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Roasted White Chocolate Berry Tart (gluten free), a Virtual Baby Shower and a Trip to Kentucky for G.E. Monogram

October 17, 2012
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“How the hell did he know how to make a gluten-free tart without a recipe?” wondered my friend Brian, as I presented my Gluten Free Roasted White Chocolate Berry Tart along with my teammates, the awesome Heather of Farmgirl Gourmet and the fabulous Lisa of With Style and Grace. We were all visiting Louisville, Kentucky […]

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Nectarine Blackberry Open Faced Pie and a Pie Party for 18 Reason’s DIY Desserts

June 20, 2012
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I’m going to throw out a few words at you: Nectarines. Blackberries. Pie. What do you have? The makings of what could be a pretty straightforward pie for our second annual “Pie Day” celebration! But no, this pie is a little bit fancy schmancy because the roots of our “Pie Day” was to create a […]

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Southeast Asian inspired vegan Apple Blackberry Pie with coconut crumb and coconut scented crust

November 5, 2010

Peter and Grant are the fanciest friends that I know. They are the only people I know that actually own not one but multiple tuxedos (one can only assume because one is never sure when one will have to go to back to back black tie events). They were the people I went to French Laundry the second time I went (remind me to tell you how I went the first time, it’s relatively amusing). And they are the only people I know who actually shop at Brooks Brothers, without any sense of irony whatsoever. And, of course, they are the ones that inspired me to take a simple basic all American dessert like an apple pie and make it all fancy. I present to you, the Southeast Asian Inspired Apple Blackberry Pie with coconut crumb topping and coconut scented crust.

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Vanilla & Almond Scented Apricot Plum Summerberry Pie for a visiting pie fanatic friend.

August 10, 2010

After the insanity of the Pie or Die contest weekend, you’d think I’d be totally pie-d out. As in, I never want to see a pie ever again….or at least for a week or two. But that didn’t happen. Why? Because my friend Stacy was visiting right after the event and she LOVES LOVES LOVES pies. And who am I to deny her pie? I decided to head back into the kitchen, see what I had around the house and bake up another one. Luckily I had a some pie crust leftover from the SF Food Wars in the back of the fridge (this made me think that EVERYONE should have pie crust at their disposable. Pies are really so easy to make if you already have ready made pie crust! I think I might have to make some pie crust and freeze it). Though a bit of a hodgepodge of flavors, this Vanilla & Almond Scented Apricot Plum Summerberry Pie summarizes my personality in one tasty flaky crust package. A bit of this, a bit of that, slightly sweet, slightly flaky, slightly spicy with a kick and completely pragmatic (use up fruit in the fridge before it goes bad!) and dare I say it, pretty darn easy (Hmmm. Now what does that say about me?).

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Rhubarb Berry Steamed Pudding – the Daring Baker’s Challenge, April 2010

April 28, 2010

In a fit of anxiety that I wouldn’t have anything to blog about (apparently that’s not an issue as I seem to have a backlog of posts that I’m trying to catch up on) I joined the Daring Kitchen group Daring Baker’s Challenge. For those not in the know, they challenge everyone in the group to bake the same thing and then post simultaneously the results of the baking on the 27th of the month. The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

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