilk

1 teaspoon……pure vanilla extract


1 medium……..egg white

2 teaspoons…..cold water

1  In mixing bowl add flour, sugar, and salt. Mix together.

2  Add olive oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Using a spatula, blend all ingredients. If necessary, add a sprinkle of flour to create desired texture; not too wet and not too dry.

3. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Form balls and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Flatten with the palm of your hand. Let rest for 5~10 minutes (no need to refrigerate).

4. Roll out between wax or parchment paper.

Assemble pie according to pie filling recipe instructions.

Egg Wash Preparation

Mix egg white and water together until well

blended. Using a pastry brush, brush egg mixture

on the top pie crust. Dust the top of the

crust with 1~2 teaspoonfuls of sugar. Bake according

to recipe instructions.

The egg and water mixture brushed on top helps

the sugar stick to the crust as well as making the pie look shiny.

Thanks for stoppin by!!! As always, your comments are welcome.

Happy and Healthy Baking,