Baking · Desserts · Pie

Honeycrisp Dutch Apple Pie

A mournful thick rain is pelting my office classroom playroom window tonight as I sit typing with a belly that is full and happy. Full because it's stuffed with layers of perfectly spiced apple, buttery flaky crust and crunchy crumble topping. Happy basking in the glow of warm friendship and thankfulness. My girlfriend Rachel brought… Continue reading Honeycrisp Dutch Apple Pie

Baking · Desserts

Blueberries and Cream Pie

Are you a crust or filling person? Pie eaters (I've found) fall into one of these two distinct categories. Those who tolerate the crust as a means for getting gorgeous amazing delicious filling into their mouths. And those who believe a flaky light crust absolutely is the best thing about pie. That the filling is… Continue reading Blueberries and Cream Pie

Baking · Bread

Easy French Bread

My husband says I should call this Freedom Bread. But I just can't do it. French bread is a classic. One of the foods I would want if I was ever on a deserted island (and cheese/butter please). I made this quickly and easily in my bread machine, but you can do this recipe even… Continue reading Easy French Bread

Baking · Desserts

Pumpkin Cheesecake

I know pumpkin pie is traditional for Thanksgiving, but every year I make this divine pumpkin cheesecake instead for our intimate family dinner. By "intimate", I mean we only invite my mom's immediate family, and their immediate families. Which comes to between 40 and 50 people. This year I believe the magic number is 45.… Continue reading Pumpkin Cheesecake

Cooking · Dinner

Chicken Pot Pie

A nice fall day calls for a warm, homey meal filled with comfort flavors. Chicken Pot Pie fit the bill for tonight. I started with a recipe from and added my own twist. I doubled the sauce, used a homemade crust, added a couple things and adjusted the spices. You could easily use a… Continue reading Chicken Pot Pie

Baking · Desserts

Nectarine Raspberry Pie

We had a bunch of fruit leftover from my sister's bridal shower this weekend. So, I took the nectarines home, combined them with some raspberries I had in the fridge and tried out a new recipe for pie. It was kind of a complex recipe - but the pie was really good. Very flaky crust… Continue reading Nectarine Raspberry Pie