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This light and creamy peanut butter mousse pie with marshmallow whipped cream and pretzel crust is the ultimate sweet and salty indulgence.

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Peanut Butter Mousse Pie with Marshmallow Whipped Cream and Pretzel Crust |

When my friend Andie Mitchell sent me an advance copy of her book Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook I couldn’t put it down. Every page held another gorgeous photo, another recipe I couldn’t wait to try.

Chocolate raspberry breakfast pudding, coconut curry brussels sprouts, and cheddar biscuit-topped barbecue chicken pie— oh my!

But it should come as no surprise to anyone that the first recipe I made came from her dessert chapter. From the moment I laid eyes on this peanut butter mousse pie, I knew I had to have it. >> More


This toll house pie has all of the charm, flavor, and sweet gooeyness of a warm chocolate chip cookie.

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Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Pie |

I need to thank you all for the outpouring of love I have received since I lost my mom. The messages, emails, and comments from both friends and strangers has blown me away. I am truly touched.

I’m still having a hard time, understandably, but life moves on. My husband and boys sustain me, and creating recipes for all of you keeps me moving forward. Taking long walks in the warm sunshine and eating ice cream straight from the carton help too. >> More


Eggnog Cream Pie |

Eggnog— you either love it or you hate it. Where do you fall? Hopefully you’re a lover because this recipe is all about the eggnog.

This pie is pretty much a big glass of bourbon-spiked eggnog poured into a gingersnap crust and topped with whipped cream. Yeah, I know. Swoon! Every holiday season I like to find new ways to work eggnog into my seasonal baking and this may be my greatest creation yet. Continue Reading…


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…


This post is sponsored by Diamond of California.

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…