Eyes on the Pies

Ripe, juicy summer fruit is bursting from grocery and farmers’ markets these days. Time for me to grab my rolling pin and reach for the pie recipes! The window of opportunity to make desserts from perfectly ripe berries or peaches is brief but glorious, and I’m asking just one thing of you: Take advantage of the bounty while it lasts and make a pie. Any kind! Blueberry pie, double-berry pies, fruit-stuffed hand pies…they’re all amazing. And with the right recipes (*cough* like the ones I picked below *cough*), they can be ridiculously easy to make too.

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3(.14) Pies for Pi Day

It’s not every day you can eat dessert in the name of mathematics…but today you can. Because on the 14th day of March each year, pi has its moment in the sun. The digits of this mathematical constant are recited in schoolrooms across the nation (well, some of the digits), songs sung about its discoverers (I’m not even joking) and, of course, slices shared of that most fabulous of all circular desserts—pie! It’s a fun holiday, any way you slice it.

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3 Microwave Hacks for the Best Pecan Pie of Your Life

Is there anything worse than getting ready to bake and finding your brown sugar is basically hard enough to cut glass? This seems to happen to me every Thanksgiving Eve when I’m already coated in flour, reeking of onions and garlic, and in the middle of three other Thanksgiving recipes. Fortunately, there’s one quick microwave trick to solve this problem—and a couple more that are even easier if you have the foresight to check your sugar more than five minutes before you need it. Continue reading

An Easy Rustic Pie To Simplify Thanksgiving Dessert

Because my mom loves to cook, she’s taken on the responsibility of feeding our entire family during the holidays. To avoid exhaustion, she’s been utilizing shortcuts, especially when it comes to dessert. Instead of spending an entire day baking her famous pies, she’s now purchasing pies from local bakeries or making simpler desserts at home. I love that she embraces the true reason we have gathered: to spend quality time together. Continue reading

Cheesecake Goes Festive

When the holidays roll around, most of my friends start making cookies and pies, but I enjoy making cheesecakes. A cheesecake recipe is so versatile. You can dress it up just about any which way. Whether you incorporate new flavors into the filling or experiment with different toppings, the options are endless. It’s the perfect dessert for any holiday or occasion. Continue reading