We dared Bluestem’s pastry chef, Megan Garrelts, to improve upon our homemade pumpkin pie. She accepted the challenge and simply added layers of rich chocolate mousse and frothy meringue. It looks like we’ve been one-upped.
In case you forgot, making a classic Southern dessert is a piece of cake, er, pie. We consulted with The Los Angeles Athletic Club (a hotel, not a cruelly named bakery) for its recipe that will qualify you for many parties to come.
Top Chef contestant Zac Young loves “eating holidays.” For Thanksgiving, he turns cranberry orange bread into a decadent dessert by soaking it in alcohol and serving it with ice cream and sauteed cranberries.