Spiced Ginger Pear Pie (Tea Giveaway)

Recipes, Sweet Treats

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I’m sorry to all of you summer-holics out there, but I can’t wait until this swampy, sweaty, humid, feel-like-fainting-on-the-bus-in-the-morning heat is over and done with.

I’m ready for triple-digit heat indexes to be a distant memory and I’m ready for sweater weather.

In short: I’m ready for summer to yield to fall. I love everything about the third season: leaves changing colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, the abundance of apples at the farmer’s market and sleeping with my windows open.


Welcome to Week Three, the final installment of the cooking challenge that I am participating in with Starbucks’ Tazo brand.

As most of you know, I am developing a few recipes featuring Tazo tea and a weekly secret ingredient.

This week, the name of the game is pears.

There is also a little healthy competition involved here – the blogger who garners the most comments after the three weeks wins $1,000 to a kitchen store.

Last week I featured a great giveaway to offer one lucky reader. Tazo is going to hook one of you up with a great package of tea-related goodness:

  • Crate & Barrel Iced Tea/Sangria Pitcher
  • Breville electric kettle
  • Tea pot
  • Cup and saucers
  • More tea than you could possibly dream of drinking.

The good news is, you still have time left to enter!

For an extra entry, leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’re looking forward to most about the fall. (If you’d like to comment but not enter the giveaway, please write “no thanks” after your comment).

For extra entries: Become a fan of In Good Taste on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or invite your friends to become a fan of In Good Taste on Facebook. Make sure in your comment, you let me know that you did.

Contest will close at 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Winner will be chosen at random using the number generator on random.org.

Now let’s get back to the pie.

If you’re looking for something sweet, but not so sweet that you’ll immediately need something salty, this is the dessert you’re looking for.

It’s the perfect way to transition from summer crumbles, cobblers and granitas to fresh fruit pies.

Spiced Ginger Pear Pie
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Recipe type: Sweet Treats
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Serves: 8-10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup Tazo Organic Spiced Ginger Tea
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup light packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 large pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 (9-inch) recipe pate brisee (or store bough pie crust)
Instructions
  1. Prepare pie crust according to recipe/package directions.  In a saucepan, combine the first six ingredients until blended. Gently stir in pears. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally; boil for 1 minute. Add butter. Pour into pastry shell.
  2. Top pie with second layer of pastry crust, lattice style.  Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
So let’s hear it. What are you looking forward to about fall?

Disclosure: Tazo provided me with the tea, a few brewing essentials and a grocery gift card to cover the cost of supplies for this project. Tazo did not tell me what to write here and the opinions in this post are 100% honest and accurate.

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    National Hot Tea Month
    September 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    […] Spiced Ginger Pear Pie by In Good Taste “If you’re looking for something sweet but not so sweet that you’ll immediately need something salty, this is the dessert you’re looking for,” says Maris of In Good Taste. […]

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    Terry Clarkson Farrell
    September 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    perfect timing cause here comes fall- now I’m jonesing for pie! this is going to my first choice for the reurn of the baking season

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    LoriJane
    September 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Autumn is my favorite season. A good pie crust and not too sweet pie is really a treat. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Laurie
    September 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    What a perfect fall dessert. Can’t wait to try it!

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    nancy morrissey lloyd
    September 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    SOUNDS AND LOOKS GREAT

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    Cecile
    September 1, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Keep blogging, Maris, and we will keep reading. 🙂

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    Steve
    September 1, 2010 at 10:46 am

    time for a break and a nice piece of pear pie 🙂

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    Trina Gallop
    September 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

    This fall I am most looking forward to getting back into the regular routine. I really need to focus more on the things I love and that’s my plan starting September – I guess that means I start today! 🙂

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    Barbara
    September 1, 2010 at 7:35 am

    It definitely feels like fall here in Germany…this pie sounds delicious!

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    Steve
    September 1, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Great idea for a pie….looks great. I hope mine comes out looking like yours.

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    Carole
    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Regarding fall, I am most excited about the wonderful ingredients that will become available at my local farmers markets….fresh apples recently picked (not from cold storage), chard, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, good grief I’m even looking forward to parsnips and turnips! A wonderful treat to enjoy while shopping in the market is a cup of hot cider from the local orchard. Yum!

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    Tammy
    August 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I can’t wait for labor day, it’s the end of the summer and a great start to the fall!

