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Cakes

Jamy’s Apple Crumb Cake

Apple desserts aren’t always my favorite (I’ll choose chocolate every time), but this apple crumb cake is sooooo good. It has quite a few components (shortbread base, thinly sliced apples, custardy sauce, and crumb topping) and is a labor of love, but it’s a special dessert that’s worth the work.

Serve with a German Riesling.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 2 hours
Soups

Laure’s Crab & Corn Chowder

Vacationing with my cousin Laure usually means you’re in for some amazing food. Last week we stayed with her and her husband, Tim, in a cabin in Grand Teton National Park. Our first dinner at the cabin was this delicious and easy chowder, which smelled so good that a red fox peeked in the sliding glass door to see what was cooking.

Condiments

Tomato Gravy

Tomato gravy is a Southern staple, but isn’t part of my Southern family’s heritage. It may be time to change that.

This roux-based sauce of tomatoes and cream is delicious served with biscuits, fried chicken, and even mashed cauliflower.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups Total time: 15 minutes
Cakes

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

This cheesecake, with a gingersnap crust, pumpkin filling, and salted caramel sauce, is a beautiful holiday dessert, and serves enough to take to a party.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings Total time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Poultry

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

This combination of tomatoes, onions, and chicken, mildly scented with garam masala isn’t the most authentic Indian dish, but it’s a welcoming slow cooker meal at the end of a work day.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 8 hours
Cakes

Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Yield: 12 to 16 servings Total time: 2 hours
Cold Desserts

Chocolate Ice Cream

This recipe is well-known on the Internet as the most perfect chocolate ice cream you can make at home. It’s dense, chewy, and very chocolatey.

Yield: 1 quart Total time: 4 hours
Seafood

Guy’s Shrimp Risotto with Peas, Lemon, & Pecorino

Patience is one of Guy’s virtues, as is generosity. Throw in a sense of adventure in the kitchen, and you’ll find someone who makes great risotto. He made this risotto for Valentine’s Day and then again when we invited another couple over for dinner and ping pong. The combination of creamy rice, shrimp, peas, lemon zest, and pecorino cheese is hard to forget.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour
Pies

Pumpkin Pie with Streusel

Bake a filling of pumpkin puree, spices, and cream in a homemade crust, and then top with pecan streusel.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Pies

Steve’s Birthday Banoffee Pie

Our Scottish friend Steve spent his 30th birthday in Austin with us, and we celebrated with this banoffee pie. It has a lot of steps, from making caramel, baking the hazelnut crust, slicing bananas, and making whipped cream, but it is decadent and worthy of a special celebration.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 8 hours