Category Archives: Pies, Tarts, Tortes & Cheesecakes

Strawberry Rum Pie Redux — with vanilla bean, custard & cream

A few years back I created a strawberry cream pie that quickly became a favorite in my circle. A fresh, custardy celebration of vanilla, rum and stewed seasonal berries, the summery dessert has become a common craving and repeated request. … Continue reading

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Passion Fruit Bites

I was still daydreaming of the scrumptious passion fruit cheesecake I’d savored on a magical vacation, when I received an unexpected message from a friendly fellow foodie recently: “Hey girl, I have passion fruits with your name on them… Interested?” … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pomegranate Cheesecake with a Curious Crust

As corny as it sounds, I recently wished a friend “a pomegranate week: healthy, vibrant, sweet!” While I’ve long hoped to celebrate their qualities in the form of a new dessert, the pomegranate harvest comes along and I find myself … Continue reading

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Mandarin Persimmon Pie with Pecan Gingersnap Crust

As the days of the year shorten and darken, some of the brightest fruit comes into season. With a burst of vibrant color and juicy succulence, both mandarin oranges and persimmons can quench a longing for sweetness, literally and figuratively. … Continue reading

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Fresh Fig Torte: Frosted, Spiced, Divine

I have a friend who is so enamored with fresh figs, I’d even call it an obsession.  When we walked past a woman carrying a basket of figs recently, my friend talked about it for a week. “I wonder where … Continue reading

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Cilantro Sultana Mini Pies: Golden Raisins, Honey and Lemon

I realize that cilantro falls into the same polarizing category as coconut, licorice, and raisins: for everyone that loves it, someone else hates it with a passion — whether it’s simple preference or genetics that cause the disdain. (If you … Continue reading

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Egg Nog Cream Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Oooh, egg nog.  I’m ever smitten by its festive flavor and creamy decadence.  I wait all year for it to come back to me in the form of frozen yogurt, steaming lattes, and even cake.  I love the way it … Continue reading

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