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Something Sweet from the Oven

February 10th, 2012

I’m not much of a sweet eater, preferring something salty instead. Mr Chiots on the other hand, loves sweets and loves to see something sweet from the oven. Winter is the perfect time for baking since it’s cold outside and you feel like you’re warming the house a bit.

Before our trip to Maine last week I remembered that I had two pastry crusts in the fridge left over from the how-to video I made for Ethel. Regular pies are not good for traveling, but hand pies are perfect. I pulled out a jar of Caramelized Apple Marmalade with Thyme (recipe from Preserving the Taste) and made up a little something sweet for Mr Chiots. If you’d like the recipes, head on over to Eat Outside the Bag.

These are so easy to make and oh so tasty, I also like that they’re not too sweet since there’s only a small amount of jam in each one! These were perfect snacks for our trip, easy to eat while we were on the go.

Do you prefer sweet or salty?

Eat Outside the Bag

January 12th, 2012

I’ve been talking about starting a food blog for quite a while now and people have been asking about it since I first mentioned it. Figuring I’d never get it done if I waited until I had time, I spent a few hours last night setting it up. The introductory first recipe post is up, and soon all the recipes from Chiot’s Run will be transitioned over to Eat Outside the Bag.

Why Eat Outside the Bag? Because that’s how we eat. It will be all about the kinds of things I talk about here, focusing on real food, simple food, seasonal food, local food, and tasty food! Generally that means food that doesn’t come in a box or a bag, but from your garden, a local farmer, market or a small artisan producer.

There won’t be a post every day, probably once a week, I’ll try to come up with a specific day so you know when to expect something. I’ll also use it to post interesting food/health related articles that I find, quotes about food/cooking, great ingredients and cookbook reviews. Make sure you check back next week because I’ll be doing a giveaway of one of my favorite bread baking books.

For my first recipes: Grandma Graham’s Perfect Pie Crust and you can find a how-to video over on the Your Day Blog at Ethel. Head on over and tell me what your favorite kind of pie is.

Any recipe you’d like to see over there?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.