Black Bean Soup (or Dip)

A few years ago, my mom and sister were suffering from an extreme bout of seasonal allergies. The day was full of sniffling, mouth-breathing, and shivering. They were too fatigued to get up and fix a snack, so I was recruited to make dinner that night. They wanted something warm to ward off the shivers…

Decorative Pie Crust Designs

Beautifully Baked While on the subject of pies, I remembered how much fun I’ve had with decorating mine whether or not I chose to add a top crust. Just because you don’t add one doesn’t mean your pie has to look dull. There are many ways to make the sides look pretty. Regardless of your…

Salted Caramel Apple Bourbon Pie Filling

The Apple of Autumn’s Eye Years ago, I started volunteering for dessert duty for Thanksgiving. Since Autumn calls for apple pie, I bought over a dozen apples to experiment with different recipes. I sifted through the internet, but I couldn’t find the perfect one. Those filling recipes just covered basics: apples, butter, flour, sugar, etc. Where is the love? Where is the booze?…

Salted Caramel Bourbon Peach Pie Filling

“When someone asks if you’d like cake or pie, why not say you want cake and pie?” -Lisa Loeb My first blog post was the best pie crust recipe to use for any pie-related creation. If you want to make your crust from scratch, head over to my crust recipe. If you choose to use a…

Cinnamon Sugar Bourbon Crumble Topping

A Very Versatile Dessert Accompaniment I like to think of dessert elements as music. Every good creation has soaring crescendos of fruity sweetness, high notes of salt to accentuate, sometimes low notes of a cinnamon chorus that all come together in a perfect harmony. This crumble is reminiscent of my Omi’s streusel dessert, but with a twist: booze. This…