pies and pastries

chocolate peanut butter tart

chocolate peanut butter tart

It has been really good to feel like things have been settling down recently.  Don’t get me wrong, we have still had a lot going on; but in general I feel like we have been back to our normal life rhythms.  Which has also meant I’ve been back in the kitchen cooking and trying to … more

peanut butter torte

peanut butter torte

We have had a lot to celebrate this month, so I’m going to start at the end and work my way backwards. First of all, this past weekend we traveled down to Auburn (my college town) for the wedding of one of my closest childhood friends.  Our moms are best friends and we grew up together … more

pecan pie

pecan pie

As usual, our Thanksgiving was eventful.  Mostly because I was painting my parents’ walls two days before Thanksgiving, my mom was painting baseboards on Wednesday morning before family arrived, and when I went over to help on Wednesday afternoon (cleaning and cleaning and cleaning) we finished with just about 10 minutes to spare before the … more

brownie pie

brownie pie

This was mine and Gerrit’s exact conversation regarding this dessert: Me: We’re having brownie pie for dessert tonight when your parents come over. Gerrit: Oh, yum!  It sounds kind of like the cappuccino chocolate chip pie my mom makes. Me:  Maybe?  I don’t really remember.  I mean, there’s no cappuccino in it. Gerrit: It’s basically … more

low(er) fat chocolate pudding pie

low(er) fat chocolate pudding pie

So I know it’s Christmas season and this is a kind of  pie that might make you think summery thoughts.  But it’s still chocolate, so I think that counts as holiday baking. I really don’t feel like I have a lot to say about pie though today.  I can tell you this: I made this … more