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    Stacey
    August 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Wow! This seems like a great receipe. Different from the usual all American fall favorites. I will have to try this!

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    rachaelwdesigns
    August 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I do love fall, and the crispness in the air. Oh and the fall fashion, always so nice. But I will miss the heat of summer, I do love long lazy days by the pool, sorry. But I am for sure thinking about pumpkins and raking leaves.

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    Simply Life
    August 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Wow, this pie looks amazing!
    My favorite thing about fall is apple picking!

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    bcgw
    August 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Love your blog, just beautiful.. I too, love the Fall season, it’s by far my favorite time of year and transports me instantly to fonder times ;]

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    John Degnan
    August 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

    The humble pear is such an underrated fruit for pie making. I love the addition of ginger and the spiced ginger Tazo Tea. The pie has an Asian motif going for it that will be a delicious break from the usual fall harvest standards of apple and pumpkin. I think I’ll make this pie for cool autumn evenings of card playing on the back patio. -Cheers!

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    August 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

    What do I love most about fall—-everything! I follow you on FB too. xo

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    August 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I follow you on twitter 🙂

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    marla {family fresh cooking}
    August 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Maris, your spiced ginger pear pie sounds amazing. I wish we had some here this morning. Love your creative use of Tazo tea in this recipe. Sign me up for this awesome giveaway. xo

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    Kim
    August 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I am looking forward to the fall fruits.

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    Sarah
    August 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

    This looks great! Fall is my favorite season, I always look forward to it, and I am definately a tea fanatic! Can’t wait to try this recipie. I am going to fan you on facebook and follow you on twitter. :]

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    Shannon
    August 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

    as much as i love fall, i don’t want summer to end just yet!! this pie, however, would make me welcome it with open arms 🙂

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    John
    August 27, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Can’t say I’m looking all that forward to Fall…moving away from the beach back inland…although cooler temperatures do promote the metabolism and the ability to wolf down a few more pear ginger pie, biscotti, and thick (lentil) soup calories!

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    Steve
    August 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Pear pie for dessert sounds great.

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    nancy morrissey lloyd
    August 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    sound delicious i will have to try it, i like any kind of fruit pie.

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    Jill
    August 26, 2010 at 11:19 am

    looks and sounds sooo delicious!!!!

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    Jontue
    August 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Maris,
    I am also a Fall lover! I can’t wait to attempt to make this pie on a fall sunday afternoon w/ my tazo tea sit back and watch a good Lifetime movie.

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    Susan
    August 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    mmm this looks awesome..do we have to wait for the fall to have it ;o)

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    Ginny
    August 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    cool! I love the pie! 🙂

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    Kristina
    August 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to not melting. It’s been so hot here this summer.

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    Dave
    August 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    football. chili. chicken wings.

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    Shanna
    August 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Looks so delectable!!!!!

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    Jonda
    August 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Great recipe for the fall!

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    chris motamed
    August 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Great looking pie-may have to attempt this recipe.

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    mandy
    August 25, 2010 at 11:50 am

    This looks amazing and screams fall to me. It looks truly delicious, Maris!
    I also follow you on twitter and am a fan of in good taste on facebook.
    Good luck with your contest!!

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    Sues
    August 25, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Ginger is definitely one of my fall favorites, so this pie looks fabulous! I’m also very excited for pumpkin everything! But I have to say, I’m hoping for a few more days of wonderful summer weather before fall hits. It’s been pouring rain and cold in Boston the past few days 🙁

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    Cathy
    August 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Pie looks delicious! I am looking forward to that smell of autumn in the air, great sleeping weather and dragging out all my sweatshirts.

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    Jbailey
    August 25, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I would love to taste this pie!!!!!!!

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    bernard griffin
    August 25, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I love pie, looks delicous

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    Meagan
    August 25, 2010 at 1:24 am

    MMM…delicious. My favorite flavors.

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    Peggy M.
    August 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    It is my first fall back in Phila in twenty years…I think I remember a song about that…anyway, I am looking forward to all of the traditional things like a pumpkin patch, apple trees, apple cider, spiced everything…pumpkin candles and the wonderful weather of fall. I even want to get lost in the leaves again. I am really ready for this….I really really am!!!!I will definitely remind my friends on facebook to check out your blog and help you out!!!! By the way, I LOOOOOVE Starbucks coffee too.

