a pretty cool life.: A new kitchen gadget and cherry pie

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A new kitchen gadget and cherry pie

Big surprise...I bought a new kitchen gadget! This is the OXO cherry pitter. I couldn't take another summer of cutting the pits out of cherries for my 2 year old, and this was just what I was looking for.

Imagine my surprise when the package said it pits olives, too! I thought olives grew on trees with those little red pimentoes already in them. (Kidding here, people.)

Pitting these was a breeze.

And what else do you do with all those pretty pitted cherries? Why, make pie, of course.

I wanted to be all cute and stuff, so I made it in a 8x10 baker, with stars for vents. Who says I have to make my pie round?

Super Easy Cherry Pie Filling

You'll need:

4 cups pitted cherries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. corn starch

Heat the cherries and water in a sauce pan for about 10 minutes

Mix the sugar and starch. Add to cherries and water in pan and cook until thick. (You know, like pie filling!)

Pour the filling into a pie crust and bake according to the crust's instructions. (Don't be a hero, buy the ready made store crusts. Once you unroll them, no one will know the difference. Just don't tell Martha!)

These are what I use to make vents in my pies. I have these little fondant cutters in tons of shapes (and I have never, ever rolled one piece of fondant!)

And, of course, I got a new Williams-Sonoma catalog in the mail today, filled with no less than a dozen things I just have to have. Look at these. Now those pies are really stinkin' cute!


  1. Where did you get the cherry pitter? That's so exciting :) I might have to take the boy to W-S tomorrow - cherries are 1.99 a lb at Albertson's right now. I think... or was it Safeway. Might be making a few treks ;-)

  2. Go, Go Gadget girl! You are my gadget one stop shop for resources. How do you even find these things? That egg thing was awesome, but this cherry thing really takes the cake...er, pie. (ha!)

    Have a blessed day!

  3. Cool! I made little cherry cheesecakes yesterday for Brett's birthday but the cherry stuff came in a baggie in the box ;)

  4. Yummy!! All of a sudden I am really hungry...no kidding. Thanks for sharing:)

  5. Guess what I went and bought today? :-D Yep the pitter and two of the cute little pie making shapes. :) Just pitted my cherries and now off to get cookin!

  6. Oh Jo, I am jealous! I LOVE those little forms so much! (And I guess it's too late to answer your first question about where to get the pitter LOL)

  7. I have been looking for a GREAT Cherry Pie Recipe for weeks. I think I will try this one because not only does it sound delish but it also sounds so easy. Thanks for sharing it. Plus I MUST find one of those cherry pitter things. OH MY HECK!! I hate pitting cherries but I think i could cope with it if I had one of those!! Thanks again for sharing!!


  8. What a fun post! Your pie was adorable! ...and also perfect for 4th of July.

  9. Great dessert. I love the star cut outs!

  10. cute -- I love the stars :)

    My hubby loves cherry pie -- and making it in a 9x13 pan is a great idea. Thanks!

  11. Your recipe made me laugh, because I would be much more likely to MAKE the crust and BUY the filling... exactly the opposite of you. :) But, this looks easy enough that I might just give it a whirl.

    Great minds think alike: I posted a super-easy Strawberry Pie recipe for WFMW today... it's one of my favorites!


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