Sunday, January 6, 2013

Chocolate Chess Pie & A Giveaway




There is nothing that shouts a bright and cheery "Hello, friend!!" to the New Year quite the way that pie does. As such, I made pie!

And not just any pie, mind you, but I pie that I hadn't even heard of until my good friend Beejoli mentioned a pie place here in LA that sold it. I love pie, and when I learned there was an entire family of pies I knew nothing about, I immediately went into full research mode and consumed any and all information about chess pies that I could.


Chess pies are custardy in texture, they're usually made with evaporated milk, eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and a bit of cornmeal to help with thickening. I decided to make a chocolate chess pie with a decorative twisted rope crust. The chocolate chess pie turned out beautifully; rich, gooey yet firm on the inside, lightly crusted on top, and deeply chocolatey.

Unfortunately, the pretty twisted rope crust border shrunk while baking and fell into the pie. This is the second time this has happened when I've tried making a decorative rope crust border, and have yet to make one without it falling into the pie. Any suggestions on how to prevent this? I am confounded.


Speaking of pie, I have a lovely giveaway to share with all of you from the kind and generous folks at Abrams Books. (Yes, part of it does involve pie!)  They're giving away an assortment of books to help with all your cooking/gardening/crafting goals of the new year, and what a wonderful assortment of guides they are. The giveaway includes:

  • Pie It Forward: A momentous cookbook all about any and every type of pie you could possibly think of, both sweet and savory. The photos are just gorgeous and the array of pie-based dishes is truly astounding. (Cherry Lavender Clafoutis, anyone? Or how about a Fried Green Tomato Tart for something savory?)
  • Making More Plants: I read this book within two days of its arrival, and that's no small feat for someone with a full time job and a large 256 page book in their hands. It's a guide to making more plants in every possible way; from harvesting seeds to planting them, grafting parts of plants onto other plants, separating bulbs, growing plants from clippings of other plants...the detail is all-encompassing and equally fascinating. Not to mention the at times shockingly beautiful photographs of a striking number of plants. I could probably spend the rest of my life looking at these pictures of plants and be a very happy lady.
  • Canning For A New Generation: A great cookbook for those looking for interesting canning recipes with a few non-canning recipes mixed in. These unique recipes include Green Tomato Relish, Candied Pickled Apples with Star Anise, and Pineapple Jam with Chinese Five-Spice, to name of few of the ones that I immediately wanted to make upon reading them. And the cookbook also comes with 30 adorable gift labels on the last few pages that have serrated borders so you can pull them right out of the book and use them on your favorite homemade canned goods.
  • Heather Ross Prints: This book contains page after page of beautiful print patterns, designed by none other than Heather Ross. It's filled with clear and detailed instructions for dozens of different craft projects that can be done using the prints from her book and from the dvd containing electronic copies of her prints that comes with it. Making printed tablecloths, creating your own custom notepads, and constructing your own gift wrapping paper are just a few of the many fun projects outlined inside these pages. She also has a tutorial for designing your own prints and patterns using Adobe Photoshop in the book, as well!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below about your favorite garden, craft, or cookbook. For extra entries, you can:

  • Subscribe to Adventures In Cooking's posts in either of the Subscribe via email or RSS boxes in the column to your right. If you are already subscribed, just leave a separate comment on this post saying you are. 

The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm PST January 13th, and the winner will be announced January 14th. Good luck and Happy New Year!



Ingredients:

Chocolate Chess Pie Filling

2 Eggs, beaten
(1) 5 Ounce Can of Evaporated Milk
1 Cup White Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Butter, melted
2 Tablespoons Corn Meal
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Pie Crust

2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Butter, very cold
6-8 Tablespoons of Ice Water
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then begin making the crust. Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the butter into pea-sized pieces over the bowl, or pulse together using a food processor. Add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon rather than your hand to help keep the dough cool, until fairly well mixed (it's okay if there's still some small blobs of butter). Grab a handful of the dry crumbly dough mixture and squeeze. If it holds together you don't need to add anymore water. Roll the dough out until it is about 1 centimeter thick, then place it over a well-greased and lightly floured 8-inch pie dish (mine measures about 2 inches deep). Trim the edges and use the remaining dough to create a decorative border by cutting out shapes, (or just place the remaining dough in a freezer-safe plastic bag and freeze for when you want to make another pie). Place the crust in the refrigerator.


To make the filling, mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cornmeal, and cocoa powder. Add the eggs and mix until fully incorporated. Then mix in the evaporated milk, butter, and vanilla extract until completely combined.


Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set. (If the crust is browning too quickly, cover the edges with tin foil but don't let the tin foil touch the filling). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.








161 comments:

  1. I think my favorite cookbook is my classic fannie farmer cookbook! it has a lot of really great, timeless recipes.

    this is a GREAT giveaway! i hope i win! :)

    rlahardison at gmail dot com

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  2. Subscribed via email using hardison dot rachael at yahoo dot com.

    thanks for the chances!

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  3. My favorite cookbooks is one that came from the church that my grandparents went to. Lot's of old traditional recipes and Hungarian goodies.

    Sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

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  4. My favorite cookbook is one I got in my hometown in an old opera house used bookstore called The Williamsburg Art of cooking. It's super old and has even older recipes!

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  5. I am also subscribed via google reader.

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  6. heather says: my favorite cookbook is one my mother gave to me. This pie looks delish thank you for the wonderful giveaway I pray I win it.
    hg temp addy at hot mail dot com

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  7. My favorite cookbook is one that I typed up and printed for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Mom was a great cook and it's full of her recipes and my sisters and I also contributed recipes for it. I use it all the time. The giveaway looks amazing - I started to say especially a certain book but no, all of the books.

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  8. My favorite cookbook is the one I made when my sister got married full of family recipes.

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  9. I already subscribe to your RSS feed in my Google Reader.

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  10. My favorite cookbook is my culinary school baking book ... best, EVER cookbook!!!

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  11. I subscribe your blog via. Google Reader :)

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  12. My (current) favorite cookbook is Bake it in a Cupcake!

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  13. I subscribe via Google Reader.

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  14. My favorite cookbooks are the Sprouted Kitchen book and Heidi's Supernatural books. (I couldn't pick just one!)

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  15. My favorite cookbooks are the ones you used to get from the school. All the parents would put together their favorite recipes and then you could purchase them for a small fee. Wonderful recipes!

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  16. I also subscribe to the RSS feeds and also email.

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  17. What awesome books to be giving away! My favorite cookbook right now is the Smitten Kitchen cookbook! The Pie it Forward also looks awesome, though!

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  18. I also subscribe vie RSS feed!

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  19. My favorite cookbook is my Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

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  20. this looks delicious dear.. i'm gonna try it soon!
    wish you happy new year :)
    xxxFiC.

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  21. I love "homemade" it's a great book. I already subscribe, but I would love to win!!

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  22. Ohh I have so many cookbooks, there is no way I could pick a favorite - I love them all!! :)

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  23. I already subscribe via email!

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  24. I love my children's elementary school fund raiser cookbook. I have tried and love so many of the recipes entered by student's parents.

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  25. Definitely both of Pioneer Woman's cookbooks!

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  26. I already subscribe to Adventures in Cooking via e-mail.

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  27. I love the Joy of Cooking. I use it most often to answer questions that come up from recipes on blogs or in other cookbooks. It is my go to source for conversions, substitutions, and just verifying basics of any recipe.

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  28. I am already a subscriber via email!

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  29. I am already a subscriber via facebook and pinterest too!

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  30. My favorite cookbook is The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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  31. I love the Fannie Farmer cookbook. It was like a history of American cooking. As a lover of cooking and history, it was perfection for me.

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  32. I love the taste of home cookbooks.

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  33. I also follow via pinterest too! :)

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  34. I subscribe via email and I love pie!

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  35. My favorite cookbook is Cotton Country Cooking, by the Junior League of Monroe, Georgia. Southern, French, and cajun recipes. I got my first copy in the early 70s, it's been republished many times since.

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  36. Pie is one of my favorite things, and I'm not good at it - I'd love to win one of these books! I'm already a subscriber!

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  37. I wonder if a bit of egg wash under the rope would help?

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  38. I have this cookbook in my kitchen: Kitchen Life: Real Food For Real Families -- Even Yours! because it has great recipes that don't take too long and don't have too many ingredients. Thanks!

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  39. I just subscribed via email.
    Also, I don't think that I could choose a favorite cookbook! They are my babies, and I have them on a bookshelf over my bed where I can look at them as I drift off to sleep. But either my Marion Cunningham-edited Fannie Farmer cookbook, or, currently, Carol Benner Dolp's Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, and More could be considered the favorite.

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  40. Leslie:
    I enjoy the fundraiser type cookbooks. My favorite is one put together by the ladies of my church back in the 70's.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  41. Leslie:
    I subscribe via email.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  42. I'm a Fannie Farmer kind of girl! This looks insane... in a good way.