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    Alina
    August 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t usually eat pie, but this is one where I might take a bite or two. Sounds fabulous!

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    Cecile
    August 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    When is the next recipe going to be posted? Looking forward to it.

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    mzt1
    August 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait until I have the time to try to make it and have it with a nice cup of tea.
    And, I am a faithful Facebook fan of yours already 🙂

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    Ashley
    August 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Perfect recipe for summer.

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    Steve
    August 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Certainly cool enough outside for a Spiced Ginger Pear Pie.

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    Lori
    August 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I’m wondering about using organic spiced ginger tea in Asian cooking instead of chicken stock. I suppose it could be too much, but worth a try. It wouldn’t be the first time I made something that no one else liked. Your pie sounds like a slice of autumm heaven. I love your blog.

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    Derek
    August 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Despite my sometimes-crippling sarcasm, I like this idea. Ya don’t see the noble pear applied to pie so much, but it’s a neat idea.

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    laura marie
    August 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’m looking forward to being able to bake without creating a kitchen death trap of heat.
    I also think fall might be an appropriate time to dust off the ‘ole dating profile. not too hot, not too cold — yup, dating season only lasts for the two perfect weeks of weather each year. sigh.
    🙂

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    Anne LoJudice
    August 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Recipe sounds fabulous – will definitely try it.

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    Ali Jaffery
    August 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Maris I love love love love pie.

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    Maria
    August 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

    The pie looks fabulous!

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    Kiya
    August 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Pies are my favorite.Looks good!

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    Shannon Melendez
    August 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Great recipe!!! Loved it and love the blog;)

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    ANG*
    August 24, 2010 at 10:39 am

    i also adore fall, but i’m gripping to every last ounce of these summer days. of course, pumpkin spiced lattes, hoodies and football season are appealing…buttttt you can spice things in 80 degrees too. you just proved that!
    related: i’d like a piece of that. do you delivery?

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    Kim Kellogg
    August 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I love the fall and what better way to celebrate but with this delicous recipe. My town has a fall festival and I always have my family over for it. I will be sure to try this recipe.

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    Anne
    August 24, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Fall is my favorite season. I love the change in weather, the falling leaves and the smell of a Pie baking in the oven. I will try your receipe because it looks yummy. I plan to look you up on twitter and facebook and get more yummy ideas.

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    Heather
    August 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Pear and Ginger sounds great. I am surprised by how little time it takes to bake!

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    Marilyn
    August 24, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I’m looking forward to that cool-but-not-too-cold weather.

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    Joanne
    August 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I’m a fall girl myself. I can’t wait for pumpkin season! I plan on stocking up with pounds and pounds of it.
    This pie looks fantastic. I wish I liked pears more…but I will have to try it with apple!

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    Matt
    August 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    just checking out your blog and love it! – BTW your pie looks ridiculously good – yes please!

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    Maryann
    August 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    So little time, so much to keep up with.

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    Heather Trabucco
    August 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    the smell of fall in the air! and the fact that pumpkin pie will officially be ok to bake again!

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    Fairychick
    August 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    oops silly me I forgot to say that I “liked” you on Face Book well I did!

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    Fairychick
    August 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    For the fall? hmm well I do love my very much favored temperatures. Fall is a time to wrap your arms around someone and get close to. Oh and as well as some of the best country food turkey mashed potatoes ect. But also when it gets to be Halloween I love to make little spooky treats for the kids. 🙂
    I adore the snow that comes after that as well its such and awesome thing to see sitting next to someone sharing a cup of coco. I want fall now! XP

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    melissa
    August 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    What a great use for ginger tea. And your crust looks so perfect. The last time I tried to lattice-ize a blueberry pie…it was less than pretty.
    I’m looking forward to a plethora for crisp apples for snacking on and occasionally dipping in caramel sauce.

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    thatShortChick
    August 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    this dessert has my mom’s name written all over it. not only does she enjoy tea but pears are her absolute favorite fruit ever. she would love this!

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    Dave Wuensch
    August 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Looks so good!

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    Terry
    August 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Great recipe. Looks beautiful and very easy to make. Here in CT we can pick our own apples and pears in the fall. My children and I always made a trip(or two) to the orchards and after we would have hot apple cider. I still go even without the children. There is nothing better than eating a crisp apple or ripe pear right off the tree. I am always sorry to see summer go, but I do love the New England fall.

