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Gail Kittleson's Veggie Pastry Pie

World War II intrigues Gail Kittleson, whose Women of the Heartland Series features make-do women of the Forties. An Iowa farmer’s daughter, Gail grew up with the smell of sweet corn in the air. Well, and manure. She has taught college expository writing and ESL throughout the years, and now devotes her time to writing memoir and fiction, as well as facilitating writing workshops. You can find her blog and more information at

Gail's Women of the Heartland Book Series: Women
 of the 1940’s made-do through the dangers and trials of a vast world war. They knitted caps, sweaters and warm socks for the troops, often did “a man’s job’ in factories or on the farm, and contributed to the war effort in important ways. These make-do women exhibited courage, steadfastness, and hope in the face of incredible fears. Buy the series of books HERE.

Gail's Veggie Pastry Pie
Adapted from a WWII recipe - enough to feed a hungry man. I use GF baking flour.
Vegetables can be varied to taste.

12 oz whole wheat flour with 3 teaspoons baking powder
large pinch of salt
3 oz margarine (or dripping)


10 oz scrubbed diced cooked potatoes with skins
4 medium carrots diced
1 sauteed large onion or 1 finely chopped leek
herbs, salt, pepper

Sift flour with salt, add margarine, add water a little at a time and form into pastry. Steam carrots and potatoes, mix with a little margarine, salt, pepper and herbs. Add onions or leeks. Divide the pastry into fourths and roll each one into a round. Put mixture in center of each round, wet pastry edges with water and pull one side over the other, press down edges and prick the top with a fork. Brush with a little milk and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 mins until crisp and brown. Serve hot. Drizzle cheese over the top if desired.