Flaky Kentucky Derby Pie

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Just so we’re clear… I’m not from Kentucky. I’ve never even been there. But I love Kentucky Derby Pie.

I was first introduced to this heavenly concoction by a neighbor, who actually is from Kentucky. Her broad, half-Samoan sons all played high school football, and to raise the money necessary to fund this activity, the sons would go door to door in the neighborhood, selling her famous homemade Kentucky Derby Pies.


They made a killing. The entire subdivision was waiting with baited breath for football season to begin. Or, I might just be assuming that, because that’s the way I felt. I gladly spent every dollar in my wallet on those pies.

Oh, and?… my pie was still warm when it was delivered!! I wish that woman would have some more football playing sons to sell me derby pies.

Oh, the heavenly aroma of chocolate chips and pecans in a flaky pie crust!

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A List of Substitution Ingredients for those Emergencies

This is a super important list to keep on hand.  This will save the day when you thought you had an ingredient, but when you went to get it, there was only a few granules left.  So keep it on hand for those times when it is much needed.

Allspice – 1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.

Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
1/3 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar or
1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 cup yogurt or buttermilk (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2 cup)


Bread Crumbs (Dry) – 1 cup
3 slices of bread, crumbled.

Butter – 1 cup
1 cup of regular margarine or
1 cup of vegetable shortening (for baking) or
1 cup of oil (but only if melted butter is called for)

To see the complete list with many more substitutions, CLICK HERE

Oven Roasted Fresh Summer Corn

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Sweet, delicious, finger-lickin’ corn. There is nothing like it in the summer. At street fairs or carnivals, it is one of my favorite treats. However, as much as I love corn, I am not a master griller (yet) but I like to enjoy the sweetness of a roasted corn with some salt and pepper.


This is such an easy recipe, you will be roasting corn all year long. Yes, even in the winter you can enjoy the flavors of summer.

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Almond Crusted Halibut – Clean Eating

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I have been on a low-carb kick, and the great thing about this recipe is that it fits into lots of clean eating categories; paleo, gluten free, and low carb. I made myself 6 ounces, but you can absolutely cut the ounces in half and have 3 ounces, but I was one hungry girl.


I love halibut and this is the first time I have actually made it on my own and it was flaky and delicious. I was also craving some crunch, and I thought the almonds would be the perfect fix.

To make this a  low carb recipe, it was something I couldn’t’ figure out. All the recipes I found had flour in it, and that doesn’t work for me. So I had to get creative and cross my fingers that the almonds would not fall off during cooking. I was super pleased with the results and almost all the almonds stayed on perfectly and without any flour!

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