Summer Pie

Summer Pie

With all the fresh veggies and herbs coming out of the garden and the Farmer’s Market, why not utilize them and make a great dinner pie? It’s hearty and filling! If you like pasta, veggies and ricotta you can’t go wrong with this dish!

What You’ll Need:
1 – 1 pound package of fettuccine noodles, cooked according to package directions
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of fat-free ricotta
2 eggs
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of parsley, chopped
1 large zucchini, sliced into rounds
2-3 Roma tomatoes, sliced into rounds
3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Summer Pie

Cook fettuccine according to package directions, drain and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Saute onion and garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil until tender and set aside.

In a large bowl mix ricotta, eggs, a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper until completely mixed. Stir in parsley, cooked onions and garlic and stir until incorporated. Add noodles and stir to mix/coat.

Spray an 8 inch spring form pan with non-stick spray and pour noodles mixture into the pan and press down. Next add a layer of zucchini to cover the noodles completely. Then add a layer of tomatoes on top of zucchini and cover completely. Sprinkle the top of the pie with Parmesan and bake for 30-40 minutes until top is browned. Remove from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes, cut and serve.

Summer Pie

Notes: You could add in more/different veggies if you like. Mushrooms would be good. Yellow squash would make a nice addition as well. It’s completely up to you and what you like. If you would like, you can substitute chopped spinach for the parsley.

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Let’s talk cherries! What’s better than a fresh cherry pie? One thing is for certain though, the next time I make this little gem I’m going to have one of these! (Hint, hint again birthday fairy! Or perhaps in my case since he’s male the Birthday Elf! ;o)) Stained fingers aside, you can’t beat this pie. If you like fresh cherries, try it…You’ll fall in love!

What You’ll Need:
3 1/2 to 4 pounds of fresh cherries, pitted
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
2 tablespoons of corn starch
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 double pie crust (boxed or recipe)
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon of organic cane sugar

Preheat oven to 425 F.

In a large stock pot mix cherries, sugar and salt and cook until a sauce forms. (About 5-10 minutes. The cherries don’t have to be completely cooked, because they will finish cooking in the oven.) Stir in corn starch and cook for about 2 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat.

While cherries are cooking press a pie shell into a pie dish and trim the edges. When cherries are done pour them into the pie dish lined with the pie shell:

Cherry Pie Filled

Top the pie with another shell and cut vents or shape(s) to let out steam:

Cherry Pie Ready to Bake

Brush the top of the pie shell with beaten egg and sprinkle with one tablespoon of sugar.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Pitted Cherries Ready To Be Made Into Pie Filling