Category Archives: Pies

Strawberry Mascarpone Pie

I’ve always enjoyed American-style strawberry pie in which strawberries are suspended in a cornstarch-thickened gel and served with a big dollop of whipped cream. This variation is now my new and preferred favorite, made with puréed strawberries whipped into mascarpone … Continue reading

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Freezing Sour Cherries

I am lucky to live in a cherry growing region. Every few years I restock my supply of sour cherries for making pies, cobblers, and jam. This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a method, but I thought … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mousse Pie

I like to have a chocolate dessert on our Thanksgiving table. This year I have been experimenting with chocolate mousse pie in preparation for the holidays. This is my favorite recipe so far. Bake the pie crust and make the … Continue reading

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Pizza Gaina

Pizza gaina (also called pizza chiena or pizza rustica) is a quiche-like Italian savory Easter pie. Traditionally it is made with a bottom and top crust, but I have found that, if we fill up on a heavy savory pie … Continue reading

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Dutch Apple Pie

One last recipe before the rush of Thanksgiving preparation begins. When I was growing up we often had Dutch apple pie on our Thanksgiving dessert table. It was one of my father’s favorites and mine too because we liked the … Continue reading

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Southern Pecan Pie

We always begin our Thanksgiving feast with antipasti, followed by the turkey dinner. We take a break to clean up and distribute leftovers, build a fire in the family room, and perhaps watch a movie before we have dessert. We … Continue reading

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French Raspberry Custard Tart

This is my sister’s recipe and a family favorite. My daughter requests it for all special occasions. It can also be made with strawberries, which we will often have for Easter, and is delicious with blueberries as well. Dough 1-2/3 … Continue reading

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Italian Easter Rice Pie

Last year I posted our family’s recipe for Italian Easter wheat pie. This year I want to share an Italian-American version made using rice in place of wheat. My own spin is the addition of maraschino cherries. As the pie … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Apple Pie (Dairy-free)

We spent six years living in upstate New York before moving to the West. The winters were long, cold, and snowy, but the cool summers and spectacular autumn colors were our reward. One of the things I liked most about … Continue reading

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Peach Crumb Pie

I love peaches and the season is still going strong here. I have had a craving for fresh peach crumb pie, like the ones we saw at the farm stands in New Jersey when I was growing up. This is … Continue reading

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