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    John Chi
    August 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    This pie looks amazing! Makes me hungry just looking at it!
    I like the weather in the autumn.

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    Kaycee Sites
    August 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I am looking foward to the crisp cool air, the georgous color of the leaves, and the trips to the mountains. Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year!

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    Laura
    August 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Yum! The pie looks delicious and love how you incorporated the tea… I’m definitely going to have to try that! Favorite thing about the Fall: I love how all of the trees in my neighborhood at home turn to warm colors- yellows, reds and oranges.

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    Sara
    August 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    The pie looks amazing, but I have a question, why use the light corn syrup? I’m not sure what it does for recipes vs. other sweeteners… Could you use sugar or agave syrup instead? I ask, because I generally don’t keep corn syrup on hand…
    Anyway though, I’m am excited about fall for a couple of reasons, first FOOTBALL and second food! 🙂

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    Megan Lane
    August 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I agree w/ you, Maris. I’ll be ready when fall arrives in Chicago this year! I’m looking forward to eating fall foods like apple crisps, pumpkin soup, chili, drinking red wine and watching football (College Game Day on Saturday and NFL all day Sunday). I love the smell of autumn, the crunching leaves beneath my feet and the return of spiced lattes/tea.

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    Amy
    August 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Maris– I love Fall, but I’ll miss Fall in the Midwest this year! My favorite thing about Fall are those white pumpkins… they are beautiful and kind of creepy looking at the same time!

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    rhu
    August 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    hi maris…i love everything bout the fall..the leaves changing color..the increase in comfort of spending long hours in dkitchen n whippin up delish food esp baked goods…the goodbye to d heat…n i wud love to enter ur contest n recommend all my frnds to b a fan of in good taste,i kno i am,jus as soon as i figure out how…

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    Sherrie
    August 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Looks beautiful and I bet it tastes just as good!

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    Natalie (The Sweets Life)
    August 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    What a gorgeous lattice!
    I’m looking forward to fall FOODS, mostly pumpkin!

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    Liz
    August 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention, I added you on twitter and facebook.

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    alexa - cleveland's a plum
    August 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    HOLY CRAP spiced pear?!? glorious.
    feel free to make this pie for my arrival in CHI on saturday – thanks!

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    Momma Lioness Michele
    August 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Following you on twitter now too!

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    Momma Lioness Michele
    August 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    This pie looks incredible! I love the fall, got married in October because of the fantastic weather and gorgeous colors. I’m excited to see the pumpkin decorations out in stores now, love anything pumpkin! Sounds like a fabulous prize, thanks for the chance to win!

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    Liz
    August 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I am so in agreement about being ready for fall! I have been “over” summer for several weeks now because we’ve just had a miserably hot summer this year. Ick. We’ve probably still got at least two more months of warm/hot weather down here, but I am anxiously awaiting the cooler evenings and changing leaves.

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    Corlette
    August 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I have a pear tree in my front yard. The recipe looks delicious, and I love the Tazo tea’s.

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    Nicole
    August 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Wow. that pie seriously looks amazing! Bring on FALL!

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    Sandie {A Bloggable Life}
    August 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Nice lattice crust, Maris! There are 4 things I love most about fall: brisk mornings, blue skies, colorful leaves and farm stands full of apples, pumpkins, squash and cider. Next to spring, it’s my favorite season of the year!

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    Melissa Chapman
    August 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    OMG so excited for warm apple pies and hot cider– this post is making me so hungry! Also love the whole fall feeling- warm sweaters and bright scarves — and gosh a piece of pie would taste even better with this TEA!!

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    Alexandra
    August 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    WOW! Your pie looks perfect! Seriously, perfect! I’d love to have a bite right now with a a cup of white tea.
    The thing I am most looking forward to this fall is hot apple cider at Green City Market in Chicago provided by Seedling Farms. It’s perfect. Also, looking forward to using mulling spices and creating some mulled wine. YUM.

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    Maryann
    August 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Love the sounds of this! I wanted to get in on your contest,don’t know if I’m too late,but if not, I think I could honestly say I’ve had so many mishaps in the kitchen that I can’t pick any one and as far as favorite foods, they would be anything that anyone wants to make for me.

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    ErinsFoodFiles
    August 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Ginger Pear Pie?! Wow! Sounds incredible!

