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Bluffton Relay for Hope pie auction raises $1,877 - here's the top three recipes

Three fantastic pie recipes

This year's Bluffton Relay for Hope pie auction set a record with 28 pies sold for a total of $1,877, according to Esther Spaeth.

Kathy Miles’ cherry pie won first place, Jamey Miles (son of Kathy and James) was second with a caramel pie. Brent Warren was third with old-fashioned all American apple pie. All three are from Jenera. 

Judges were Jeff Stratton and Matthew Gillett. The auctioneer was Dave Warren.

First Place Winner
Kathy Miles’ Cherry Pie
Double crust pie dough

Icon's rhubarb pie aged 1 year in the freezer

Try cleaning out your freezer. You never know what you’ll find. I did. I found a bag of rhubarb cut from last summer (2015 vintage).

It was encased in a global-formed block of ice and looked pretty shameful.

But, you know the saying, pour on some sugar – just a little – and suddenly you have the ingredients for a pie.

Recalling that quote, I went to work. This meant halting my house-cleaning job. Instead I put on my baking cap. Here’s what happened next.

I nuked the block of ice for 60 second and found the cut rhubarb. Gave it another 30 or so, and the rhubarb begged to become a pie.

Introducing the No Accessory Crunchy Icon Oatmeal Cookie

You know, and I know, there are as many oatmeal cookie recipes in the world today as there are fields of oats.
As for me, I like a crunchy oatmeal cookie with no accessories – including raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts or whatever you might add.
Thanks to the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, I found a no-frills oatmeal. And, with a couple of my own twists, created the No Accessory Crunchy Icon Oatmeal Cookie.
The original recipe says you’ll end with 54 cookies. Since I like large cookies, my alterations ended with 24 cookies.

Iconoclast Bakery: How about having "the world's best chicken" for dinner

The World's Best Chicken
From "Kitchen Classics Cookbook," Bluffton Child Development Center, 2013
Recipe provided by Kristen Howard, mother of Lily and William

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c Dijon mustard
1/4 c maple syrup
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl mix mustard, syrup and vinegar. Place chicken breast into 9 by 13 inch baking dish.

Season with salt and pepper. Pour mustard mixture over chicken, covering each piece. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Season with choppd rosemary.

Iconic Bakery: No Christmas cookie plate is complete without these

For Icon viewers getting ready to bake for the holidays, you can't have a cookie plate without meringue kisses.

There's probably more recipes for this cookie than any other in Ohio. Here's one we picked from the Ada Sesquicentennial Cookbook, from 2002. This recipe is provided by Ruth Brown.

Ruth Brown's Meringue Kisses

4 egg whites
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Iconoclast Bakery: The Legendary Icon Refrigerator-Cupboard Pie

Introducing the legendary Icon Refrigerator-Cupboard Pie.

Here’s the approach: Open the refrigerator door (and the kitchen cupboard) and see what you’d like to get rid of.

But, instead tossing things out, you bake it. In a pie.

Wanting to bake a pie, but not knowing which one to tackle, I tried the above approach and it worked.

My wife gave me some Probst Family Farm Maple Syrup for my birthday last week. So, in the back of my mind, maple syrup would play a significant role in the bake.