Meet the Cook: For me, baking is a relaxation rather than a chore. This is one of my favorites, a dessert I adapted from a neighbor's recipe for praline chocolate pie.
The house my husband and I live in is in the suburbs, overlooking fields.
-Sandra Haase, Baltimore, Maryland
Meet the Cook: As a cold and tasty finishing touch, my husband and I usually put a dip of ice cream on top of this pie. The recipe's from my mother - each year, I make it for Christmas, and then for my sister-in-law's New Year's party besides.
-Laverne Kamp, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
It's well worth the effort to prepare this spectacular tart, which is best made and served the same day. A friend gave me the recipe, and it always receives rave reviews at gatherings. —Susan Terzakis, Andover, Massachusetts
Whenever I ask my family which pie they'd like me to make, everyone gives the same answer - Blueberry Cream Pie! This refreshing dessert has an enticing cream layer topped with lots of plump blueberries.
—Kim Erickson, Sturgis, Michigan
Meet the Cook: Pies are the dessert I like best to prepare. This one's the favorite for family get-togethers, and it has been awarded blue ribbons at a couple of local fairs.
My husband's a cattleman. We're the parents of six and grandparents of nine.
-Theresa Brazil, Petaluma, California
This recipe came from the best cook in West Virginia—my mother! I just added a little to her ingredients.
I'm a widow, and my grown children live in another state. So mostly I make my custard pie for church and club functions. It's the most different pie of all the ones in my collection.
Each year, we grow quite a bit of rhubarb...so the main ingredient when I make this pie is homegrown! It's my favorite rhubarb dessert come spring.
We have six grown children, one who's 15 and five grandchildren.
You'll find this pie's very convenient for taking to a covered-dish supper, picnic, etc. But be prepared—people always ask for a copy of the recipe!
Attending auction sales together is a fun hobby for my husband and me.