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pieslick the bowl

Few things taste more delicous than homemade sweet treats or provide a more welcome gift during the holiday season.

We recently discovered two cookbooks that make fantastic gifts for Christmas 2013 or can inspire you to really wow guests and family members during festive holiday gatherings:

“America’s Best Harvest Pies”, produced by The American Pie Council with Linda Hoskins, ( is a beautifully photographed volume that offers recipes shared by Crisco National Pie Championship winners, such as Cherry Red Raspberry Pie, California Raisin and Nut Pie, and Blueberry and Basil Lime Pie. These recipes stretch your culinary imagination way beyond traditional Apple!

“Lick the Bowl Good: Classic Home-Style Desserts with a Twist” by food blogger Monica Holland (, takes your favorite sweet comfort foods and enhances them to create a new version of the dessert, including Oreo Cheese Cupcakes, Brown Surgar Sour Cream Panna Cotta and Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze. Hey, forget the calories, it’s the holidays!

Cookbooks celebrating Great American Desserts – Gotta Love It!



mini pie

If you are tired of sandwiches for your brown bag back to school lunches, get a bit creative this fall using some of the wonderful recipe ideas suggested in “175 Best Mini Pie Recipes” Sweet to Savory cookbook from Julie Anne Hession (

Many of the recipes can be prepared ahead of time and then frozen for later baking, so you can whip up a batch and then parcel them out into your lunch bags and boxes throughout the week.   In addition to hand held pies, there are recipe suggestions for tarts, phyllo dough pockets, phyllo dough triangles, filled puff pastry and pie pops that will be a big hit with the kids.  The sweet and savory fillings range from traditional fruits and flavored creams to seafood, meats and vegetables.

“175 Best Mini Pie Recipes”  by Julie Anne Hession – Gotta Love It!