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Sweet as Strawberry Pie

by Meghann on February 28, 2012

Do you know those kitchen tools that you just have to have, but as soon you bring them home you realize they’re only good for one or two things and essentially wind up in a junk drawer?

Yeah, here’s one of mine.

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It’s a slicer I brought a couple of years ago because I thought it would be awesome for slicing strawberries for breakfast in the morning. Only it’s kinda bulky and ended up being just ‘one more thing’ to clean at the end of the meal. Eh.

The slicer ended up in my kitchen junk drawer and a regular knife did the morning slicing job just fine. Now the slicer is only brought out on special occasions, like when I have two pints of strawberries to slice.

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The slicer sure does take up a lot of unnecessary drawer space, but for the few-and-far-between occasions like these, the slicer rocks.

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Slicing magic! Ta-da!

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Derek’s parents were in Plant City over the weekend and shared a couple of the pints of fresh Florida strawberries they brought home with us. Strawberry season is at its peak right now. They’re all so fresh and delicious. Since I had the extra strawberries on hand, I thought it would be a good time to test out the Strawberry Pie recipe I discovered via Pinterest.

Even better, I decided to go the homemade graham cracker crust route too.

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This was super easy – I just processed the graham crackers, butter, vanilla, and sugar…

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then pressed it into the cake pan.

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Side note: I need a pie pan. This cake pan just ain’t cuttin’ it.

The rest of the pie was just as easy to put together. I believe cutting the strawberries was actually the most time consuming part!

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The pie went in the fridge; and I got to work on dinner.

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I followed the recipe on the back of the package of beans I found at Publix (minus the tomatoes and ham)

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Soup’s on!

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The bean soup was pretty bland on it’s own, but a generous helping of cheese and extra salt made a huge difference.

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Truth was, I really just wanted my dessert.

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I was too impatient and couldn’t wait the full 2 hours to let the pie set in the fridge. It may not have been as pretty as it could have been, but it still tasted amazing. My favorite part was the crust – so cinnamon-ny and delicious.

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Earlier in the afternoon I discovered hummus mixed with spicy mustard makes an excellent dip for pretzels. Yum.

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I shall try this again in the very near future. πŸ˜‰

What are the once must-have kitchen tools that now take up room in your junk drawer?

1 Yellow Haired Girl February 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Ahhh! I’m doing that with hummus immediately! Genius.

Aaaand I want that strawberry sliver. But it’ll probably sit in a back of a drawer in my kitchen too πŸ˜‰
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2 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm

It looks delish!!! My kitchen purchase misfires usually include buying some spice that I just HAVE to have on tap. Of course, I end up using it about once and then having no idea what to do with the rest.
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3 Erin February 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

My mom gave me an avocado masher once. I still have it. I think I’ve used it once. I mean, a fork works just fine!
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4 Kim February 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm

1 – that pie looks delicious 2 – i’ve never been a HUGE fan of mustard, but i do love hummus. i’ve secretly always felt left out when i see people eat pretzels and mustard, i just couldn’t stomach the taste. maybe this is the solution πŸ™‚
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5 Gia @ rungiarun February 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Your pie looks divine! I was just cleaning out the kitchen tool drawer today … my useless tool is the hand held lemon squeezer. Handy … but just so bulky.
Another one I hardly use is the avocado slicer. Mostly because I dont like how part of my precious avocado gets stuck to it! I’m not cool with wasting avocado πŸ™‚
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6 Lily February 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

That strawberry slicer looks sick! So cool. And of course that pie looks delicious!
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7 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Woah, you were supposed to wait two WHOLE hours?? Who do they think we are πŸ˜‰ .I would have dug in as soon as it came out of the oven!
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8 Kristin @ FoodFash February 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Mmm strawberry pie! Eat some Plant City strawberries for me!!
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9 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance February 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Ginger grater! I wish I had a kitchen the size of my apartment – then I’d have room to have all the tools I wanted πŸ™‚
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10 Christine @ BookishlyB February 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

My pasta making stuff- I do use it, and it tastes so much better than store bought, but it doesn’t get used nearly enough.
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11 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm

yummm that strawberry pie looks delicious! a good crust is always my favorite part too. my garlic press is definitely one of those “must-have” kitchen tools that really just takes up space. i usually just end up mincing the garlic gloves with a knife or using garlic powder!
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12 Joss February 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

Milk frother, my pretty pink kitchenaid mixer (I really don’t use it often), ice cream maker
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13 Racheal @ Running with Racheal February 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

That pie looks amazing! I am going to the store today to buy strawberries.

YUM.

I have so many things in my kitchen that I never use, but am too afraid to get rid of. Ex – a gigantic apple peeler. πŸ™‚
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14 emily February 29, 2012 at 7:47 am

The strawberry pie looks amazing!
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15 Katie February 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

Hummus and Mustard sounds so delicious!
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16 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run February 29, 2012 at 8:04 am

You could probably use that slicer for hard-boiled eggs too. I love those on my salads and hate cutting them. Maybe I’ll buy one of those to sit in my drawer too. πŸ™‚
I never use my salad tongs. But damn, they seemed like a good idea at the time.
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17 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

That strawberry slicer is awesome! I definitely need one of those. I think it would make slicing many things easier. πŸ™‚ Hummus and mustard sounds like an interesting combo! Must try it.
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18 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats February 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

Haha I hate recipes that require you to refrigerate before eating, I can’t ever wait! That pie looks delicious!
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19 Heather February 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

oh I love strawberries, looks fab!

20 Dana February 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

Wow, that gadget looks very similar to an egg slicer. Your pie looks tasty. Enjoy!

21 Poptartyogini February 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

A mushroom brush (I usually use canned) and a garlic press (I use jarred from trader joe’s). Not sure who I thought I was going to turn into once I got married. Things to consider when you’re registering!
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22 Cait's Plate February 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

Oh my gosh it’s so pretty!! I want to make this in the summer to eat after a BBQ!
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23 Anne Weber-Falk February 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

That strawberry slicer is also a good mushroom slicer, kiwi slicer and hard boiled egg slicer. Multi purpose tool!

24 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston February 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

Oh you could use that tool to slice up a boiled egg over salad or whatever you’re eating!
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25 Lauren February 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Wait – you used a wok to make the pie? I’m confused. Please help!

26 Jess @JessCantCook February 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

The pie looks so good! And easy, I have a new food processor I need to break in too πŸ™‚
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27 Katie March 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

I need a strawberry slicer like that.. STAT! Your pie looks delish, too!

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