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Heavenly Apple Pie Recipe From A Saint by Kevin O’Brien

Ever since I first saw North by Northwest on TV when I was a kid, I’ve had a crush on Eva Marie Saint. Back in 1995, I finally wrote her a fan letter—and to my surprise, she wrote back. When I mentioned in a follow up note that I had written a book (ONLY SON), Eva Marie Saint went out, bought it, read it and gave me an honest review (she wasn’t crazy for the main character, but really liked the writing). This was the start of a pen-pal relationship that continues to this day.

If you’ve read a number of my thrillers, you’ve probably caught on that Eva Marie Saint has a cameo in each one. She has become a good luck charm for me. I always have some character watching one of her movies on TV. It could be On the Waterfront (for which she won an Oscar) or Exodus, The Russians Are Coming or Grand Prix, Superman Returns or one of her other films. In my latest thriller, THEY WON’T BE HURT, my heroine is home alone, watching Raintree County, when someone breaks into her house.

If you watched the most recent Oscar telecast, you saw 93-year-old Eva Marie Saint get the first standing ovation of the night. What you might not know is that her apple pie recipe deserves a standing ovation, too!  Every time I make it (usually for Thanksgiving or Christmas), the pie is a big hit with everyone—and it’s pretty easy to make, because it has a shortbread crust instead of a traditional crust.  Here’s the Oscar-worthy recipe:


-1 & 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 4), peeled, quartered, seeded, very thinly sliced.

-1 cup cold water

-3 tablespoons lemon juice

-1 cup all purpose flour

-1/2 cup (1 stick) diced unsalted butter, room temperature Continue reading “Heavenly Apple Pie Recipe From A Saint by Kevin O’Brien”

Val’s Apple Cranberry Pie by Kirsten Weiss

Leaves are turning scarlet and gold. An autumn chill snaps the air. And people are getting cozy with soft blankets and wooly mittens. I don’t know about you, but now that the temperature is dropping, baking has gotten a lot more attractive.

My new cozy mystery, The Quiche and the Dead, takes place in a pie shop, Pie Town. The owner, Val Harris, is obsessed with pie (and figuring out who killed a man in her shop).  So, in honor of the season, here’s a Fall recipe direct from Pie Town:

Val’s Apple Cranberry Pie

7 medium granny smith, golden delicious, or gravenstein apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 C frozen cranberries (you can use fresh too, but frozen berries tend to hold their shape better)
1/2 cup + 3 T granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

3/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
3/4 flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 c. chilled butter, cut into pieces
1 premade pie crust.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line bottom of a 9” pie tin with a pre-made pie crust. Toss filling ingredients in a large bowl. Put in the in the lined pie tin.

Mix topping, cutting butter in until mixture like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake until topping is lightly browned and filling is bubbly, about 35 minutes.

Let cool. Enjoy! Continue reading “Val’s Apple Cranberry Pie by Kirsten Weiss”

Apple Almond Cake with Edith Maxwell

Author Edith Maxwell is a former farmer of a certified organic farm. Her Local Foods Mystery series is jam packed with information on farming, and delicious recipes, like this one: Continue reading “Apple Almond Cake with Edith Maxwell”

Apple Almond Cake with Edith Maxwell

In Farmed and Dangerous, organic farmer Cam Flaherty provides the ingredients for a January dinner at her great uncle’s assisted living residence, along with the recipe for this cake using as many local ingredients as possible. Too bad someone ends up dead after eating the dinner. Continue reading “Apple Almond Cake with Edith Maxwell”

Award Winning Gluten Free Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie with Joan H.

Joan won 3rd place at the Minnesota State Fair with this recipe.


5 medium sized granny smith apples
1 3/4 cups sugar Continue reading “Award Winning Gluten Free Brown Paper Bag Apple Pie with Joan H.”

Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie with Diana Cosby


Chocolate cookie pie shell
1 Quart Apple Pie ice cream
Whipped cream Continue reading “Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie with Diana Cosby”

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