Chicken & Leek Pie

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Pie for dinner? Sounds like a plan to me! Once the February, 2015 Bon Appetit came to my door, I’ve been obsessed with all of their pie recipes. During a visit home my mother and I decided to try our hand at the Cock-a-Leeky Pie. It tasted like the most delicious GIANT chicken pot pie. This is now my go-to recipe to warm up my belly on those “frigid” California nights 🙂

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Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

IMG_2215Now that my favorite time of year is dead (get it? cause Halloween is over and its a holiday about dead things….) it’s time to move on to the biggest eating day of the year: Thanksgiving. While I’m not a big fan of pie, just about everyone else in my life is. From time to time, I like to treat them to a delicious dessert, and this week I decided to try my hand at a pumpkin pie made from scratch. That means no canned pumpkin, no pre-made pie crust and hopefully lots of happy friends!

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Spaghetti Pie

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Around this time every year my company fundraises, usually with a bake sale or pot luck, for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The walk takes place right in my neighborhood and raises millions of dollars every year to support AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). This is the 30th year that AIDS Walk has taken place in L. A. and I’ve been fortunate to participate the last five years. It’s incredibly fun (although waking up super early on a Sunday can be tough if you were out late drinking many of Sharde’s apple ginger cocktail the night before), and it always feels great to give back!

So where does spaghetti pie come in? It’s been the most requested dish for the last five years at our fundraising potlucks! It’s so easy, super affordable and must I mention yummy? And what’s more fun than food shaped like pie?!

 

If you’re interested in donating to AIDS Walk or learning more visit http://aidswalk.net/losangeles

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Supreme Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is like the overlooked middle child in the world of fall desserts.  It is not overly sweet and has the nutritional value from the sweet potatoes, yet pumpkin and apple pie get all the love.  Well, I haven’t forgotten about sweet potato pie and you shouldn’t either! I could probably eat one of these myself they’re so good.  Relax, I said could.  My mom made these all the time growing up with a recipe she learned from her mom, who learned the recipe from her mom (you following? That’s coming from my great-grandmother).  Of course, the grandmothers didn’t use a “recipe” per se because they did not use measurements.    Lucky for you, I recreated it with more specific instructions than “a scoop of sugar” and “a few dashes of cinnamon.”  Pick up some sweet potatoes and let’s get baking!

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