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    Marina Pappas-Paxinos
    August 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    This pie looks delicious for the upcoming fall. As soon as the weather starts to get cold then I will start to make pies. Please post more recipes for pies and soups for the fall season.

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    Camille
    August 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Oh gosh, what am I looking forward to about Fall… EVERYTHING!
    Summer is the bane of my existance!

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    Lindsay
    August 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    The pie looks incredible! I don’t believe I have ever tasted a pear pie; it looks delicious! I, too, can’t wait for the cooler weather. I love a little nip in the air, when it’s too warm for a coat, but just right for a sweater or blazer! This pie personifies fall!

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    A'Driane Dudley
    August 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I’ve never tried baking with pears, but I think I’ll try this recipe when it starts to feel nice & crisp outside-Like you, I’m ready to leave these tepid temperatures behind and sleep with my windows open. One of my fall favorites is wearing layers and scarves 🙂

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    Tisch Farley
    August 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Autumn is my favorite season. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    Jen
    August 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I’m definately looking foward to going for some hikes in the beautiful fall weather and enjoying the leaves changing color. Some pie would be tasty too!

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    Rachel "fall seriously is my middle name" W.
    August 23, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I am looking forward to squash season! I love cooking with squash because I loathed it as a child and now I can’t get enough of it. Maybe I hated it when I was young because it meant that summer was over, but now I look forward to the changes in season. Love warm sweaters and football season. And of course, Halloween: my one opportunity to dress up like a fool and not receive ridicule.

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    Annette Weiss
    August 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Cool rainy day in NYC … perfect for baking the Spiced Ginger Pear Pie!

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    LaGracia
    August 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Ummmmm! My sister loves to try new baking ideas. I will pass this one along to her.

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    ronnie
    August 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Pear and ginger, a delicious combination and such an interesting way to use the tea! Get your ovens started, Fall will soon be here!

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    kat
    August 23, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I’m forward to turning the AC off & wearing long pants & sweaters, cooking soups & turning on the fireplace!

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    Alicia Aldrich
    August 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Fall is the best – bonfires, football games, and pie eating contests

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    Megan
    August 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I agree! The thing I’m most looking forward to about Fall is the crisp cool weather, football season and hot apple cidar!

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    Anise
    August 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I am drooling as I write. So delish! Want to taste everything!

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    Jennifer Stonebrink McGuire
    August 23, 2010 at 10:18 am

    This looks amazing! I will definitely be trying this out come fall in Louisiana (comes a little later down here)! Some of my favorite things are: football games, hot chocolate and spiced hot apple cider (and spiked!!), wool blankets, foliage, apple picking and making pies/crisps, pumpkin picking and pumpkin pies, etc!!

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    Carmen
    August 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    What do I love about fall? FOOTBALL. Pumpkin. Thanksgiving. My birthday.

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    Gisele Phipps
    August 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I had never considered using my favoriote teas as flavoring in recipes –that’s inspired and a very healthy choice. I can’t wait to think of many recipes for my favorite Tazo Ginger tea! I found it when I was taking a chemo drug to control the nausea and found even after, it was still my favorite!

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    Jennifer
    August 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

    So creative! Good luck Maris 🙂

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    Cathy
    August 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

    The pear pie looks luscious, thanks! I love the fall weather, woolen sweaters and the crackle of leaves under foot. Unfortunately, the fall is also accompanied by days and days of rain, as well. Ah, nature!

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    Diana
    August 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I’m most excited about the cooler weather. It’s been so hot this summer, I can’t wait for fall. I also love the apple and pumpkin picking and the falling leaves. so pretty.

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    Sarah Caron
    August 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    That is one amazing looking pie. Sounds delicious too … I am sort of looking forward to fall too, btw.

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    Katie K
    August 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    What a cool contest. I’m looking forward to pumpkin-flavored everything as well, and being able to leave my windows open!
    (tazo tea – no thanks, no space in my little NYC apartment :-/ )

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    Shirley
    August 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I love the Fall and this sounds like a gret recipe for the seaon. Will have to try it.

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    Perri
    August 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Pies like this make me excited for fall–thanks, Maris!

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    Megan Severs
    August 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Delicious. Love the photos, too! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Michele
    August 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    as soon as my kitchen will tolerate a heated oven…this will be my first project!! thanks for including a word on ‘fancy pie crust’ (pate brisee)…that’s always a challenge for me.

