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Karl’s Stone Fruit Tart / Cobbler

Last week, Jan went to the Central Valley to visit her friends and she came back with a mound of fruit. Since most of it was still not ripe I put it into brown paper bags to ripen. This Sunday it all came ripe at once. What to do? A fruit cobbler came to mind.

Karl’s Stone Fruit Tart / Cobbler

Karl’s Stone Fruit Tart / Cobbler

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Karl’s Pumpkin Pie with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

What is a Thanksgiving feast without pumpkin pie? Although I recently made a similar pie for Jan’s new brother, there is always room for improvement. I found real pumpkin for this one and I decided to stir in the crystallized ginger, instead if just sprinkling it on top.

Karl’s Pumpkin Pie with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Karl’s Pumpkin Pie
with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

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Karl’s Crust-less Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

We were meeting at a friend of Jan’s place for lunch to be introduced to her new half brother—long story, but the friend has know him for most of her life and Jan first found out about him two months ago. My job was to bring the bread and dessert, I decided on pumpkin pie without the crust.

Karl’s Crust-less Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

Karl’s Crust-less Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

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Karl’s Blackberry Biscuit Hand Pies

I had some blackberries on the counter that were getting a bit worse for time. I thought I would turn them into a quick jam. Then I decided to put the jam into biscuit dough to make hand pies.

Karl’s Blackberry Biscuit Hand Pies

Karl’s Blackberry Biscuit Hand Pies

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Karl’s Curried Peach Pasties

When I was making my curried chicken pasties, I had run out of filling before I ran out of dough. What was I going do do with the extra?  I decided to use it to make some fruit hand-pies for dessert.

Karl’s Curried Peach Pasties

Karl’s Curried Peach Pasties

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Jan’s Shaker Lemon Pie

Adapted from Spinach Tiger

Jan loves pie. Miriam loves pie. Eilene loves pie. Guess what Jan is making to go with my Easter lamb for dinner.

 

Jan’s Shaker Lemon Pie

Jan’s Shaker Lemon Pie

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Jan’s Persimmon Pumpkin Pie

Adapted from a Giada de Laurentiis recipe

Jan loves persimmons and she loves pie. As usual, she tied to make it healthier and her own. While this dessert may not have been in keeping with the theme of my Indian feast, who cares? It was a great pie!

Jan’s Persimmon Pumpkin Pie

Jan’s Persimmon Pumpkin Pie

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Jan’s Shaker Meyer Lemon Pie

Adapted from Spinach Tiger

Jan loves pie. Miriam loves pie. Eilene loves pie. Guess what Jan is making to go with my roasted pork for dinner.

Jan’s Shaker Meyer Lemon Pie

Jan’s Shaker Meyer Lemon Pie

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Jan’s Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

Adapted from SJ Mercury News – originally from Emily and Melissa Elsen, “The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book”

Jan usually makes the desserts at our Sunday meals. Sometimes these desserts are within the theme of the meal. Other times they are just whatever strikes her fancy on the day. Either way, she will find a recipe that is close to what she wants and then she will adapt it “on the fly.”

Jan’s Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

Jan’s Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie

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The Inverted Peanut Butter Cup of the Lueck Ladies

[Back hand, stage whisper] “The secret is the chocolate is on the inside!”

The [trademarked chocolate and peanut butter confection] Challenge. This entire meal resulted from Myr having made peanut butter cookies from an Alton Brown recipe. Myr followed the recipe fairly closely, except that she did not have chunky peanut butter. She made do with smooth PB and added fresh chopped peanuts. Even after she had made dozens of large cookies, she still had a quarter of the cookie dough left over. When she told her mother about this, Jan said, “That would make a good pie crust and we could fill it with Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse. I also just bought a bottle of “Voodoo,” a chocolate and peanut stout. Karl, make a dinner with chocolate and peanuts!”

The Inverted Peanut Butter Cup of the Lueck Ladies

The Inverted Peanut Butter Cup of the Lueck Ladies

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