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Double Chocolate Pecan Pie

6 Comments | Written on November 17, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Do you ever feel like you can’t choose between two different pies at Thanksgiving?  Part of you wants the traditional Pecan Pie, yet a rich chocolate dessert is also calling your name.  This dilemma is over!  The winner of our “Best Pie Recipe Ever” contest is sure to become a new family favorite.  Congratulations to “lattemadness” for her award-winning “Double Chocolate Pecan Pie!”

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Cherry Ice Cream Pie

2 Comments | Written on September 25, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

As I said in yesterday’s post, right now I am packing up all my essentials on the West coast and heading East.  I am leaving the land of perpetual summer for the seasonal weather of New York City.  I think this recipe somehow feels like summer, but can be enjoyed all year long.  It’s a very unique pie that will keep you curious bite after bite.

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Cranberry Rum Pie

No Comments | Written on December 19, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Can you tell I have holiday desserts on my mind this week?  This elegant “Cranberry Rum Pie” is easy to prepare for a family gathering by using a refrigerated pie crust.  I love how festive it looks when garnished with sugared cranberries and mint sprigs.  Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a dash of rum in their dessert!

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Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie Pie

1 Comment | Written on November 20, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Imagine everything you love about a Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie…in the form of a Pie!  The oats, nuts, and raisins – all wrapped up in a prepared pie crust.  This winning recipe from our recent “Pie” contest is so easy to prepare, you can definitely whip it up just in time for the holidays.

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As American As Apple Pie and Karjalanpiirakat

4 Comments | Written on October 6, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Welcome to “The Great American Dinner Party!”  This is an online celebration of the debut of “Made in America:  Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food” written by the outstanding Lucy Lean.

Now, what exactly is a “virtual” dinner party you ask?  All this week a group of fabulous food bloggers are celebrating the release of Lucy’s cookbook with posts about comfort food, party planning, recipes from the cookbook, and more.  We are all “bringing something to the party” if you will!  (Below you can find links to others who have RSVP’d.)

The cookbook features reinvented comfort food favorites from acclaimed chefs from all over  the country.  I haven’t seen the book yet, but from the previews I am simply  drooling with anticipation.  The list of contributing chefs read like the program at the James Beard Awards.

I pondered the idea of Made in America, what it means to me, and how I might contribute to the party.  I thought about my favorite comfort foods and the memories they evoke. In the end, I kept coming back to two things:  Apple Pie and Karjalanpiirakat.  

I know, it sounds wild…let me explain….

You see these two recipes most adequately represent the two sides of my family, my background, and my culinary point of view.  First off, the idea of this book so appeals to me because I am quite literally “As American as Apple Pie.”  My mom’s side came over only a few boats after the Mayflower.  They were pilgrims, pioneers, and Revolutionary War heroes.

My passion for food first began with this apple pie.  I used to enter it every year  in the Lake County Fair, and it brought home too many ribbons to count.

View Recipe:  “Grand Champion Apple Pie”

But America wasn’t built only by our first settlers, we grew and thrived through immigration and a patchwork quilt of international influences.  My background  follows a similar path as my Dad’s family came here from Finland.   That’s where my next contribution to the party comes in:  Karjalanpiirakat.

Nope,  don’t even try to pronounce it.

These rice filled rye pastries are a Finnish staple.  They can be enjoyed any time of day with a hearty spread of egg butter.  I will be the first to admit they are a pain in the neck to prepare.  The old Finnish rule of thumb is the rye should be rolled so thin,  if held up to the light you should be able to see “seven churches” through the  paper thin pastry.

View Recipe:  “Karjalanpiirakat”  (Finnish Karelian Pies)

Both of these foods evoke the visceral memories of warmth, togetherness and love.  Comfort food defined.

The apple pie is on the Thanksgiving table every year.  The Karelian pies remind me of summers in Helsinki, chatting around the table with my cousins until the wee hours of the morning.  Oblivious of the time because of the laughter and the bright Midnight Sun.

I hope all of you can check out this new book, explore the pages filled with  similar memories and recipes from some of the nation’s greatest chefs.  Leave a comment here with your favorite comfort food memory or tweet it with the  hashtag  #MadeinAmericaDinner .  I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!  The diversity of our backgrounds and our experiences  is what makes this country and our cuisine so beautiful.

Interested in attending the Made in America launch party?  Read all about it here.  Even better, how about the Made in America weekend coming up October 27-30 at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii!  (I mean, what’s better than celebrating America with our 50th state?)

Finally, if you want to purchase the book, simply follow this link to Amazon.  Lucy is even willing to send you personal signed bookplates if you are interested in an author signed copy.

Follow these links for other participating bloggers and their contributions to the dinner party!

Lucy   http://www.ladlesandjellyspoons.com/http://www.ladlesandjellyspoons.com/2011/10/made-in-america-great-american-dinner-party/

Rachael  http://www.lafujimama.com/http://www.lafujimama.com/2011/10/poached-alaskan-king-crab-salad/

Nicole  http://pinchmysalt.com/

Greg   http://www.sippitysup.com/

Jaden  http://steamykitchen.com/

Maggy  http://threemanycooks.com/

Georgia  http://georgiapellegrini.com/http://georgiapellegrini.com/2011/10/04/blog/made-in-america/

Gaby  http://whatsgabycooking.com/

Marla  http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/www.familyfreshcooking.com/2011/10/04/gluten-free-pumpkin-pie-tart-recipe/

Brooke  http://www.foodwoolf.com/

Michael http://foodforthethoughtless.com/

Nancy  http://www.acommunaltable.com/

Amanda  http://iammommy.typepad.com/i_am_baker/http://www.iammommy.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/10/made-in-america-lucy-lean.html

Amanda   http://www.kevinandamanda.com/

Esi  http://dishingupdelights.blogspot.com/http://dishingupdelights.blogspot.com/2011/10/chocolate-walnut-oatmeal-freezer.html

Carrie   http://deliciouslyorganic.net/http://deliciouslyorganic.net/crawfish-etouffee-made-in-america/

Molly   http://www.organicspark.com/

Aida  http://www.aidamollenkamp.com/http://www.aidamollenkamp.com/2011/10/made-in-america-book-release/

Debbie  http://www.theculinarycellar.com/

The Urban Baker – http://www.theurbanbaker.com/a-traditional-lasagne-recipe-and-dinner-with-lucy-lean/



Individual Lattice Top Berry Pies

2 Comments | Written on September 2, 2011 at 5:00 am , by


Hard to say…easy to make!