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    Cindy
    August 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Fall is my favorite season – I am looking forward to more baking, knitting and running in comfortable weather. Can’t wait! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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    Christine Giberson
    August 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

    This recipe sounds amazing! So creative; I never thought to incorporate tea into a pie. Let’s hope fall lasts more than a week or two this year 🙂

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    Laura Royal
    August 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Being able to buy pumpkin spice lattes

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    Laurie
    August 23, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Can’t wait to go out East on LI & pick pears, then come home & make this!

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    Nikki Redding
    August 23, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I love fall!! Great flavors! Mmmmh Pear pie sound delicious!!

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    Harriet
    August 23, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Pies are my favorite dessert and a pear pie is so different. I will miss the summer time spent at the beach but the fall leaves and flowers are so beautiful.

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    Steve
    August 23, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Now I am definitely going to get fat! A Spiced Ginger Pear Pie sounds good right around now. Maybe with a nice cup of tea.

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    AC
    August 23, 2010 at 6:51 am

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    AC
    August 23, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I love pumpkin pie but this looks so delicious I may have to give it a try!

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    Lori
    August 23, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I’m looking forward to a break from the heat!
    I also liked you on Facebook!

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    Elaine Solloway
    August 23, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I NEVER like to see the end of summer, but do enjoy food from any season.

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    Shari Adams
    August 23, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Fall is my favorite season! The color of the leaves and the feeling of “good changes” ahead!

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    Virginia Rowell
    August 23, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I’m looking forward to the holidays. With this economy, I am going to turn to baking for gifts. The best part is experimenting and this pie looks wonderful It will be one of my first try outs.

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    jeryl jagoda
    August 23, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Okay Maris… this one looks just too unbelievable!!! And I would not even dare attempt this one. How about you just fed ex me one? Pretty Please?

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    helenlam
    August 23, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I’m looking forward to it being vacation time! I always enjoy fall weather as it tends to be nice everywhere. I also enjoy it when persimmons come into season.

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    Barbara
    August 23, 2010 at 1:55 am

    This pie looks scrumptious! ( I wish I could have sent some cool Stuttgart air overseas….some days this summer, it has felt like the middle of October here!) Can you use any type of pear for baking?

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    CeCe
    August 23, 2010 at 1:30 am

    This sounds so tasty! I love making pear tarts, but I’ve never put them into a pie.

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    sarah huffman
    August 23, 2010 at 1:04 am

    That pie has me looking forward to the fall comfort foods!

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    Julia
    August 23, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I love the smells of fall the slightly damp smell of the leaves, the crispness in the air and the fact that most bugs are gone!

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    Ashley Aberbach
    August 23, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Wow! That looks amazing…and not as many ingredients as you would think. Maybe I could try making it…although I’m sure it wouldn’t come out looking as delicious as the one above!

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    Mark M
    August 23, 2010 at 12:14 am

    oh man, that looks tasty! You just got me excited about this fall and all of the delicious pies i’ll be eating 🙂

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    Cecile
    August 22, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Pear, ginger, tazo tea, in a pie. Sounds like a winner!

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    Sarah
    August 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Beautiful pie, Mar! I want to make one now. And this fall, I’m looking forward to football the most! Although I do love drinking a nice hot mug of tea in the evenings without feeling like I might faint from the heat.

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    Stephanie V.
    August 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    pie looks amazing! looking forward to cooler temps – period. Too hot right now.
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    Nicole
    August 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Mmmm! Ohhhh man, this pie looks so good. I’ve never in a million years thought of using tea in a pie, and since fall for me is all about warming up (with hot drinks, blankies and baked goods) I’m really lookin’ forward to just the general change of pace! No more sweltering hot days or days where eating soup sounds weird because it’s still warm outside lol… yeah, fall’s a nice time of year. Not too cold, but not hot either.

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    Kristen
    August 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    That looks like a delicious taste of fall, for sure!

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    Kelly
    August 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Yum. Good luck dear. I cannot remember if I mentioned this, btw, but I recently updated my RSS feeder to FeedBurner so if you subscribed you’ll have to resubscribe. 🙂

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    Heidi Renée
    August 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, I never thought to make a pear pie, but it makes so much sense! And the ginger makes me want to try it even more. In the directions you mentioned butter, but how much?
    Fall is hands down my favorite season, but it takes forever for it to arrive in central California. I probably won’t be able to wear a sweater for another couple of months! I bought one the other day though, and today I grabbed a bottle of pumpkin pie flavored syrup for lattes. I am SO ready. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I would probably eat this pie while watching college football.
    I’m already a fan/follower on Facebook and Twitter. 🙂

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    nancy morrissey lloyd
    August 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    really anxious to try this

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    terry
    August 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    i will definitely be making this,the first chill in the air. sounds warm and fuzzy and yummy!