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  43. What a fabulous giveaway! My favorite cookbook is one little notebook with recipes from my grandmother who came from Hammerfest Norway in 1913. I treasure her descriptions of what she adds to make something work..often measured by how much she hand in her hand. I love your blog and follow it faithfully.

    Kristin

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  44. Nice giveaway!!I love cookbooks and cooking! I also enjoy growing veggies in my garden, our last harvest a couple of days ago were green onions and leeks.

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  45. Hello! This cake looks delicious and definitely a must bake!!
    About your lovely rolled crust falling into your cake... I think it would stay in place if you secured it with toothpicks (that have been broken in half maybe), just a few. Or maybe if you painted the border with a little karo corn syrup, which has glue-like qualities. Thank you for the lovely post!!

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  46. 1. This recipe looks AMAZING and I am going to make it for my bff who is coming to visit on Wednesday..
    2. I want ALL of those books! Super fun, my fiance and I just started getting into canning and we love it!

    Thanks for the fun give-away and great pie recipe!

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    1. I forgot to list my favorite cookbook! It is Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading - my lovely Mom gave me this cookbook and it is awesome! The cucumber egg salad recipe is probably my favorite egg salad recipe ever.
      I am also a big fan because I love chickens and prior to our move to the Bay Area I had a flock of five back yard hens that I LOVED. I still miss those ladies...

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  47. gorgeous pie!!

    fave craft is my photography!

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  48. I love our family farmers garden, in southern Minnesota with 900 acres of veggies and fruit!

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  49. My favorite cookbook for LAUGHS is "Have Cookbook Will Marry" You have to laugh or you will cry at how mainstream the 1950's image of a 'good' wife were and are. But it has my all time favoriet brownies recipe. My Got To is Mark Bittman How to cook everything. I have cooked for decades and still learn new stuff every time I open his book. Thanks for the great PIX and giveaway.

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  50. I came for the chocolate pie and stayed for the giveaway :) Great selection of books! AND delicious looking pie!

    My favourite garden book so far is "Der Biogarten" by Marie-Luise Kreuter - lots of information on organic gardening.

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  51. My favorite cookbook is "Bake the Bread, Buy the Butter" by Jennifer Reese, it tells you what's worth your time to make on your own and what's just not even worth the effort! It's a realistic take on homemade cooking.

    Love this recipe! Can't wait to try it, the photos make it look so delicious!

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  52. This pie looks so good. I was a pie-hater when I was a kid (what the heck, right?), but I always made an exception for chocolate pie. (:

    (Also, Johnny bought me the Bouchon Bakery cookbook for Christmas, so that's my current obsession. Yet another heavy, slighty intimidating cookbook that I want to make every single thing from!)

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  53. Favorite cookbook is Vegan cupcakes take over the world!

    Jane

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  54. Other than cooking my favorite craft is jewelry making. I especially like hammering raw steel into beautiful necklaces accented with lovely beads. I am just learning and it is challenging.

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  55. I love my America's Test Kitchen cookbook.

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  56. For everyday cooking, my go-to is the Joy of Cooking. Right now I'm cooking through the Joy the Baker Cookbook.

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  57. I just subscribed to your RSS feed!

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  58. Oooh, I have so many favorites it`s hard to choose! My favorite gardening book might be Sepp Holtzer`s Permaculture, it`s a bit on the larger scale of gardening, into farming, but it`s very inspiring.

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  59. I also subscribe via google reader (is that subscribing? I dunno, but I love seeing your beautiful food photography in each post!)

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  60. My favorite cookbooks are the ones that the local churches put out each year as fundraisers...great old timey recipes!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

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  61. My copy of Victory Garden is my favorite. I had to replace it recently as it fell apart from too much reading.Your photos are gorgeous!

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  62. My favorite cookbook is "Bitterwsweet" by Alice Medrich.

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  63. Favorite cookbook is probably Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moscowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Great recipes for cooking grains, veggies, and legumes that are occasionally forgotten. Love the blog! Cheers

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  64. I used to work at a pie shop where we served this, but I've never seen a recipe for it otherwise! I love your images! My favorite cookbooks is Baking by Dorie Greenspan - an awesome, awesome baking book!

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  65. I am a subscriber.
    My favorite cookbook(s) is still my mother's 1969 collection of the Woman's Day encyclopedia (I guess if you put them all together, it would be one big book:-) I would love to add any of these to my collection!

