Bobby Fischer. Where is ‘e? I DUNNO I DUNNO!

So I know the title of this blog is pretty dumb…but we’re making Chess Pie today!!

Chess…Bobby Fischer…get it?

Anyhoo, there’s something about chess pie that’s massively southern and kinda nostalgic for me. It reminds me of Gibson’s Bar-B-Q off Memorial Parkway in Huntsville, AL. They’ve got everything: piggie mascots, old lady waitresses, paneling from the ’70′s, long lines on Sunday after ‘Big Church’, barbque stuffed baked potatoes and PIE! And even though I’ve never had the chess pie at Gibson’s, I associate this pie with this place. Funny, huh?

I’ve recently seen a chocolate version of chess pie at a place in Astoria, Queens. It’s served in a jar and topped with peanut buttery stuff. Although that sounds delicious I call bull ca-ca. That ain’t chess pie. Just ’cause it’s served in a Ball Jar doesn’t make it ‘southern’. So now I give you: Lemony chess Pie (feat. whipped cream tutorial and apple pie interlude):

The recipe calls for vanilla extract, but I experimented with lemon juice and zest and was blown away by the tastiness!

It’s total ‘GOOP’ pie and the lemon-ness is PERFECT!!! I can’t WAIT to make this again for company cause this sucker is all mine. Maybe Bobby Fischer woulda been pleasant if he had had a piece…

*Big credit to Dawn Harris for her general brilliance behind the camera*

Fat Kid Cookies

There comes a time in each of our lives when we must leave responsible, grown-up eating habits behind and we must try to kill ourselves via food.


Hence this blog post. I give y’all…


There’s no way you’re ready for this jelly so I’m withholding the entire recipe. Only after you witness what an abomination these are can you fully determine if the FAT KID COOKIE is something you can handle. Once you do…please contact moi ( and frickin’ ORDER SOME! $15 for a dozen is totally reasonable…doncha think?

Rhapsody in Cheese: My Cheesy Experiment Take 2

Hello Dear-hearts!

I’ve been one busy little beaver lately and it’s been TOUGH finding time to bake much less post.


The Cheese Straws worked!

My childhood bff, Dawn, is like…miss improv comedy 2012 and does lights, etc. for an improv show called FUN! on Monday nights in Long Island City. She asked me last week if I could bring some fun sized baked goods and naturally I said ‘Yes!’ and I used the opportunity to try out Miss Sally Stockton’s Cheese Straws.

Sally is a friend of my mom’s and apparently makes cheese straws once a week. After my first attempt at these went ‘THUD’ I was looking for a tried-and-true recipe and Sally was kind enough to send me hers. Lemme tell ya…it’s an expensive recipe to screw up and I was nervous, but these turned out PERFECT! They’re cheesy, crunchy on the bottom, slightly soft throughout, and have a little kick from the cayenne at the end.

Also, the recipe makes a ton, which is good cause the improv show attendees gobbled ‘em up like crazy.

Pretty much the whole recipe and tips are on the short video below. ENJOY!