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Chocolate Pistachio Cherry Pie!

We are totally sick of pumpkin pie! Ahhh! The pumpkin was so yummy and refreshing at first. Smothered with creamy cool whip, it was pretty much breakfast, lunch dessert, and dinner dessert while it lasted. Now we are so over it! For dessert tonight I changed it up and made a cherry pie edged in pistachios and chocolate chips.  A little edgy and a little holiday chic, this special little bundle of sweetness is sure to hit the spot! Here is the recipe…



Chocolate Pistachio Cherry Pie
1- 9 inch pie crust- your favorite mine is Ina Garten’s yummy crust
2 cups jarred dark cherries
3 tbsp. sugar
Approx. 1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
1/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven 375 degrees.

Grease and flour pie plate or shallow cake pan.

Roll out crust into a 9 circle.

Fit into the pan and push to form.


Cover with aluminum foil.

Fill the top of foil with dry beans.


Bake 20 minutes or until crust is set and begins to cook.

Meanwhile, cook cherries until boiling.


Add sugar to taste.

Add cornstarch little by little by mixing with warm water and adding to cherries.

Remove foil and fill pie crust with cherry mixture.


Bake until crust is golden brown.

Let cool.

Top with pistachios and chocolate chips around the edge.

Cut and serve.



Cherry Goat Cheese Pastry!

Sometimes the most simple recipes are the best! Do you glance at a recipe and move on when you see a super long list of weird ingredients not to mention weird kitchen instruments you have never heard of? If I’m trying to find recipe inspiration, I tend to skim to something more basic, a recipe where I can taste the list of ingredients. (And totally tell what ingredients I would swap and change!)

As an appetizer, brunch pastry, or dessert, these cherry goat cheese pastries are simply perfect! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Cherry Goat Cheese Pastry
Makes 6 servings


2 sheets frozen puff pastry -1 roll fillo dough- fillo shells already cooked
10 oz. crumbled goat cheese
1 lb. fresh cherries, pitted and quartered mixed with 2 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. lemon juice OR 1 21oz. can cherry pie filling
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. heavy cream
Granulated sugar for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Pit and quarter your fresh cherries and mix with sugar and lemon juice Set aside until juice thickens.


Flour work surface and lightly roll out puff pastry to be 1/2″ longer on all sides.

Cut dough into an even number of squares or circles.

Divide the cherry filling and goat cheese evenly and place on half of the shapes.

Cover with another shape. press sides and pinch to close.

Beat egg and heavy cream together and brush to seal and coat top of pastry.


(If using Fillo dough, keep dough damp so it doesn’t dry up. Fill, cut into rectangles and fold like a present. Brush with egg mixture to keep closed. )

SUPER EASY BUTTON!! (If using Fillo shells, just fill with cherry and goat cheese filling and bake to melt until golden and bubbly.)

Slice 2 slits on the top and sprinkle with sugar.

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 20-25 mins. until golden brown and puffy.

Don’t burn your mouth! Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

For dessert, I topped my pastry with ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup!




Coast To Coast Super Bowl XLIX Seafood Panini Topped With Old Bay Fries!

Super Bowl XLIX is here! The Steelers didn’t make it (BOO!) We will definitely watch to see the amazing commercials! Good luck to the Seahawks and the Patriots! These two coastal teams have inspired me to create a Seafood Super Bowl Panini, Pittsburgh- style loaded with Old Bay Fries!


Seafood Panini
(Makes 6 panini sandwiches)

1 loaf Italian bread, sliced into 12 thick slices
1 lb. package Pana Pesca clam meat and juice
1 lb. jumbo lump crab meat
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
12 slices of fontina cheese
2 tbsp. butter
Old Bay Seasoning
Lettuce, Tomato


Heat olive oil in a pan and add garlic until golden brown.

Add clam and crab meat, worcestershire and heat.


Meanwhile, start the fries. See Recipe Below.


Butter both sides of bread slices. Grill and flip until golden brown.


Add 2 slices of fontina cheese on 6 slices of bread and let it bubble and melt.

Top with Old Bay Fries- see recipe below- seafood mixture, lettuce, tomato, and a few shakes of Old Bay seasoning.

Old Bay Fries

Potatoes –
Old Bay Seasoning
3 tbsp. Olive Oil

Oil if using a fryer
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Chop 5 potatoes into fries (1/4 inch thick).

Place them into bowl with water for 10 minutes to extract the starch.

Boil a pot of water and add potato fries.

Cook until tender when pierced with a fork.

Drain fries, place in one layer on a cookie sheet.

Place into freezer 20 minutes or until frozen.

Deep fry them or bake in the oven.
If you fry them,
season with Old Bay.
If you bake them,
drizzle with olive oil and season with Old Bay before baking.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are crispy and browned.


Enjoy the game, the commercials, and the food!!