Strawberry Pies and Tarts


This time of year I love making and eating Strawberry Pies and tarts. Yesterday afternoon I made a pie and tarts. They have been in the  fridge since yesterday but I could not wait any longer to have a taste!! I know it’s just before dinner but what the theck!!


If you like Strawberry pie and tarts, you can get y recipes from my post last year, Best Ever Strawberry Pie recipe! This is a very easy recipe and it is delicious!!!


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Southern Butter Beans



Pork tenderloin, butter beans and roasted potatoes

I love butter beans and have been eating them all my life. As a child I can remember working the fields at my grandmother and grandfather’s farm, picking all the beans and sitting around on the back porch shelling and snapping beans in the evening. My grandmother cooked the best butter beans, this is my version of her recipe and they are delicious!

Butter beans, lima beans, baby lima beans; whatever you like to call them, the difference would be size, with the larger ones commonly called limas and the smaller whiter ones butter beans. There is nothing better than fresh butter beans cooked southern style. During the summer months when I can find butter beans at the farmer’s market I load up on them and put them in the freezer. When I run out I will buy them frozen in bags at the local grocery store.

If you like butter beans then I am sure you have gotten them when you go your local meat and three restaurant, cafeteria or Cracker Barrel. Have you ever wondered how they cook the butter beans and make taste so delicious?! If you want to learn how to cook butter beans read more of my post, these will be the best you have ever eaten. I cook them southern style with thick bacon and a simple roux using butter and flour. When I make butter beans I make a l

For the Beans:
2 pounds fresh butter beans
3-4 strips bacon
1/2 medium size onion
1 whole clove garlic, do not chop (if desired, not required)

For the Roux:
2-3 Tablespoons butter
4-5 green onions (scallions), finely chopped
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
Cooking liquid from beans
¼ teaspoon paprika (add to taste)
Salt and black pepper to taste

Place the beans in a heavy saucepan and add water to cover the beans.

southern butter beans

Add bacon, onion half and garlic clove.

butter beans

southern lima beans

Bring to a boil and skim off any scum that rises from the bacon. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook on simmer to low until the beans are nearly tender, about thirty minutes. Be sure to not cook any higher or the bean will split open.

While the beans are cooking, go ahead and chop the green onion which will be added to the roux.

When the beans are done, strain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid.  Remove and discard the bacon, onion and garlic clove if you can find it.

simple butter bean recipe

Now you are ready to make the roux, wipe out the bean pot and melt the butter. Add the green onions and sauté for a few minutes until soft, but do not let them brown.  Sprinkle over the flour, whisking until the sauce is smooth and thickened.

Add back the butter beans, slowly pour in 1 cup or more of the cooking liquid, reserve extra liquid in case you need it. You can add more of the cooking liquid as needed, many times I will use all the cooking liquid. Add the paprika and pepper to taste.

cooking butter beans

Continue to warm the butter beans on low until you are ready to eat, I usually cook them on a simmer for 3 hours.  Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

fingerling potatoes

We enjoy eating the Russian Banana fingerling potatoes, they are very delicious, buttery tasting. Roast the fingerling potatoes in a shallow pan, coat potatoes with olive oil and your favorite herbs. Roast for 30 minutes or until fork inserts easily.

grill pork loin

Since it’s only the two of us, I grilled a small pork tenderloin, which we will have two meals.

grilling porn loin

I like to cook the pork tenderloin to 150-155 degrees, then let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

butterbeans-and-fingerling-potatoes and pork tenderloin


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Best Ever Strawberry Pie


Delicious strawberry pie

My Strawberry Pie!!! …. absolutely delicious!!

When strawberries are fresh, it’s time to make a Strawberry Pie! A fresh strawberry pie is one of my favorites. As a child, our family would eat at Shoney’s and I loved their strawberry pie but this recipe is much better. During the strawberry season I will make nearly 20 or more of these pie’s for family, friends and don’t forget myself. They are easy to make and oh so delicious!:-)

fresh strawberry pie

This is a simple southern strawberry pie recipe.

Pie Crust
1 – large deep dish pie crust baked
3 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar

The cream cheese will help keep the crust from getting soft.
Note: if you are having a party consider making mini-strawberry pies!

1 lb. Strawberries, more if  you like to have a full pie and plan to eat a few!
1 –cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup water
3 tablespoons corn starch

Add to above filling after it has boiled.
3 tablespoons of strawberry Jello (less than 3 oz box)

If you increase the strawberries you will need to increase your mixture.

Place pie crust on a cookie sheet in the oven and bake according to the instructions on the package, usually 400 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Watch the crust so that it doesn’t over bake. While the crust is baking, mix the cream cheese and sugar. If you don’t like cream cheese you can skip this process. Leave at room temperature for now to make it easy to spread in your pie crust.


I usually buy 2 lbs. of strawberries and add extra. I like to have the pie over flowing with strawberries. I will double the filling recipe when adding extra strawberries or better yet make two pies. If you make two pies at the same time, triple the recipe and you will have plenty of filling. If the berries are really sweet this also gives me plenty to eat plain! Wash and clean your strawberries, I like to leave my strawberries whole. If you slice the berries you will need more than 1 lb.

Once the crust is done and cooled, spread the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of the baked pie crust. Be careful not to break your crust! Add the strawberries to the pie crust.

homemade strawberry pie

Sugar, salt, water and corn starch combined and starting to boil.

Start the filling by measuring and adding to your heavy pot the cold water, it is important the water is cold. Then add a little of the corn starch at a time and stir continuously to mix corn starch. Once the corn starch is mixed, add sugar, salt and water.  Stir to get everything mixed together. Place on medium heat and stir, I stir almost constantly. When it starts to boil, it will thicken, be sure to stir the entire time it is boiling. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add the strawberry jello and stir until completely mixed.

homemade strawberry pie

Strawberry pie filling after adding the strawberry jello.

best ever strawberry pie recipe

Pie crust with one layer of strawberries, almost ready for the filling!

Let the filling cool for a no more than a couple minutes. Don’t wait too long or it will harden and you won’t be able to spoon over strawberries. After pouring on the filling over the first layer of strawberries, I stack n more strawberries and pour on more filling!!!  *** ALERT:  You will be tempted to stick your finger into the strawberry jelly, please don’t, it’s HOT and you will burn your finger. Don’t lick the spoon either while it is hot! My kids love to have a spoon full once it has cooled!

strawberry pie

The pie is ready to go into the fridge for at least 3-4 hours before serving. Use Reddi Wip cream when you serve!

This recipe can be used with peaches and other fruit as well!



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