Mmmm. Pie.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’ve got pie on my mind.   Every year, when Mom cooks the bird, I’m usually given the assignment to bring pie and wine.  I welcome that assignment wholeheartedly.  I like pie.  I like wine.  Though not usually together. 

A few years ago, I got to thinking.  Pumpkin pie is fabulous, and I really do love it plain.  But after the sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes and other soft mushy deliciousness, I was craving an enhanced version of pumpkin pie, with a little caramel sweetness and hint of pecan crunch.  I pulled this idea off the internet a few years ago and I thought I’d share. 

Sometimes it’s called Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Pie, but I like it better when it’s called Praline Pumpkin Pie.  It’s a huge hit in my family.  Combine it on a plate with a slice of our family recipe for Key Lime Pie, and you’re in Pie Heaven.    

pumpkin pecan caramel pie with whipped cream

It’s super easy, and very yummy.  You bake a regular pumpkin pie, just like you would ordinarily make.  Then you add this special topping in the last 10 minutes.

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Comfort Food: Potato & Corn Chowder

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” ?   Well, in my household, the way to Mr. CG’s heart is through a bowl of very hot homemade soup.  The man likes his soup.  Hot.  Tasty.  And homemade. 

My criteria?  It’s gotta be easy to make.  So here’s my recipe for a good ol’ bowl of home cooked chowda.  Potatoes + Corn + Cream + Butter + Thyme = Yum. 

I made this again last night.  Oh boy is it good. 

Your thighs won’t thank you.  Your stomach will. 


potato chowder

Recipe: Easy Potato & Corn Chowder with Bacon Crumble

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Gourmet Spotlight: Spiced Pear Cake

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

If it happens to me, I know it must happen to you too.  You’re sitting there minding your own business when all of a sudden you are hit with an overwhelming feeling.

Must. Have. Cake. Now.

Are you familiar with this phenomenon?  The sudden urge to bake something moist and delicious?  And then shovel a big slice down the hatch?   Oh, ahem.  How unladylike of me.  Let me rephrase.  Delicately take small bites with your pinkie in the air. 

In my region, we were hit with some unexpected rain over the weekend.  It must have been that smell of the first rain mixed together with the wind blowing the first leaves from the trees that caused something to click inside of me.  I just had to make my oh-so-autumn Spiced Pear Cake.  And I had to make it now. 

I take some of these pretty little Bartletts and transform them into the most moist and delicious flavor of fall. 

before and after

My spiced pear cake has a little of everything.  A glazed fruit topping, a down home ingredient like molasses, and the spices often found in the best fall comfort food.  What’s my secret ingredient to guarantee a moist cake?

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