• Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie

    Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie

I’m seriously kicking myself right now because I just tossed the last bit of pumpkin puree I had in my refrigerator because I have zero energy to cook or bake anything right now. And then I found this old blog post I’d been meaning to write up…. Indeed, ’tis the season for my ever-recurring bronchitis to return, hence the lack of energy, and unfortunately this coincides with pumpkin season too. Nonetheless, there is no reason for you not to make this recipe in my place. Not quite pumpkin pie, not quite chocolate chip cookie, just call it pumpkin chocolate chip cookie pie. Heck, once you take a bite you’ll forget about the whole name thing and you’ll ask for some ice cream. You can find the recipe here… And before you forget to do so, I’m going to suggest you Pin this, bookmark it, whatever you need to do to […]

  • Cherry pie with almond crumble Cherry pie with almond crumble

    Cherry pie with almond crumble

Cherry pie with almond crumble

  For me,  nothing says summer more than a fruit pie. Still, in the summer I like to be out and about instead of sweating over the perfect pie crust which is one of the reasons I prefer a crumble to a pie covered with crust. While farmers’ markets in our area often carry amazing pies made from their own produce, I can’t always find the one pie that I really hanker after – cherry pie. One of my favourite pie makers in Toronto, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, makes an amazing cherry pie. In my last year of high school, I spent many Friday evenings capping off an evening studying session at the Toronto Reference Library with a piece of warmed up cherry pie. She’s since moved from that Yorkville location but some upscale grocers still carry her pie and I buy it when I can. Still, this recipe […]

  • Strawberry-Pistachio Tart Strawberry-Pistachio Tart

    Strawberry-Pistachio Tart

Strawberry-Pistachio Tart

  My, my, my. It has been a while hasn’t it? Long-time readers of my blog may notice this photo was taken before I got my fancy camera, so that will give some hint of just how long it’s been. And still – still – the colours sing on your screen, don’t they? Just imagine how it looks in person. I just couldn’t bring myself to blog about this when it was cold and blustery, however. And now, that the weather has been consistently warm and sunny for at least a couple of weeks my attention has also turned to fruits and pies and summer-time treats. And while I love baking cakes and cookies from scratch, I like to let fruits speak for themselves when they are in season. So when I saw this recipe in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine, I knew it ticked off a few boxes – easy, […]

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts

Chocolate Chip Cookie Tarts

  Do you love chocolate chip cookies? Do you love the buttery goodness of a pie? Do you want to whip up something quickly with what you have in your pantry? You’ll want to bookmark this post. I first read about Bakerella’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie, when a friend of mine told me she was making this recipe alongside pumpkin pie for their family’s Thanksgiving celebrations. I was intrigued, and I couldn’t resist searching for the ingredients in my pantry. I usually have a frozen pie crust or two in my freezer but when I realized I ran out, I thought I was out of luck. Fortunately, I found a box of frozen tart shells which I used instead. About half of the batter was left over but I just froze it until I was able to buy the frozen pie shells and make the pie version on another date. […]

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  • Momofuku Milk Bar’s Crack Pie Momofuku Milk Bar’s Crack Pie

    Momofuku Milk Bar’s Crack Pie

Momofuku Milk Bar’s Crack Pie

$1>$1>   What can I say about this pie that hasn’t already been said? One bite and you’re hooked. It’ll make an addict out of you. Yadda yadda yadda. Thing is, I made this pie out of sheer curiosity. After attempting to buy a single pie from David Chang’s Momufuku Milk Bar online, for $44US, only to be informed they don’t ship to Canada, I was nearly perspiring from the sheer torture of not knowing what a $44 pie would taste like. I’m a bit of a food snob. If it costs more, it must taste better, right? $1> So I did what any normal person would do. I found the recipe and baked it myself. In fact, I baked two of them at a fraction of the price. Was it like crack? Was it love at first bite? Did I think about it day and night? Well, no. But […]

  • Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream

    Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream

Bobby Flay’s pumpkin pie with cinnamon crunch and bourbon-maple whipped cream

  I have to admit I was wary when making this pie from Bobby Flay’s new book “Throwdown!”, which features recipes from his cooking challenge show on Food Network. For one, whenever he is challenged on his baking skills, he is nervous because he knows baking is not his forte. Second, even he acknowledges taking the easy way out by making a graham cracker crust rather than making a pastry crust. Third, he admits the “Throwdown” show audience booed him for using pumpkin puree from a can. Well, he won the challenge. So when my co-worker and I agreed to bring pumpkin pie leftover from our Thanksgiving celebrations, and be judged by our peers in an informal “Throwdown” of our own,  I was feeling pretty unbeatable. After all, I’m the more domestic of the two of us – married with a kid and I bake all the time, while my competitor […]

  • Bourbon and orange pecan pie Bourbon and orange pecan pie

    Bourbon and orange pecan pie

Bourbon and orange pecan pie

  I have already made this four times in as many weeks. You’ve heard me whingeing about my lack of time before, so what’s the deal? I tore this recipe out of one of my favourite magazines, “Real Simple.” And sure enough, this recipe is real simple. What’s the secret? Well, as the labour and delivery nurse told me while I was delaying getting the epidural during my labour “Don’t be a shero.” After having a child I no longer try to be a shero. If there are shortcuts, I might just take them. The shortcut here, purists don’t stop reading, is using a ready-made pie crust. I used frozen Tenderflake. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no substitute for a homemade pastry crust. And I have made homemade pastry crusts to great success other times, but this shortcut was too tempting to refuse. And the shocking thing is that every time […]