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Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

Ever since I can remember, chocolate cream pie has almost always been a part of my family’s holiday dessert spread. It was one of my grandpa’s favorites and my brother always requests it. My grandma was the pie-maker in our family and her classic chocolate cream pie made with homemade pudding was the inspiration for this minty version. Continue reading “Mint Chocolate Cream Pie” » … Read the referenced recipe here: Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

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Coconut Banana Cream Pie

When it comes to big holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am a big believer in multiple desserts. Specifically pies. It just doesn’t feel festive to me without some variety. This Coconut Banana Cream Pie, a hybrid of coconut cream pie and banana cream pie, is Since this Coconut Banana Cream Pie is actually two-for-one deal — coconut cream pie and banana cream pie — it’s perfect for those of us (ahem, me) who want a little bite of every holiday dessert offering. Continue reading “Coconut Banana Cream Pie”…

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How to Quickly Soften Cream Cheese for Cheesecake

No matter how many times I make cheesecake, I always forget about setting out the cream cheese to soften before hand — an important detail if you like smooth, lump-free cheesecake. Which I think we can all agree, we very much do. I’ve tried microwaving on half-power to warm it up and also tried dunking the sealed package in a bowl of warm water. But I often end up with a melted cheese puddle with the former method and worry about package leaks with the latter. Here’s what I do…

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