Sweet Cherry Pie

When I saw Deb’s sweet cherry pie, I was in love. I wondered how I could have possibly forgotten about cherry pie–I mean is that a classic or what?

Everybody loves pie, and almost everybody loves cherries, and all together, you’ve got a treat that will be gobbled up in no time. With a delicious, flaky, buttery crust, and that seductively dark, juicy cherry filling, there’s a reason this pie is a classic. There’s one surprising ingredient in the mix though: black pepper! Ironically, you won’t be able to detect it much in the finished pie, however it serves to give the cherries an even sweeter, flavorful intensity than they would have on their own (sort of like balsamic and strawberries).

  • 1 pie crust
  • ~4 cups Bing cherries
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup sugar

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You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts: The Roundup!

A month ago, I called on the creative food bloggers out there to tempt us all with some delicious frozen desserts to get us through the summer with a food blog event: You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts! Being a big fan of ice cream, I was hoping to see what other fun things you all could come up with, and I was blown away with the results.

I just wanted to say thanks to all of the participants! There’s definitely something here for every palette and it should have you all screaming for ice cream (and many other frozen desserts). Bookmark this page or pass it on to your friends who could be swayed to try making some frozen desserts of their own rather than picking up something from the store!… click to read more…

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My Mom’s Deadly Dark Chocolate Kahlua Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Just like during Strawberry Seduction, my mom, a regular reader of this blog, had to join in on the fun, but this time, for You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Dessert. So without a blog of her own and always resisting my pushing her to have one (since she loves reading the comments! 😛 ), I am hosting her ice cream entry here. So here is her entry without any further interruptions from me: Deadly Dark Chocolate Kahlua Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Our family has always had a love for chocolate and Kahlua is out favorite drink, so why not combine the two for Michael’s desserts?

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 9 ounces sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2

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Graham Cracker Pie Crust

I always avoided pies/cakes that called for graham cracker crusts. Something just seemed not right about buying graham crackers, mushing them up, and pressing it into a pie pan. Sort of like how I don’t like to buy pre-made pie crusts (maybe I’m neurotic?). So imagine my delight when happened upon a better way to make a graham cracker batter (and crust) from scratch!

The common mush-up-the-store-bought-graham-cracker method is pretty tough to compete with when it comes to difficulty, but this is also quite easy (much easier than a pâte brisée, so breathe easy!) and need I say that it tastes better? Plus, if you have leftover batter after you line your pie pans, you can just roll it out and make graham crackers! Its a piece of cake…er, easy as pie…crust. Yea, onto the recipe.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter

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You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts: A call for posts!

After the big success of Strawberry Seduction a few months back, I’ve been eager to put together another food blog event. I was floored by the enthusiasm, creativity, and mouth-watering dishes that you all sent in. So I decided it was finally time to host another seasonally appropriate event: You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts!

Regular readers of my blog know I’m a big fan of ice cream. I was happily the odd one out there making ice creams in the dead of winter. But now with the heat of summer finally bearing down on many of us, there won’t be quite so many raised eye brows over ice cream. So I’m calling on you, fellow food bloggers, to put your creativity towards cooling off with something sweet this summer. Create some delicious, summery frozen desserts–whetherclick to read more…

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Mango Nutella Crêpes

Once I conquered my fear of making crepes and realized I could quite easily make these at home rather than reserving them as a treat best left to the hands of someone more experienced, they found their way into my weekend breakfast repertoire. Pancakes, waffles, bagels, and omelettes are all great Saturday morning breakfast food, but there’s no reason not to include some delicious Mango Nutella Crêpes in your routine as well.

After having made my first batch of crêpes, I still had a ton of nutella in the pantry, and nutella just screams crêpes to me (and in unison, my belly was also screaming crêpes, so it was decided). So while local strawberries have come and gone, it was onto another favorite fruit that has been looking pretty darn good on the store shelves these days: mangoes! Yes, this isn’t tremendously different from the prior crêpes, but… click to read more…

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