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Apple-Pecan Bourbon-Caramel Pie

Apple pie and pecan pie: two world-famous classics. But let's be honest, one's a little wholesome and the other's a little too sweet. You know which is which. But what if we combine them into a single pie with an apple filling and pecan bourbon-caramel top "crust"? And what if we told you it's easier to make and assemble than either of the originals? This may be the greatest pie mashup ever. More

Rustic Apricot Jam

This recipe yields a very chunky, rustic jam that relies entirely on the fruit's natural pectin, in concert with sugar, lemon juice, and heat, to set perfectly. This jam works well with Blenheim apricots, or any other small, freestone apricot (apricots that have pits that pop out easily, rather than clinging to the flesh). More

From the Blender: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

In a post-Thanksgiving food coma, it can be tempting to give up on pumpkin altogether for a while. But that would be a shame, because pumpkin has so much to offer in both the flavor and nutrition departments. This healthy smoothie hits all the right flavor notes for a pumpkin dessert, but it hits them lightly. It's a nice way to carry on with the spirit of the season while being good to your body. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Mini-Coffee Cakes

Those little cellophane-wrapped Drake's cakes were always my favorite before going gluten-free. Unlike most coffee cakes, which have a dense, heavy crumb, Drake's is light; the texture similar to a moist sponge cake. And that delicate texture proved the hardest part of creating this gluten-free version. But eventually, they came out just right. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Coconut-Pumpkin Pie

I knew that creating a dairy-free pumpkin pie filling would be relatively easy. I could swap gluten-free rice milk* for the dairy used in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe. But instead of using a dairy-free milk substitute, I wondered if the more flavorful coconut milk would be a better choice. If you've ever had coconut-pumpkin soup, you know that these flavors work incredibly well together. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Like traditional chocolate whoopie pies, this recipe makes a dense cake that's sandwiched together with a light, creamy center. Which brings me to the filling. I grew up eating whoopie pies that were held together with a filling made from butter and marshmallow Fluff. To this day, that's my preferred filling. I know many people don't share my affinity for the white stuff. More

Zero Proof: Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Some prefer the filling, others the crust, but everyone I know likes pie. I'm sorry if you're a crust person, because this milkshake is really for the filling people—those who enjoy scooping out the creamy, spice-filled custard from the pie, leaving broken crust shells all over the plate. It has all the flavor of a pumpkin pie without the hassle of a crust, oven, or cooling time. More

Bread Baking: Cinnamon Apple Sweet Rolls

The dough for these rolls isn't overly sweet. Too much sugar in a dough can result in a poor rise, so I kept the dough just slightly sweeter than usual. It was light, fluffy, and perfect for pulling off little bits to nibble on. The sweetness came from the sugar and cinnamon, while the apple added just a bit of tartness and interesting texture to the party. There were a few chewy caramelized bits of sugar around the outer edges of the rolls—a little bonus. More

Gluten-Free Nubby Apple Cake

The other day I stumbled upon my mother's collection of old recipes. I sat for a long time looking at recipe after recipe scribbled on thin pieces of paper or, in fancier cases, stiff recipe cards. One seasonal recipe grabbed my attention: Nabby Apple Cake. Nabby? Oh! I bet the writer meant nubby. The idea of a cake studded with apple pieces sounded good to me. And if my mom kept the recipe, it must be worth making. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Shortbread Cookies

Made with four simple ingredients—flour, sugar, salt, and butter—shortbread cookies seem like the baguettes of the cookie world. And like a crusty baguette with a warm meal, there's just something comforting about a good shortbread cookie. This comforting simplicity prompted me to offer 25 batches of homemade shortbread cookies to a recent fundraiser for food blogger Jennifer Perillo. Over the last few days, I've baked dozens of shortbread cookies for virtual strangers, and I learned a few things along the way about these simple cookies. More

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