Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

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My mother-in-law always prepares a pecan pie for Christmas dinner dessert. My husband and I decided to step out of the classic pecan pie box, and we tried this recipe for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving which was a huge hit. Start by using a frozen pie crust. I used a regular size, but a deep-dish would work well too. Brush the edges with cream to give the crust a golden color. If you only have eggs on hand, that works too. Beat the eggs slightly and brush around the edges of the crust to give a glossy crust color. If you want to omit the bourbon, you may, but it gives it an extra southern bold flavor. You may want to make two pies while you’re at it because one goes fast! Enjoy this holiday season and year round or give as a holiday gift!

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies

Are you planning your Thanksgiving menu? My sisters and I are, and we realized one issue we have every year is that we make way too many desserts. We typically prepare a pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate pecan pie, carrot cake, and it goes on and on. No joke! I decided to try this recipe from an old Southern Living Magazine recipe for Mini Pecan Pies, and they were a hit! I tweaked it just slightly, and it’s heavenly. I figured this way, we have plenty of pecan pie, and now we really only need one more dessert. This also makes a great Christmas party idea, so I hope you like it!

 

Apple Pie Recipe

I know it’s my second apple related post this week, but my kids and I have been so into apples lately. We all have been craving a warm apple pie so I love this Apple Pie recipe from my friend, Rosemary. This was SO good! My youngest son, Zachary, said it was “spectacular”. This Apple Pie recipe is super easy too and lighter than most, and it’s great with or without a scoop of ice cream. See why to eat more apples in my post on the Health Benefits of Apples. Have a great rest of your week 🙂

Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb typically has a short season from April to June. My friend’s mom has been making Rhubarb Pie for years. When I saw it in her refrigerator, I couldn’t wait to try it and get the recipe to share. Rhubarb are eaten like a fruit though it is technically a vegetable. Don’t eat the leaves as they contain oxalic acid, which is toxic. Because rhubarb is very tart, it’s typically served with berries or sugar. I also didn’t know that in traditional Chinese medicine, rhubarb roots have been used as a laxative for several thousand years. Rhubarb is also high in calcium, vitamin K and antioxidants. If you haven’t tried it before, this pie is well worth the try.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie: Thanksgiving Dessert

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! I wanted to share with you my newest favorite Thanksgiving dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie. It’s so easy to prepare with only 15 minutes of  hands-on time. Adding Oatmeal to this pie makes it a little bit healthier and gives the texture a twist. My three kids are in love with this dessert so I’ll be making several for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Feel free to use dark chocolate chips instead of semisweet if you wish. Trust me, you will love this Thanksgiving dessert! Happy holidays everyone!

S’mores Ice Cream Pie

My kids and I have been making a lot of S’mores this summer. I  had the idea of a S’more’s Ice Cream Pie, and I quickly put this recipe together. I used fudge ripple ice cream, but feel free to use any flavor of your favorite ice cream. You could also sprinkle the top with chocolate shavings, but kids were in such a hurry to eat it, I didn’t even have the time. Oh, well, here’s to summer 2012!

In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This weekend I have been in search of a great Pumpkin Pie recipe to make for Thanksgiving. You see, I’m getting off easy this year (yea!). I’ve hosted Thanksgiving at my house the past several years, but my sister and I swapped holidays this year (her request). I still have to make several things to bring to our family event of over 20 people. Since she assigned me the Pumpkin Pie, I have been searching for something new and different. The recipe (above) is a Pecan Streusel Topping from my friend Marge at A Sweet and Savory Sweet Life. It looks so fabulous, and it was one of the first ones I came across. Here are some others, including a “lightened up recipe from Cooking Light as well as vegan version. Enjoy!

Cheesecake Pumpkin Pecan Pie by Parsley Sage, Desserts and Line Drives

Pumpkin Pie Pops from Munchkin Munchies

 Pumpkin Pie Bites from Bakerella

 Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Vegetarian Times

Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Cooking Light

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Taste of Summer: Savory Tomato-Basil Pie

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When I worked at Southern Living Magazine, we tested a lot of Tomato Pie recipes. I have been searching for one without mayonnaise that was lighter, healthier and still tasted great. My assistant, Alatia, told me about one that she made recently. This Tomato-Basil Pie is super easy, and it makes great use of summery fresh tomatoes and basil. My kids said it tasted similar to a pizza, and they loved it. This is a great recipe idea for a party appetizer, light main-dish dinner or lunch. Serve with a drizzle of balsamic if you like. It’s a true taste of summer.

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Oh My: S’More’s Pie

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I have been on a S’mores kick lately as you will see in the coming days. I came up with this recipe by accident. I was trying to get rid of some ingredients from another s’mores recipe project I was working on for “Makes and Takes”, a great website for craft ideas, kid’s craft ideas, food and fun, and I ended up with this. When I put the photograph up on twitter and facebook, everyone went nuts. So here it is. It’s not a “light” recipe, but here are some ways to lighten it up and make it a tiny bit healthier. Use a store-bought reduced-fat graham cracker crust.  Use dark chocolate morsels instead of semisweet. Otherwise, take small bites and enjoy. Trust me, adults as well as kids will love it! As for the other s’more recipe, I created for Makes and Takes, it’s coming soon.