Favorite Pie Crust

When I was just starting to learn how to cook for my family, I wondered who ever came up with the expression easy as pie?? Had they ever actually tried to make pie? I was really good at making a crumbly mess, or something that looked ok but tasted awful. Why was this so hard?

I tried a myriad of different recipes and since I wasn’t a huge fan of pie crust anyway… I probably wasn’t the best judge to begin with. Miss Suzette served her recipe for pie crust with me about 15 years ago, and it was the first time I actually ate the crust instead of leaving it untouched on the side of my plate. Thankfully she shared her recipe.

Strawberry Freezer Jam

A Childhood Favorite

One of my very favorite childhood memories is watching my Grandmother make jam. Every year at the end of summer, my Grandma would make several batches of homemade raspberry and strawberry freezer jam. She would collect mountains of fresh berries, wash them, and lovingly fill container after container of full of sweet scrumptiousness for us to enjoy throughout the year. 

Lori’s Go-To Flank Steak Grilling Sauce

Our recipe today comes from Miss Lori Jackson. Lori is one of Evolve’s contributors, and was this week’s guest for the Real Life, Real Passion podcast. We talked about embracing life’s detours, finding the joy, and choosing to be happy.

Apparently, anyone that knows Lori well knows that she’s not a huge fan of cooking or baking. She jokes that she can’t make bread to save her life. However, her family does have a family favorite recipe for flank steak that is frequently requested.

Jennifer’s Hour And A Half Bread

This week’s guest for the Real Life, Real Passion podcast is one of our fabulous contributors, Miss Jennifer Wise. We talked about her passion for memory keeping how it can help tell stories and make connections throughout the generations.

A few years ago, Jennifer’s family had moved to Upstate New York, and a family from their church invited them over to dinner one night. Jennifer has a family of five and she is not a last minute kind of a person, so she was completely surprised to see homemade bread served on the table. The bread was delicious and she asked for the recipe. Jennifer has used it ever since.

Three Refreshing Ways to Use Peaches This Summer

This week’s guest for Real Life, Real Passion is the talented Michelle Zollinger Tams. Michelle was our guest on episode 12 of the Real Life, Real Passion podcast. We talked about her passion for creating and about giving yourself permission to make life an adventure.

Today, she shares five simple ingredients that can be used three different ways. Whether you make popsicles, smoothies, or party punch, these bright flavors are sure to refresh everyone on a hot summer day.

A Different Summer Salad – Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

Yesterday, I introduced you to a talented and passionate teacher, Mrs. Barbara Shidler. Barbara was our guest on episode 11 of the Real Life, Real Passion podcast. We talked about her passion for teaching and for music, and why it’s important to just love people. We also talked about setting priorities and putting first things first. Today, she shares a recipe for a different summer salad: Cauliflower Broccoli Salad.

Chicken Curry Soup: A Family Favorite from Becky Erickson

Yesterday, I introduced you to the beautiful and talented Ballerina Becky Erickson. Miss Becky was our guest on episode 10 of the Real Life, Real Passion podcast. We talked about her passion for dance, and why dancing form is so important. We also talked about nutrition and the role it plays in learning new things and in performing. Today, she is sharing her go to recipe for Chicken Curry Soup.

Chipotle Grilled Sweet Potatoes: From Her Kitchen

Yesterday, I introduced you to Dietitian and Blogger Jillian Fox. Jillian was our guest on episode 9 of the Real Life, Real Passion podcast. We talked about her new blog from her Kitchen, why food is such an integral part of our lives, and the importance of eating good food most of the time so you don’t feel guilty when you want to eat “unhealthy food.”

Jill shares a fabulous recipe for the grill: Chipotle Grilled Sweet Potatoes. These sweet potatoes are bursting with flavor and the potatoes can be prepped the day before so this side dish can be quickly put together on a busy weeknight.