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Family Table by Lorie Thompson

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here is no better place to be in June than Rabun County! It is the beginning of Summer, but there are still the cool evenings of Spring hanging around. One of the best parts of Summer in Rabun is having Osage Markets open. The star of the show in their Spring and early Summer debut are the strawberries! Strawberry season doesn’t last long. You have to buy them while they are available. It is time for jams, jellies, salads, pies, cakes, and just plain eating those luscious berries! I was thinking about strawberry pie when I picked up my last batch of berries. I like cobbler, but I can make that using frozen berries after the fresh berries are gone. I wanted a pie that exhibited the fresh berries in all their glory. I didn’t have a recipe, but after an online search revealed many slightly different versions of a similar recipe using fresh berries, I settled on one and made it. It was delicious! Let me tell you how to do it. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. You can buy a pre-made pie crust or make your own. You will need to pre-bake a 9” deep-dish pie crust until golden. Remove from the oven and completely cool before adding the strawberries. If you would like to make your crust but think it is too much trouble, try this recipe. It requires no rolling, kneading, or chilling! Add 2C of All Purpose White Lily Flour to a mediumsized mixing bowl. Whisk in a heaping 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of sugar. Create a well in the center of the flour and add

1/4 C of very cold water and 7 T of vegetable oil. Stir together with a wooden spoon. You can use unsalted melted butter in place of the oil. Make sure it has cooled before adding it to the flour. Lightly spray a 9” deep dish pan with non-stick spray. Place the pie dough into the center of the pie plate and begin spreading it

Lorie Thompson is a REALTOR at Poss Realty in Clayton, Georgia. Her expertise in her industry is second only to her culinary talents. Lorie is a dynamo in the kitchen. Honestly if she prepares it, it will likely be the best you’ve ever had! Lorie and her husband, Anthony (Peanut), make their home in the Persimmon Community. She is the proud mother of Joe Thompson and Kendall Thompson.

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