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    KATHY MATHIS
    August 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I don’t like anything with cooked pears (or apples) but this looks delicious. And reminds me so much of fall!

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    Laura D
    August 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I’m looking forward to family time. And maybe a slight nip in the air. But just a slight one. I still love my summer heat. I do love the colors of the fall decorations though.

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    Rene Joaquin
    August 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Desserts always top a meal and healthy fruit pies are definitely great toppings.

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    lynn
    August 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Fall is the most beautiful season. Last year I was on a cruise to New England and Canada. This year is a trip to New Hampshire. Pears are one of my favorite fruits and this recipe sounds very yummy — and easy. Thank you for sharing.

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    Chris Perrin
    August 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    So, I am in no way excited for fall, cold weather, etc. etc., but I am more than a little intrigued by this pie. So I’m going to make it very shortly!
    The pictures are also very nice.
    Chris

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    Alice
    August 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I’m already starting to cook with Fall spices like curry powder, ginger, cardamon, cloves, etc.

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    Jessica
    August 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    This looks beautiful Maris! Holy yum!

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    Amber G
    August 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I love Fall because the risk of forest fires goes almost away. My hillsides turn, I feel the need for snuggly socks and I break out my spicy,warm candles. And, I get to put my heavy,oh so comfy comforter back on my bed.
    I love spring and ADORE fall..not so much summer and winter.

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    Susan
    August 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    This Pie looks so good Im hungry just looking at it.I love the fall because that is the time we get to savor all these wonderful different flavors..peach pie..apple pie..yummmm

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    Michelle Del Rosario
    August 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I look forward to the changing of the seasons. Fall is a time for me to appreciate the summer blessings I’ve had and prepare for the winter and holiday gatherings. As we get busy with school activities I try and make sure to make simple, but flavorful dinners so that we have family time at least once a day.

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    Karen Greene
    August 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I admit it I am a summerholic. Fall and school buses make me unhappy. But Fall is great for sailing and cooking pies and family dinners, instead of trying to cook everything on the bar-b-que, so I don’t heat up the house. I will share your pie recipe with my daughter who loves the Fall and Fall clothing. P.S. I am an old friend of your mom’s from HS.

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    brian
    August 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Thanksgiving is the best thing about fall. Eventhough this one will be the worst for me , losing my mom and dad this year but its still my favorite time of year and the bonding makes it the best.

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    Susan
    August 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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    kelsey @ une-americaine in france
    August 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I’ve never had a pear pie! This looks delicious!! Pear + Ginger sounds like such an obvious combo once you point it out!

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    Susan
    August 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I look forward to Thanksgiving because it reminds me of my childhood and I want my children to grow up having those special memories I have. Staying up all night and sneaking little bites of all the little delicacies my mom was making for the guests, smelling pumpkin roast in the oven, and have the fire place going (well I live LA, so more like the fire pits going by the beach).

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    Emily
    August 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I usually don’t like pie, but this looks really good!!I can’t believe it’s almost fall time!

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    Kate B
    August 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, this pie is definitely something I’m looking forward to about fall! Also, sweaters, layering, flannel, boots (!), and the return of rustic, warm, hearty dishes on restaurants’ menus. And homemade soups!

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    lisa keys
    August 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Beautiful lattice work and I love the combination of flavors–I think this will be on my Thanksgiving menu…good-bye pumpkin!

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    beyond
    August 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    mmmh tea. i am looking forward to cooler weather myself… cheers to that.

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats}
    August 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I am so ready for fall too! I’ve been craving soups and baked bread and all sorts of things that require the oven or are just too hot to eat when it is 90+ degrees outside. This is silly but I’m also looking forward to wearing jeans again. I’m tired of shorts and all my summer clothes. I’ve been eying a really cute gray tweed blazer for this fall.

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    Daryl
    August 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    The pie looks exquisite. I love watching the leaves change color and the brisk nip in the air.

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