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Plain Kansas

Rosanna Bauman, age 25, is German Baptist Brethren. She is a writer, farmer, and speaker and lives on a rural Kansas farm she shares with her parents and 4 siblings. The Brethren Church, is often mistaken for Amish or Mennonites, but the Brethren have different historical and theological roots. The Brethren Church is a "Plain" church. Members dress plainly and, like the Amish, are pacifists, but they do use cars and phones.

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    Laura Meyer

    I can’t believe it the same recipe that I got from my grandma Vantine. I have never seen a recipe that has the spoon of vinegar in it…we call it the Vantine pie crust. I live in Michigan and we have used this recipe for 3 generations.

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    Buddy Samuels

    I haven’t mastered pie crust from scratch, but the pie filling itself I always make from scratch. The best coconut cream pie I made was using a fresh coconut grated, and the coconut milk used to make the custard. Nothing better than a scratch pie. I always make banana pudding from scratch—box filing is “pudding” while scratch is “puddin’”.

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    my mother-in-law’s (she’s 93) pie crust recipe also calls for the vinegar in it and it’s super flaky. It’s never failed me and it also keeps in the fridge raw for up to 6 weeks. I love making a batch of it and just using it up as needed for pies and quiches over the weeks.

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    Could you publish the recipe for the custard pie? It’s hard to find a good recipe for this pie. Thank you.

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    I can’t wait to try this recipe.
    My mom taught me that a good pie not only has to taste good but
    look good. She always crimped the edges so they looked perfect.
    A beautiful pie always tastes better.

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    I would LOVE to have that coconut pie recipe, too!


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