rose to the occasion – apple frangipane tart

November 23, 2015
Apple Frangipane Tart

  When M said he wanted a pie—preferable with apples—for his birthday instead of a cake, I was speechless. An apple pie is fine for some occasions, but it’s not the most visually celebratory item. I realized it was his birthday, and he should have his wish. My challenge was to make this pie look […]

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pie party potluck LIVE 2015 recap

October 15, 2015
Pie Party Potluck LIVE 2015 Recap

Jackie the Diva and I started hosting Pie Party in 2011 as an event where food bloggers could gather and socialize over their sweet and savory pies. Each person was responsible for bringing a pie, tart—or a variation baked good that involved a crust.

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ooey gooey – mississippi hazelmud tart

August 27, 2015
Mississippi Hazelmud Tart

  Mississippi Mud desserts usually fall into two camps: a pie with ice cream or pudding filling; or a cake/brownie. Either way, the result is intensely chocolate, rich in texture, and sublimely decadent—all the while resembling the mud of the Mississippi riverbanks.

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a parisian in new york – brandied apricot-almond hand pie

July 30, 2015
Brandied Apricot-Almond Hand Pie

  On a gorgeous sunny morning in Paris two weeks ago, we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and promptly head to Du Pain et Des Idées for our first Parisian breakfast. It was not an easy task to make a choice among the bounty of fresh pastries and breads.

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prunus maximus – cherry almond tart

July 2, 2015
Cherry Almond Tart

Cherries were prized by ancient Chinese royalty and the wealthy. Besides the fruit, cherry wood was believed to ward off evil spirits—even today, Chinese families place cherry branches over their doors on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. Statues carved from the wood stand guard at the front of homes.

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so berry – fresh strawberry cream pie

June 18, 2015
Fresh Strawberry & Cream Pie

  The perfume of strawberries fills the hot afternoon air at the Farmer’s Market. As much I think of them as berries, they aren’t.

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bananarama – banana cream cake

May 21, 2015
Banana Cream Cake

  Originally found in South East Asia, mainly India, bananas were brought west by Arab conquerors around 327 B.C., first to Asia Minor, then Africa. Explorers and missionaries eventually carried them to the Caribbean. Mass production of bananas began in 1834 and it wasn’t until the late 1880s before they became popular.

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home sweet homework – silky matcha blackberry pie

May 7, 2015
Silky Matcha Blackberry Pie

  If you like to bake pies, you probably have a go-to recipe for the crust. Maybe it’s an all-butter one or a combination of butter and shortening. Perhaps, there’s sour cream or vinegar in it. Whatever your favorite, a well-baked piecrust is the perfect vessel for a plethora of fillings that speaks the language […]

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ghost town – chestnut ‘montblanc’ tart

January 30, 2015
Chestnut 'Montblanc' Tart

  The biggest blizzard ever . . . didn’t land in NYC on Monday. In stead, we got a ghost town with just enough snow to briefly cover sidewalks and streets. People tried to get home before subways and busses stopped running. Stores and restaurants closed in the early evening.

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gift of nothing – french plum tart

October 3, 2014
French Plum Tart

  It’s been a rather quiet week with few pressing matters, so I got to settle into the groove of baking and use this perfect opportunity to come up with a fresh list of desserts. More time in the kitchen may not sound exciting, but when baking is usually squeezed between errands and obligations, an […]

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my maine thing – blueberry coconut-lime pie

September 12, 2014
Blueberry Coconut-Lime Pie

  Before and after our annual road trip to Maine, I’m thinking about blueberries. Besides the ubiquitous lobster rolls, fried clam bellies, and seaside taffy, there is one thing I must savor in Ogunquit—the Blueberry Martini.

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