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Tasty Tarts & Pies

February 8, 2011

Yesterday my two eldest daughters with their sons (one each) in tow took to “Around About Books” in downtown Troy, Ohio.  It is a wonderful used bookstore with offerings to titillate the most avid reader. I carried in a box of used books with me which gained me a fifty-seven dollar store credit. Yea!

Winan’s Coffee house is next door to Around About Books and is the place to drink coffee and buy some lovely chocolates. I thought Pete’s coffee was the best but I fear that Winan’s has them beat if only slightly.  The ambiance of this little shop is cozy and quaint with displays of hand-made chocolates (to die for) and a list of coffees like Highlander Grogg and Jamaican Me Crazy.

The first thing our little group of five did was to drop off my box of books and exit through the back door which empties into a foyer with several tables for your reading and coffee drinking enjoyment. After claiming a table we entered into Winan’s and spent several minutes deciding if haystacks or a chocolate dipped Oreo was more to our liking to accompany our choice of coffee.  I got one chocolate dipped Oreo for the measly cost of .95 American dollars. Worth it!

Conversation and laughter followed. Well, followed until three-year old Joseph could wait no longer for his chance to claim several Winnie The Poo and other books for a cost of another measly 1.70 American dollars. Which meant only one thing. That’s right! My budget was not spent so I simply had to have a cook book I was perusing while Joseph and his mother finished the selection of children’s books for Joseph.

By the way this book, my book was another measly 1.70 (my cost after paying 1/2 in credit and 1/2 in legal tender) American dollars. I love this little shop!

The cook book I simply had to have was tasty Tarts & Pies – by: Caroline Booy, first printed March, 1995 by Birds Hill Enterprises, Winnipeg, Manitoba  Canada.

Just for fun here is a recipe copied word for word from tasty Tarts & Pies:

#1: Pastry – 100 year old recipe

This recipe is from a cook book discovered during the renovation of an old home. A foot note from the contributor stated that the recipe at the time of publication was at least 100 years old.


  • 3 tbsp. lard  (45mL)
  • 3 tbsp. flour (45mL)
  • 1 cup flour    (250mL)
  • pinch salt  (pinch)

Pastry – Place 1 tbsp. (15mL) lard and 3 tbsp. (45mL) flour into a bowl. Beat to cream with fork. In another bowl, put 2 tbsp. lard (30mL), 1 cup flour (250mL) and salt. Work together with a fork until crumbly. Add water until soft enough to roll out. Roll out second mixture then spread creamed mixture over it. Roll up and place on ice for several hours (or place in refrigerator). Use as regular pastry. This recipe is much over one hundred years old and very reliable.

(this recipe is copied straight from the old cook book. We have added the metric measurement and suggest that you use the refrigerator instead of ice)

Makes: 3 five inch double crust pies or 12 three inch tart shells.


On a lighter note my grandson Kyle is having difficulty with herbs substitution so I thought I’d include the following into this post. Good information to have on hand in a pinch when you don’t have a pinch of this or that on hand.

Herb Substitution Chart


Spice Substitutions
Allspice Cinnamon; cassia; dash of nutmeg or mace; or dash of cloves
Aniseed Fennel seed or a few drops anise extract
Cardamom Ginger
Chili Powder Dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of oregano and cumin
Cinnamon Nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount)
Cloves Allspice; cinnamon; or nutmeg
Cumin Chili powder
Ginger Allspice; cinnamon; mace; or nutmeg
Mace Allspice; cinnamon; ginger; or nutmeg
Nutmeg Cinnamon; ginger; or mace
Saffron Dash turmeric (for color)


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