Apple Cider Chess Pie (& roommates)

I had chess pie for the first time when a former roommate of mine made it in South Carolina. It’s a southern staple – essentially a custard pie thickened slightly with cornmeal.

Apple Cider Chess Pie Recipe

Now, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of the pie the first go round. I wasn’t really a fan of my roommate, either. Not because he wasn’t a great person & friend – he was! I just don’t like roommates very much. Of any kind.

Apple Cider Chess Pie Recipe

So far, Seth has remained the exception. I like hanging out with him, I’m relaxed and totally myself when he’s home, and my hair hasn’t started falling out from stress (as it has with previous roommates).

Apple Cider Chess Pie Recipe

It certainly helps that he is a willing and enthusiastic taste tester. I’m learning how to gauge his reactions to a recipe rather quickly now. I can tell whether he likes something without any words, simply by reading his body language and facial expressions.

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White Cheddar & Rosemary Biscuits (& cast iron)

Biscuits, baby. They got it all. And then some!

White Cheddar & Rosemary Biscuits

With the crispy. With the crumbly. With the cheesy.

White Cheddar & Rosemary Biscuits

And the herby. The buttery. The flaky.

Ugh. Perfection. Especially drop biscuits. There’s no folding, no cutting – not that we mind those things, we don’t, sometimes you just need a quick and easy biscuit. Just a little mix, a gentle scoop, and a quick bake.

White Cheddar & Rosemary Biscuits

The secret is the cast iron pan. It gives you the crust. That golden brown, crunchy, melted butter goodness. No, it’s not entirely necessary to use a cast iron pan to make these. A round cake pan, (Hell! A square cake pan.) would do. You won’t have the crust, but you’ll have the closeness. And did you know? That actually helps the biscuits rise! Learned that years ago from Alex at GB&D and I’ll never forget it.

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Braided Apple Danish (& flow)

This feels good.

Braided Apple Danish Recipe

This writing, posting, trying thing. It feels good. Right. I’m in the zone, wrapped up in the flow. It’s a combination of therapy, personal growth books, trusting my gut, and ignoring my fear. It’s also a touch of CBD oil for the nerves and a good cry when necessary.

But I’m doing it all for this. Right here.

Braided Apple Danish Recipe

This perfectly flaky, ridiculously crispy, and delightfully easy Braided Apple Danish.

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