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Pies & Coffee

 Pies & Coffee via The Baker Chick

Thanksgiving is really really almost here. And I have something for all you Procrasti-bakers- (like me, who still doesn’t have her pie menu set in stone)- a quick roundup of lots of Pie-Inspiration for Turkey Day. You all know how much I love pies so a quick recap is in order.

Now if you give a girl a slice of pie, she’s likely going to want  a cup of coffee to go with it. As much as morning coffee is essential, I sure do enjoy an unsweetened coffee with dessert. The sweet flavors seem so much better and almost enhanced by the bitter coffee flavor. Andy is also a coffee guy, but he likes his coffee super strong an I prefer mine weaker with lots of cream. (no sugar.)  Pies & Coffee via The Baker Chick


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Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie

 Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie via The Baker Chick

I like my pumpkin pie with cracks. Is that weird? I like it to look homemade, a little rustic, and I don’t know… homey? I thought about covering them up with some pie crust leaves or something, but decided to keep it real. I also want you to know its ok if your pie has cracks- I really do love it!

Anyway, this is the final new recipe I have for you to help with your Thanksgiving inspiration. I know it’s a classic, and maybe you’re in the camp that just uses the recipe from the Libby’s can, but maybe I can convince you to give this great recipe a try. It’s nothing too crazy different, but an extra step, some extra spice, and the use of brown sugar make a truly perfect pie.  Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie via The Baker Chick


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Scalloped Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes

 Scalloped Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes via The Baker Chick

Its quite possible you have all your Thanksgiving menus set in stone, but in case you don’t, I’m trying to squeeze a couple more in! This one cannot be missed because it’s just too good. Now, I have to admit that normally I’m not a huge sweet potato fan. I like my savory things to be mostly salty and then I like my sweet for dessert. I’m really not too fond of the traditional marshmallow, brown sugar pairing and I’ve just never found a sweet potato side that I was head over heels in love with….  Scalloped Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes via The Baker Chick


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Blackberry Cranberry Crisp Pie

 Blackberry Cranberry Crisp Pie via The Baker Chick

So remember when I told you I want to open a pie shop someday? I seriously dream about it all the time. In fact right before starting this post I decided I wanted to be referred to as “Pie Girl” and quickly went to check if the domain was free. It wasn’t, so I tried “The Pie Girl” and instead found myself on a page with photos of girls after getting a pie to the face. (Lots of tears and whipped cream.) It was pretty funny, but left me over that idea and back to the fantasy drawing board.  Blackberry Cranberry Crisp Pie via The Baker Chick


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Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon

 Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon via The Baker Chick

To me, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides. Ooh I can’t get enough. Truth be told I don’t care much about the Turkey. I eat and enjoy it, but if it were missing and instead I just had a plate full of sides I’d be a happy camper. Anyone with me?

There are classics like Mashed Potatoes and Great Grandma’s Stuffing which are non negotiable, but I also love a slew of new sides that rotate every year like Creamed Spinach, Pumpkin Mac & Cheese and Roasted Brussells Sprouts. And then there is this delicious dish.  Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

 Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick

Are you ready for some Thanksgiving inspiration?? I am officially kicking on Thanksgiving week over here starting with the first of 3 pie recipes you’ll get between now and T-day. In store for you is a pumpkin pie, a delicious fruity one, and this chocolate, banana, peanut butter perfection.

I love a classic no nonsense Banana Cream Pie, but thought jazzing it up with some chocolate and peanut butter wouldn’t hurt anyone, (and man was I right!)  Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick


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Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

 Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick

What types of desserts are part of your Thanksgiving traditions? Classics like Pumpkin, Apple & Pecan Pie? A dessert buffet with a mish mash of all types of sweets? All of the above? I personally like to have a healthy mix of classics and some new and fun desserts. A Pumpkin dessert of some kind is a must, a classic Pecan Pie for my brother-in-law, and Salted Caramel Apple Pie as well. Beyond that, I like to change it up every year with at least one thing unexpected and a bit different.

I love a creamy and rich cheesecake and these are exactly that. Add in a swirl of seasonal cranberry and it may be my new favorite holiday dessert. These are crazy good, like so good that I cannot be trusted around them.  Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick


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Kabocha Squash Toast with Carmelized Onions & Ricotta

 Kabocha Squash Toast with Carmelized Onions & Ricotta via The Baker Chick

Every year I have visions of holiday parties I never actually get invited to. I don’t think there are people out there having these parties and not inviting me, (at least I hope not,) but there seems to be a general shortage of bustling parties with seasonal snacks and general cheer. If I had my dream house with a huge space for entertaining I would love nothing more than hosting said party myself, complete with these delicious toasts on a tray for all to enjoy.

What is it about toast? It’s never something I’ve had much of a vision for beyond ya know- avocados or eggs, but this combo is SO SO good. Imagine this: Crispy bread that’s sauteéd in a little oil, (any crusty loaf will do,) creamy ricotta, and a crazy-delicious squash mixture that combines buttery kabocha squash with caramelized onions & maple syrup. The whole thing is sprinkled with fresh mint which adds the nicest touch.  Kabocha Squash Toast with Carmelized Onions & Ricotta via The Baker Chick


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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

 Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake via The Baker Chick

Sometimes I struggle with what to write about in these blog posts. I know what I made was delicious, but have a hard time filling the page beyond that. Lucky for me, today leaves me with no shortage of things to say. Why you ask? Because in addition to this delicious cake, today is about celebrating my friend Joanne. It’s a Virtual Bridal Shower and you are all invited!!

 Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake via The Baker Chick

If you don’t know Joanne you are truly missing out. Go check out her blog Eats Well With Others immediately and fall in love with her witty banter and hundreds of amazing recipes. Her pages are full of mouth-watering vegetarian dishes as well and truly scrumptious desserts.  If you scroll back far enough into the archives, you may even catch the early stories of her romance with her fiancé who she affectionately calls “the.boy.”

I’m lucky to be friends with Joanne in real life too. We both live in NYC but I got to meet her and Lauren 4 years ago in San Francisco at a food blog conference. (Incidentally the night after I got engaged!!) Since then we’ve made a point of all getting together and I’m so lucky to have her as a real life AND blogging friend. I also couldn’t be more excited to get to attend her wedding later this month!!  Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake via The Baker Chick