Let's Talk...Pie Crust + a Video

Let's Talk...Pie Crust + a Video

I would argue that pie crust is more difficult than making bread.

There were years of trial and error before I got my pie crust method down. Growing up, I loved making lemon meringue pie. I would religiously make it every time I went to Popo's house but I'd always leave the crust to her. Something about the ingredients being cold, never knowing how much water was enough, and getting my hands dirty. So for years, I steered clear of making pie crust. 

Then, there was the chicken pot pie phase. I mean, you can't have chicken pot pie without the crust. Albeit, my family only does a top layer of crust and we eat our pot pie with rice. Yea I know, weird Chinese things. So, I figured it was time I learned how to make pie crust. 

It was rough. A lot of the time my dough was too sticky or too dry. I started out with all butter but I didn't like the texture. It was, well, too buttery and not flaky enough. I then switched to half butter and half shortening. Is shortening really that much worse for you? It's all fat in the end. 

The half butter and half shortening is my personal preference though. Feel free to use all butter if you prefer. The rest of the method is exactly the same.

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Let's Talk...Cashew Basil Pesto

Let's Talk...Cashew Basil Pesto

I've been trying really hard to keep my basil plant alive and well.

It would be easier to just get a bunch of basil at the grocery store but I've found that you might as well just get the plant. It's either the same price or just a bit more and doesn't result in sad wilt-y, dried, black leaves buried in the back of your fridge. 

My history with basil plants has been short-lived and gloomy. Last summer I decided to get one and left it outside to grow. The first few weeks were great. I added basil to tomato sauce. I put basil leaves in my salad. But then it got covered in dust from leaf blowers, eaten to bits by aphids and ended up suffering without enough sun. And I'm pretty sure I forgot to water it way too often.

I generally have a pretty bad track record when it comes to taking care of plants. Why is it so hard to remember to water something daily?

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Let's Talk...Bacon

Let's Talk...Bacon

Oh bacon, probably the most talked about meat in American society.

And also the meat that is both loved and hated at the same time. But let's forget about that because properly cooked bacon can go a long way. 

I've had my fair share of either burnt bacon or undercooked bacon both of which are a no go. I'm looking for a crisp yet chewy piece of salty perfection. And without being splattered in bacon grease or having to clean a greasy pan? 

Sounds like an excellent idea if I ever heard one.

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Let's Talk...Yeast

Let's Talk...Yeast

If you're a big fan of breads with fluffy interiors like me, yeast will be your best friend.

There's nothing like the warm, well yeasty smell of yeast to let you know you're on your way to making bread. When I first started making bread, yeast was the most intimidating factor. My overthinking mind was flooded with so many what if questions. What if it doesn't grow? What if I add too much or too little? What if the water is too hot or told cold? And so on.

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