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Desserts Kid-Tested National Pie Championships Uncategorized

Chubby Hubby Peanut Butter Pie 2.0

This isn’t my first attempt at a Chubby Hubby Peanut Butter Pie; however, this is the new & improved version of it. Other than a traditional pb&j sandwich, I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter.  HOWEVER, my husband and kids have peanut butter running through their veins.  Peanut butter candy, peanut butter ice cream, peanut …

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Strawberry-Rhubarb-Blueberry Pie

For this year’s National Pie Championship, I knew that I wanted to make a fruit pie, but I also knew that it couldn’t be an average fruit pie. It had to be amazing. We are fortunate enough to live in the dead center of the state, right in the middle of prime citrus, strawberry, and blueberry growing, …

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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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Creamy Coconut Custard from the 2008 National Pie Championships

The first year I entered the National Pie Championships, I was awful.  No, I was beyond awful.  I’d watched a special on Food Network about it and arrogantly thought, “I can do that!,” without ever considering that I’d never made my own pie crust before.  After that first disasterous year, I read, practiced, and studied pies. …

Desserts Uncategorized World Food Championships

Orange Natilla (na-tee-ya) Custard Pie

My first trip to World Food Championships  was in 2013.  I was excited to go, but to be honest, I was completely skeptical about the experience.  I knew going into it that I would not do well.  I wasn’t a professional chef; I had no formal training, and I would undoubtedly be out classed. Before …

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie…in December?

When I was asked if I could make a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie for friend as a Christmas gift, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find fresh fruit. Even though I live near the Strawberry growing capital of Florida (Plant City) and I see the fields already producing fruit, I usually think of strawberries as …

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Chubby Hubby PIE…

Yes, gentlemen, it really does exist! A cookie crust filled with more chocolate chip cookie, caramel, chocolate, and pretzel pieces, and topped off with massive amounts of  peanut butter! People constantly ask me how I’m able to bake all the things that I make and be a diabetic at the same time.  I always say, “it’s …

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Pumpkin Overload

I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, and pumpkin risotto, but I hate pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin coffee creamer, and everything else that has taken the humble pumpkin and turned it into something completely unnatural.  So now, let me say that I feel like a complete hypocrite. 

Desserts National Pie Championships

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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