The extra mile

I was all set to post a recipe today for this yummy honey mustard chickpea and potato salad… I’ve tweaked it two or three times now and it really is a good recipe.  Good, but not great.


I found a new blog recently called Rambling Renovators and I was inspired by their “plus” motto –

“In this world of do it quick, get it done fast, temporary fixes, we like to slow it down, think carefully, and add the +The difference is in the details, and the details make all the difference.”

I couldn’t agree more.  The difference really is in the details and going the extra mile is worth it.

I take pride in providing in-depth research to help you make informed decisions about the food you eat.  I love sharing tried and true recipes that I hope inspire you to get in the kitchen day after day.  I believe in quality, not quantity, and today that means not sharing a recipe because the dressing is good, but not great (yet!).

So here’s to slow down in this fast-paced world and going the extra mile – after all, aren’t the best things in life worth the wait?

7 Ways to make your pie finger licking good

Pumpkin Pies are delicious and the most craved desserts during holidays and special occasions and sometimes on normal days too.

Everyone loves pumpkin pies and those who deny this are just fooling themselves. They are quite straightforward to make and if you have the process right, you are bound to end up with a perfectly baked Pumpkin Pie.

Want your Pumpkin pie to be the most delicious pie ever? Just follow these simple tips and you are bound to get the desired result.

Preheat your oven

Make sure you always preheat your oven before baking your pumpkin pie in it. It takes just 15 minutes so while you are mixing up your ingredients, switch on the oven and let it get warm and nice so that when you do put your pie inside it, you will get a nicely baked golden-brown pie crust. Never skimp on this step, preheating is the key to a perfectly baked cake.

Add a little shine to your crust

Everyone wants their pie to look great and shiny and you can achieve just that with the help of a little milk or an egg wash. Just cover your pie with some milk or egg wash before baking and then put the pie in the oven.

Lightly coat your pie crust with a pastry brush and ensure it doesn’t get soggy and when you take out your pie you will notice that it has a golden shiny look to it which will make it more appetizing to look at.

Pre-bake your crust

One of the best ways to make sure that your pie is crusty and not soggy is by pre-baking your pie in the preheated oven before you add any filling.

This will make sure that your pie doesn’t get all soggy when you cook your pie with the pie fillings inside.

Use fresh whipped cream

Make a fresh whipped cream for your pumpkin pie and then add it as the topping. Store bought whipped cream has a lot of elements which do taste good but not as good as a homemade whipped cream. Your homemade whipped cream consists only of sugar and cream and that is exactly how it is supposed to be.

Use a little spice

Spice things up in your pumpkin pie by adding a little amount of cinnamon or nutmeg. It will provide your guests with a surprising taste and will definitely add more flavor to your pie.

But make sure you don’t put too much of a spice because that would definitely end up ruining your pie for good.

Add a little whole milk

Don’t be one of those diet conscious people and ruin the whole pumpkin pie in your calorie counting. Pumpkin pies are supposed to use whole milk as it provides a proper flavor to your cake and if you use a poor substitute for it, you can say goodbye to your perfect pumpkin pie. So don’t skip out on the whole milk, it is worth the extra calories.

Give it some time

It is good to make your pie one day before and then let it sit overnight. In fact, it would give the flavors to develop in your pie as this is one of those pies which taste better when at room temperature or cold. So save some time and bake it the previous night.

Still having trouble? Here’s how the experts make the crust