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  66. Omg this sounds great, looks good too :)

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  67. My favorite cookbook is Better Homes and Gardens Big Book of 30-Minute Dinners and Betty Crocker's Quick and Easy. I love all cookbooks, though, and I have tons of them! And I want more!
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  68. I subscribed to your newsletter via e-mail.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  69. I like our local elementary school's cookbook

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  70. My favourite cookbook is our family cookbook. Ever since I can remember I was interested in cooking and I typed up all these recipes, the way the food is made in our family. So if you want chicken soup, there are at least four entries (Mum, Grandma, Auntie and me). It's a very used book, I should probably stitch it together really soon, but it's a true walk down all of our lives.

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  71. I subscribed via email a long time ago. (czako_emoke@yahoo.com)

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  72. this pie is fantastic, eva! the pictures are darkly stunning as well. my favorite cookbook right now is martha stewart's cupcake book--so far, it contains about 90% winners! :)

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  73. Lovely pie...I love chocolate.I´m from Argentina.My favorite cookbook is Cocinando con la señora Siemienzuk,de Nilda de Siemienzuk.In English,I like Martha Stewart and Jamie Olivier.I like tradicional cook.Mirian.

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  74. My favorite cookbook is one that I found in a used bookshop. It is a cookbook of Boston recipes that date back to the early 1900's,
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  75. I have so many that it is hard to pick a favorite. But one that I would take with me if the house was burning down is the Country Gourmet Cookbook by Sherrill & Gil Roth.
    jednc @ hotmail .com

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  76. Your photographs are gorgeous.

    My favorite cookbook is one that my daughter made me of all our family favorites with pictures. Love it! The book I use the most would probably be Silver Palate Cookbook. Everything I made from that book was delicious...always wish it had pictures though.

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  77. Hi

    My favorite cookbook is Goodhouse Keeping cookbook.

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

    Blessings
    Christine T
    cteo23@ gmail.com

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  78. Hi

    I subscribed thru email.

    Thank you

    Christine T
    cteo23@gmail.com

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  79. I love all the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks!

    Thanks,
    Amanda
    ano5m@virginia.edu

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  80. I'm loving my Modern Greek cookbook.

    rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

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  81. My favorite cookbook is probably La Tartine Gourmande because of her beautiful pictures!

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  82. I like to paint... almost anything.

    shankyouverymuch11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  83. My favorite cookbook is "From Mom With Love..." By Pushpa Bhargava. I had never even tried Indian food before my husband gave me this book. Now I have made almost everything in it. I have written and spilled so much all over this book that I may need a new copy. Now I am getting into Middle Eastern and more Asian cooking. A good cookbook opens your eyes to things you never knew existed much less LOVE!

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  84. I just subscribed!

    It's hard to say what my favorite cookbook or craft or garden book is because nowadays it's so much easier for us to look up things on the internet, but there is definitely something great about holding a book in your own two hands, and having a physical collection of recipes you can flip through. I just found a few great cookbooks at a used book store that I really liked, one is called "Pies: Recipes, History, and Snippets," and the other is a recipe book from Sweden which has so many lovely classic Swedish recipes that was published in the 70's.

    Thanks for the great recipe! And the books look great!!!

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  85. My favorite cookbook is definitely vegan soul kitchen. It's brought me new inspiration in trying to make healthier food. But sometimes a girl just needs to make a buttery pie. Beautiful photography on this post!!

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  86. My favourite cookbook is a "cook everything" book that I got from my mother...it's from her mother...(my gramma) It's a Polish cookbook...full of lovely Polish recipes and pictures :)
    -Monika

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  87. Beautiful cookbooks! My favorite cookbook is Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce, because I use it so often and there are so many pretty recipes.

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  88. This is my first time here... I followed a photo of this pie in hope there would be a recipe with it and look what I have found. Gorgeous photographs and all with recipes too *hungry huge eyes* I subscribed immediately :D

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  89. I can't possibly point out just one craft book or cookbook :/ I have several and each time I take one out I find it so inspirational... well, it's the reason why we have them in the first place anyway, right? :)

    I can tell you that the last cookbook I ordered was Hamlyn's All Colour Cookbook 200 Christmas Recipes and amongst all the crafty ones I got Scandinavian Needlecraft is very close to my heart.

    I hope this will count.
    Thank you for this great opportunity and I wish you a very bright and happy 2013!

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  90. I love the beekeepers bible book!

