Honey Pumpkin Pie

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Alright, I’m finally sitting down to write this post.

To give away one of my best-kept baking secrets. (I’m reconsidering it as I’m writing this sentence.)

So I’ve been putting off this post for a while now, because I selfishly wanted to keep the glory and fame to myself. This is how much I love this pie. I live and die by this pumpkin pie recipe, guys. Yes, it’s *that* good! But now I’ll finally play nice and share the recipe with you. Such deliciousness should be shared and spread to as many people as possible. It is the season for giving thanks and being selfless, so let me try to embrace that.

May this recipe bring you the joy it’s brought to me! No more cloyingly sweet pumpkin pies that reek of corn syrup. No more one-note pumpkin pies that leave you wanting something more. This pie puts a smile in my belly every fall. Enjoy!

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Icebox Pinwheel Cookies

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Well I’m alive after a vacation in NYC and the lovely parting gift I got there, affectionately named The Stomach Flu. As I start the ball rolling again, today I present to you icebox pinwheel cookies. According to my copy of Joy of Cooking, icebox cookies got their name because the cookie dough needed to be refrigerated before rolling and cutting, or slicing, or what have you not. The refrigeration is in fact optional, and if you’re impatient like I am most of the time, you can just skip that step and use the recipe below for drop cookies.

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I *Need* a Pizza Stone

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Tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, romano.

Okay, so a couple of things. First, JM has effectively ruined pizza for me. I’m going to have to carry a bottle of white truffle oil around in my purse all the time now… you know, “just in case.” Secondly, if you’re going to make pizza, please get a pizza stone. Please, please, with a chunk of mozzarella on top.

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Espresso Chocolate Cheesecake, Revisited

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So a while back I did a post about this Espresso Chocolate Cheesecake. At that particular time, I wasn’t baking it for any particular reason other than to fatten up friends and coworkers. I whipped the recipe out again this time for a special occasion though. It was LC’s birthday this weekend, and I was out of ideas for what kind of cake to make her. Luckily KC gave me an easy way out: cheesecake.

Now can I just start by saying that my cheesecakes never come out pretty? They always taste great, but they never resemble anything close to what you find in a restaurant or store. Go figure. I’ll have to work on it. But hey, the awesomet hing about a cheesecake is that even if it’s ugly, you can mask it with a nice coating of chocolate. 🙂

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