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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Our Five Most Instagram-Worthy Recipes

Where do I go when I want to find recipe inspiration, breaking trends and pictures of adorable dogs? Instagram, obviously. And now your recipe-browsing repertoire is better than ever because we’re on there too! To celebrate our new @kraftrecipes digs, I present to you my top five most Instagram-worthy recipes (this month, anyway…). They’re the full #recipeoftheday package: beautiful, easy and—perhaps most importantly—completely delicious.

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Chocolate for Christmas: The Canadian Tradition

Nanaimo bars are creamy, chocolatey squares that originated in Nanaimo (pronounced nah-NYE-moe), Canada, a small town just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, the origins of the bar (aside from its location) are unknown. When I lived in Victoria back in 2007, I was determined to make a trip to Nanaimo just to say that I had been there…and of course I ate a Nanaimo bar. The bars are so popular in that city that tourism officials produced a “self-guided trail” brochure, leading tourists to several locations offering traditional Nanaimo bars and variations. Continue reading

Easiest Ever Mini Cranberry Cheesecakes

You know how the holidays go, right? You have a bunch of guests that are coming to your house and you need to put a delicious meal on the table that will impress them. This is usually how my holidays go. Each side of my family gets together every year around a big table of food. Our menu is always filled with appetizers, salads, side and main dishes and of course dessert—one of my favorite parts of the holidays. I love trying new desserts but I also like to have a tried and true recipe in my back pocket that is easy to make but impresses a crowd. And let’s not forget it has to be easy.  Continue reading

You’ve Never Done This With Coconut! Plus the Best Dessert to Make With It

Growing up, one way my mother expressed her love and appreciation for our family was through the effort she put into the delicious Thanksgiving desserts she tirelessly made from scratch every year. Bringing a homemade dessert to the holiday feast is my way of sharing that loving feeling, passed down from my mom, with my friends and family. Continue reading

A New Pumpkin-Cheesecake-Inspired Fall Go-To Dessert

Bring on the pumpkin! While I can pretty much enjoy pumpkin treats throughout the year, pumpkin really becomes the star of my dishes once the chill of fall is in the air and the leaves start to turn. I love making this Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Lush Dessert — not only is it easy to make, but it’s crowd-pleasing as well. The cheesecake pudding, gingersnaps, pumpkin-flavored topping and crunchy pecans magically meld overnight into one lush and creamy dessert. Continue reading