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  91. My favorite cookbook is my Huntsville Heritage Cookbook. I have been married almost 30 years and this was my first wedding present. It is from the Junior League of my hometown, Huntsville, Alabama, and it is full of the most scrumptious southern recipes that make your mouth water. Occasionally, I run across a recipe from someone I knew in my childhood, which is very comforting. Thank you for letting me share... Lynn

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  92. This chess pie really does look delicious. I've made chess pie, and I've made chocolate pie. But I haven't made a chocolate chess pie...yet....but I'm pretty sure after reading this, that it WILL be the NEXT pie I made. And ya know, I'm a crust girl, so the idea of the extra (fallen-over braid part) crust being baked into the filling, I really kinda like it! It's kind of cool looking. :) This isn't the giveaway post, this is just a response to your beautiful chocolate chess pie. :) Thanks!
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

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  93. My favorite cook book right now is Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson. My baking group is baking from it this year. YUM. :)

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  94. I have subscribed via email! Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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  95. Wow that's a lot of comments! Just came to you from Lora... that mad hausfrau:-) The nougatine spoke to me. I recently did a post on Gesine and her Starry starry night cookies. She's somebody I think would be fun to know. And I think you'd like her home and animals- not to mention her confections and certified kitchen. Thanks and lovely to stop by here. wendy

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  96. I love my Elana's Pantry gluten free almond flour cookbook.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  97. The pie looks amazing!!! I love gardening tomatoes. Only because I can't raise chocolate:) My favorite cookbook is the one my mother made for our family. (of course) Subscribing now!

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  98. What a beautiful looking pie.
    I tend to use my Complete Vegetarian more often then not and supplement with allrecipes!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  99. My favorite cookbook is Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Thank you for the giveaway!

    chaunguyen312 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    - Chau

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  100. My favorite cookbook right now is probably Plenty:Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
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  101. I just made a chess pie over the holidays so I'm curious to try this version as well. My favorite cookbook has to be Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. I find that I turn to it all the time when I have something in the fridge that I need to use up (right now it's broccoli and carrots!).

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  102. While I can gaze for hours at any cookbook, I find the Moosewood series to be a go-to for everyday recipes.
    Thanks for the giveaway! These books look great!

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  103. One of my favorite cookbooks for the new year is Maria Speck's Ancient Grains for the Modern Table!

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  104. Lemon chess pie is a famliy favorite. Can't. Wait to try this just found this on pinterest. I can never pick a favorite but I have never made bad item from the China moon cookbook they. Are complicated but worth it.

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  105. Loving the cookbook, "Plenty," right now!

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  106. Also, just subscribed to your blog via RSS/google reader!

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  107. My favorite cookbook is the Fannie Farmer cookbook, I taught myself how to cook when I was 13 using my mothers beat up copy! It's still my go to cookbook!

    Lruppert1@yahoo.com

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  108. My favorite is still my Betty Crocker Cookbook because I taught myself to cook with it when I was a newlywed over 20 years ago.
    lisa.blogs2 at gmail dot com

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  109. My favourite craft book is patchwork style:)

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  110. My favourite cookbook is Whole Foods for Children by Jude Blureau.

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  111. My current fav book, I jsut receeived it for Christmas, is Momofuku bakery's Milk book, Cristina makes some crazy concoctions that taste like childhood memories!

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  112. I'm also a subscriber to your blog, love it!

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  113. My favorite cookbook is my mom's old-school Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It reminds me of childhood, my mom making cookies with me in the kitchen, and has one of the best recipes for pecan tassies ever!

    - allison
    asasabe7 at yahoo dot com

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  114. My favorite cookbook is Pioneer Woman's first cookbook. I think I have cooked my way through it and everything turned out beautifully. I used a lot of those recipes over and over. Not to mention the beautiful photography.

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  115. I am an email subscriber as well.

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  116. My favorite is an old standard- Betty Crockers Big Red cookbook.

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  117. Subscribed by email as well Jeffltaylor2 at yahoo.com

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  118. I have an old school PTA put together cookbook that has great recipes from people I grew up with.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  119. Mary DeBorde
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    I wish I could have a big piece of that gorgeous pie - haven't had a genuine chocolate chess pie in years!!! <3
    My favorite cook book is a vintage one, with just a dash of humor, called The I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken!
    Love her illustrations, and love this sweet giveaway :)

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  120. MARY DEBORDE

    And I subscribed via email:
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Happy New Year <3

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  121. The pie looks amazing....and what a diverse lineup of books. I actually want to read every one of them!

