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Picnic-ready mini pies!

I’m a huge fan of the muffin tin. Muffin tins rock for making appetizers in wonton cups, mini quiches, …muffins, and more recently in my life, mini-pies!

I made pumpkin cheesecake bites last winter. They were easy, and instead of making a few pies to bring to work, Brian’s family and my family, I just made a batch and a half of one recipe. It probably cut the time in half!

This summer, for a picnic at Inwood Hill Park, I  made mini mixed berry pies.

First, I found a recipe for pie filling. I used frozen berries,and it worked splendidly. Added some lemon zest, lemon juice and ginger. The ginger really kicked it up! Any pie filling would work, really.

Then I had to deal with the pie crust in muffin tins. That part was tricky. I just used a regular store-bought piecrust mix and experimented with shaping into the tin. This took some more time than I had anticipated, but I’m sure I’ll cut that down with practice. After baking at 375 for 10-15 minutes (I used this blog for guidance, and just checked starting at 10 minutes), I let them cool and slowly pulled them out of the muffin tin with a knife.

As you can see, they’re not perfect-looking. What you don’t know is how yummy they are.

I froze the left-over pie filling. Round 2 should be even better!

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The Tallest Man on Earth: Take 3

Brian and I have seen The Tallest Man on Earth three years in a row now – the first was our first date. We were surprised and impressed by how popular he’s become. Look at the venue! We were on the balcony at Town Hall in midtown.

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Wooden Wells

Wooden Wells, Trash Bar in BK, May 2012

If you were ever into Green Day, these guys are for you. I wasn’t even that into Green Day, and I totally dig Wooden Wells. No, not just because the lead singer and drummer are two of my best buds from college…because they’re fun and sincere, and it shows in their music. Give them a listen.

Happy birthday to me!

This margarita has whiskey in it! Indian Road Cafe‘s cocktail list is incredible (so is everything else on their menu).

Indian Road Cafe smokey margarita with whiskey.

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