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Coconut-Key Lime Cream Pie

I’m not a fan of coconut…never have been. There’s something about the consistency of a mouthful of coconut that makes me think of Easter grass.  As a kid, every time I ate a slice of coconut cream pie, I was left with a mouthful of coconut “grass.”  HOWEVER, for whatever reason, I LOVE coconut flavoring, Mounds …

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Cream Pie with Amaretto Cherries

2016 National Pie Championship Chocolate Cream Winner It’s funny how things happen when you least expect them.  I’ve been competing in the National Pie Championships since 2008 and a professional since 2015.  Going into this year, I knew that my chances of winning anything are low.  There are some AMAZING professional pie chefs, especially Evette …

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Crown Jewel Spiced Double Berry Pie

Ironically, yesterday was National Blueberry Pie Day, and although I had no plans to make a blueberry pie, my friends at Crown Jewel Farms brought me a box of their gigantic organic blueberries, so the baking began! A few short years ago, I didn’t know the difference between Florida blueberries and any other blueberry grown …

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National Pie Championships

Pies have been around since the ancient Egyptians and came to the Americas with English settlers. Over the years, pies evolved from primarily meat pies to the sweet custard, cream, and fruit pies we know today. Since its founding in 1983, the American Pie Council (APC) has been the ONLY organization completely devoted to “the enjoyment, …

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Recipe Testing NEVER Ends

Each year, around December, I begin making test pies for Christmas and the American Pie Council‘s National Pie Championship. Sometimes they are good, and sometimes, they are complete disasters. For whatever reason, I love using cream cheese, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. This year, at my husband’s request, I’ve made him a pie using his favorite …

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2013 National Pie Championship Sittin’ on a Sandbar Key Lime Pie

In the summer, we spend quite a bit of time on a stretch of sandbar between Boca Grande & Little Gasparilla Island, just off the coast of southwest Florida.  As a kid, we spent summers on the island.  As an adult, I’ve gotten married on the island, taken our kids to the island for vacation, …

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