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  122. My favorite craft is knitting on my Looms. :)

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  123. I also subscribed via email, paige dot hall at gmail dot com. And I got so excited I forgot to mention my favorite cookbooks--Joy of Cooking for great basics that are easily modified, and Veganomicon, because it makes eating vegan so dang tasty!

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  124. My favorite is Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOt)com

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  125. For sure my favorite garden is my mothers garden. As children we worked in it. As young adults we talked in it and now our young children play and eat berried to their hearts content with Grandma and Papa. In a place that was once hours of grounding there is a great joy. My kids and their cousins looks forward to spring in the dirt....and yes, so do I

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  126. My favorite garden was our garden this last year. We grew tomatoes, various squash, cucumbers, okra and lots of herbs. It turned out so well. I was amazed. Can't wait to do it again.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  127. Follow via email (confirmed)
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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  128. Our herb garden is my favorite garden around our house. We also have a strawberry patch which is pretty cool, too.

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  129. My favorite cookbook isnt really a cookbook. its a bunch of handwritten cards and scraps of paper from my grandmother that have general directions and very few real measurements.The only thing bookish about it is that I've put them all in a binder along with a few of my moms.

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  130. Also, I just subscribed via email

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  131. My cookbook I like is America's Test Kitchen I use it often.
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  132. We are just getting to where we are making unique recipes. We would love to try new ideas. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  133. i love the joy of cooking, it's my favorite

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  134. My favourite cookbook is The Joy of Cooking. I've owned a copy for over 30 years, and it has helped me learn so many basic recipes and cooking techniques over the years.

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  135. I like the cooking for 2 book my mom gave me, and I find a nice bunch of recipes on pinterest too

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  136. I love my mom's recipe book because it has recipes that she cut out since her childhood.

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  137. i love smitten kitchen's cook book. i just discovered your blog through pinterest. love it! i added you my reader :)

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  138. oh! i just realized i get an extra entry for adding you to my reader. yay!

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  139. This pie looks SO decadent and amazing! The cookbook selection is fabulous... My all-time favorite cookbooks are the America's Test Kitchen books because I refer to them ALL the time.

    Sues

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  140. heather says my favorite craft is scrapbooking
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  141. My favorite cook book is The World Famous Purefoy Hotel Cook Book by Eva B. Purefoy. Given to me by my Grandmother,It is stained with memories of wonderful dishes I have cooked. It contains a deliciously easy version of a Pecan Pie that I always cook for Thanksgiving.

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  142. Did you paint the border with egg because putting the rope on top? It will help stick. It looks fantastic anyway!

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  143. Hello! Your braided edge may not sink if you preheat the oven to about 425. Then, as soon as you place the pie inside, turn it down to the temperature the recipe calls for. It may help "set" the crust in place better. (But, in this case, I LOVE the way it looks when it has fallen into the pan! It's beautiful!)

    Hope this helps, and I cannot wait to try this recipe! It looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much Kimmy! I will try that the next time I attempt a braided crust :)

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  144. I tried this recipe and I almost didn't because I thought the addition of the corn meal was so odd. Cornmeal, really? However, the photos looked so scrumptious that I decided, what the heck. I'm so glad I did. It's not only a keeper but it reminds me so much of the chocolate pies my Aunt Lilla used to make make for family and for sale in the small community where I grew up. You see, Aunt Lilla developed Alzheimer’s disease and died before anyone could get the recipe ... or she was too stubborn to share it. (It could have been both.) I can't wait to share this recipe on my blog!

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  145. Favorite cookbook is ad hoc by thomas keller. this pie looks goooood.

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  146. Interesting article!! Thanks for sharing these chocolate recipes with us. I am not so good in cooking but love to taste different recipes. I love chocolate very much and the product with chocolate. I always buy chocolate from this http://www.chocholik.com/shop/cakes-and-cookies/ store. Here I found different collect of chocolate.

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  147. My favorite cookbook is a handwritten one passed from my grandmother to my mother to me. Both were superb Southern cooks.

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  148. Is it possible you are using a nine inch pie recipe in a ten inch pan? A tighter fit will help keep your beautiful rope in place. Also brush with an egg wash before adding rope--think of it as a little glue. And you might try vodka to replace water in your pie dough. It makes a lighter pastry. My favorite cookbook is the Internet. I use books less and less, sorry to all the bloggers with new books, as fast as they come out, there is a new idea or tweak to a recipe.

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