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Easy as pie

In our winter issue: perfecting pies, a 250-year-old home, and a heat pump primer

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A few years ago I set my mind to baking a pie. I love to cook and try new recipes, but pie crust always seemed above my skill level. I sifted, mixed, and rolled just as the recipe asked, but my pie crust refused to come together. After too much handling, I forced the crust into a pie plate, slopped in the filling, slapped on the top crust, and slid it into the oven. “My work here is done,” I thought with mild satisfaction.

Sadly, it was not. I forgot to slit the top crust. The result was a geyser of strawberry rhubarb bursting from the seams of my pie and baking all over my oven. My pie was a disaster, but I ate it anyway.
“You need bravery and courage to keep going if it’s your first pie crust,” says restauranteur and food blogger Kim Steele in our pie feature.

This past weekend, I tried again armed, with Simon Thibault’s Simple Pie Crust recipe, and a canned filling just in case. I don’t know if it was the addition of vinegar to the recipe or the tips I gleaned while editing the story, but it all worked out. Check out our Facebook page for a picture of my first successful pie.

In the winter issue of East Coast Living, we embrace the colder months. Our home story takes us to Rose Bay, N.S., near scenic Lunenburg. Home stylist Mimi Findlay is known for arranging rooms for magazine photo shoots across the country. In this issue, we step inside her 250-year-old home and learn why imagination trumps spending when it comes to style.

As we prepare for the new year, one of my favourite pieces makes its annual appearance: the top paint colours for 2020. We’ll look at how to style your front step for winter, and talk to long-time friend of the magazine Jane Veldhoven about what’s changed in décor and design over the last 20 years.

Amid our features we’ll help you understand if a heat pump is right for your home, and outline how to host (and budget for) an elegant celebration at home.

Plus, we’ll suggest dramatic oversized plants to make your home feel like a tropical oasis in these winter months, and chat with Atlantic Canadian spirit producers about how they started their businesses.

As always, we’d love to hear about the homes, artisans, and artists who inspire you. Share your favourites on our social media channels or email the address below.

Kim Hart Macneill,

East Coast Living