That really is just a fancy way of saying “Raspberry Blueberry Pie” in Finnish.  A few years back I lived in Finland for the summer and fell in love with the array of fresh berries at the outdoor market in Helsinki.  There I am by a strawberry vendor!

Last week I spotted this gorgeous array of berries at the Studio City farmer’s market closer to my home in California.  I was flooded with inspiration for recipes I came to know and love while living abroad.  (I’d like to say that “mustikka-vadelmapiirakka” instantly popped into my head, but honestly, I don’t speak Finnish that well…)

I love this recipe because it is so easy to prepare and embraces the beauty of summer berries.  It is the perfect dessert for the holiday weekend!  

What is your favorite summer berry?





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Here is what you will need for the pies:

1)  Puff pastry

2)  Blueberries

3)  Raspberries

4)  Corn starch

5)  Sugar

Individual Blueberry Raspberry Lattice Top Pies (click here to view and print recipe)

1 package (16 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed

2 cups fresh raspberries, or frozen unsweetened raspberries

2 cups fresh blueberries, or frozen unsweetened blueberries

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Thaw the pastry and cut into 1 inch strips to fit the size of your baking dishes.  In a large bowl, combine the raspberries, blueberries, cornstarch, and sugar.  Divide among the baking dishes.  Place the pastry strips on top of the filling in a lattice pattern.   Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until teh filling bubbles and the pastry is lightly browned.  Serve hot or warm.

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Thanksgiving Pie-a-Palooza!

1 Comment | Written on November 15, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

What is sweeter than a Thanksgiving pie?  Cold, hard cash!

This week, you have a chance at $2500 just by entering your best “Thanksgiving Dessert” recipe.  Upload you best pie, cake, tart, cookie, etc… and you could win big!  The holidays are right around the corner – who doesn’t need a little extra dough?!

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If you are looking for dessert ideas this Thanksgiving, Better Recipes has a plethora of options for you to choose from.  In fact, we have a list of the “Top 10 Thanksgiving Desserts!”  Here are a few of my favorites…



Why choose between an apple pie and a cheesecake for dessert this Thanksgiving?  Enjoy both in this decadent indulgence.

9-mini pumpkin pies


When you are full of turkey and all the trimmings, these bite-sized pumpkin pies are just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.  They are the perfect ending to a big Thanksgiving meal. Be sure to check out our “Thanksgiving in 1 Hour” video featuring this recipe!

7-butternut squash tart


Why limit yourself to just pumpkin?  Amy Green from “Simply Sugar and Gluten Free”  uses butternut squash to create a unique dessert for your Thanksgiving table.  In addition, she uses agave instead of refined sugar in the recipe.

2-fisher nuts pie


A traditional pumpkin pie is topped with a walnut and spice streusel in this recipe from Fisher Nuts.  It is sure to become an annual tradition on your Thanksgiving menu!

1-Crisco Sweet Potato Pie


Sweet potato pie is another great dessert recipe for Thanksgiving.  If you are frightened by the idea of making a pie, you are not alone! Every year thousands of home chefs who need a little help in the kitchen call the pie baking experts at the Crisco® Pie Hotline (1-877-FOR PIE TIPS) to take the mystery out of creating perfect pies every time.

 From troubleshooting with live pie experts to practical storage solutions and tips for cutting prep time, the Crisco Pie Hotline is a one-stop resource to help ease the stress of holiday baking. A live pie expert can be reached Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET year round and step-by-step instructions, visual demonstrations and award-winning hints and tricks are only one click away at www.crisco.com.

For bakers, who are seeking last minute, one-on-one advice during peak moments in the holiday season, the Crisco Pie Hotline will offer extended hours from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET from November 15-24 and December 13-23.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and, of course, stress-free Thanksgiving!  If you have any questions or need any recipes, don’t hesitate to ask.  Better Recipes is here for you!

Serve Up A Scrumptious Baby Shower

No Comments | Written on July 7, 2010 at 5:00 am , by

Are you welcoming a new bundle of joy into the world?  Serve up this scrumptious dessert to your guests at the baby shower!  I love that this Lime and Sour Cream Pie can be prepared ahead of time and served right from the refrigerator.  Decorate the table with cute and whimsical fabric or get really creative and use a binky as a napkin ring!


3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

2-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup half-and-half

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sour cream

1 baked 9-inch pie shell

1 cup whipping cream

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1. Combine 3/4 cup sugar with cornstarch and lime peel in a medium saucepan; mix well.  Add lime juice and stir until smooth.  Blend in half-and-half and butter.  Place over medium heat and stir until mixture thickens and starts to boil, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool, stirring occasionally. Fold in sour cream.  Turn mixture into baked pie shell.

2.  Combine whipping cream and 2 Tablespoons sugar in bowl of electric mixer.  Whip until soft peaks form.  Spread atop pie and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Pie can be made ahead and kept refrigerated.  Makes 8 servings.