Springtime Strawberry Tart
My grandparents had a strawberry patch on their farm in Tennessee; we would get out of school for a few days every spring to pick strawberries. Because strawberries don’t get any sweeter after they are picked, you want to try and buy local at the peak of the season. If you have a “pick your own” berry farm near you it is well worth the effort, they don’t get any better.
Maple Walnut Pie
The Noon Mark Diner in Keene Valley, NY, a small town on the drive to Lake Placid is known for their pies. They make about 100 every day; everything from Lemon Meringue to Strawberry Rhubarb but my favorite is the Maple Walnut. Usually when you stop by the pies are still warm, just out of the oven. It has become a tradition for our houseguests to stop and buy a pie or two (depending on how long they are staying) on their way to lake Placid. This is my adaptation of their pie; it’s pretty close and delicious.
Chocolate Chess Pie
Spending summers on my grandparents’ farm was a part of my childhood that I looked forward to every year. Partly because I got to do things I did not do at home, one of them was cooking and baking along my grandmother’s side. She would always make chess pie for Sunday lunch. I think this tradition started with her during the depression because there was always, butter, sugar, milk and eggs available on the farm.
German Chocolate Cake
This traditional layer cake with it’s delightfully gooey frosting- a great addition to any occasion.
Blackberry Patch Pie
Blackberries grow on the side of the road all over the south. My grandparents lived on a farm and during the summer my grandmother would leave a bucket in her car, just in case we ran across a large patch of blackberries on the way home. She would pull the car over on the side of the road and we would get out and pick blackberries until we had enough for a pie or a batch of jam.
Chapel Hill Toffee Pecan Pie
This is taking the traditional pecan and chocolate pecan pie to a new level. Chapel Hill Toffee is made with dark chocolate by a mother-son team in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. If you cannot find dark chocolate toffee, milk chocolate will be equally as good. This is an adaptation of a recipe given to me by my friend Becky Yehia. When I was testing this recipe I considered using a sweetener and thickener other than corn syrup, but what would a southern pecan be without Karo Syrup.
Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding
Deliciously rich and creamy, this version of chocolate pudding will make kids and adults happy.