Apple Pie

This is the basic apple pie that I’ve been making for decades. My first recipe came from Joy of Cooking, and in later years I’ve added a few tweaks from America’s Test Kitchen. My one ironclad rule—keep everything cold, especially if making during hot weather. Dip your hands in ice water and dry them off. Chill bowls, forks, … Read more

Mom’s Chocolate Cake

My mother’s been making this cake ever since the 1980s. I’m fairly certain her recipe was based on one of Maida Heatter’s cake recipes in Book of Great Desserts. I changed some of the brands from the ones my mother used (Callebaut chocolate instead of Baker’s, for instance), but other than that, here’s a recipe that’s been pleasing friends and … Read more