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Classic Pumpkin Pie |

This post is sponsored by the American Butter Institute.

I’ve confessed on my blog a few times about how I’m actually not a big fan of pumpkin. It seems blasphemous, I know, for a baking blogger to detest pumpkin desserts but that’s just the way it is.

The one exception I have is pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. On this one particular day, I love a thin slice of pumpkin pie with a pile of whipped cream on top. Mmm mmm MMM! It’s a perfect ending to the holiday. Continue Reading…


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Mascarpone and Cranberry Tart with Pecan Crust |

Sometimes simple really is the best. I’ve been fussing with a few slightly high maintenance Thanksgiving tart recipes for the last week and I kept having fail after fail. Of course, it doesn’t help that I suddenly have a high maintenance three month-old either. I’ve forgotten crusts in the oven and spaced over important steps, all because I was  trying to do too many things at once (i.e. stir a pot with one hand while trying to soothe a crying baby with the other).

So from here on out, at least for the time being, I’m going to keep things simple. This mascarpone and cranberry tart with pecan shortbread crust is just the answer for any of you time-constrained folks out there. There’s three separate but simple steps, with lots of built in breaks for multitasking (or a nap— oh, how I want a nap!). And it’s a fabulous make-ahead option for your Thanksgiving dessert table. Continue Reading…


How to pie crust in a food processor |

There are times when I just don’t have the energy or patients to go through all the steps of my foolproof flaky pie crust. I need a shortcut so I can get it done fast, throw it in the fridge to chill and move on to other things. Food processor to the rescue! Continue reading…