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November was the month for Visitors. In fact, I think there were only a couple of days in total that our guest room was free. It was fantastic.

One thing about Visitors: they often expect Pies. Even the smallest ones.
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When you see these items in your kitchen, it’s time to get excited. A Caramel Apple-Pecan Pie is likely on the way.

A total of 40 caramels are required for this pie. I love the saltiness of Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel caramels, so I used those. No regrets. When I first read the recipe, I thought I was going to have to unwrap and chop each caramel into quarters. Then I realized that I only had to cut up ten of them…the ones that go into the pie crust…and I stopped banging my head against the wall.
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This isn’t the fastest pie ever to make (1. Pastry 2. Apple Caramel Filling 3. Pecan Crumb Topping 4. Caramel and Pecans) so be forewarned. 1000% worth it, though.

Would you look at that beauty?!

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There are few things I enjoy more than a table full of good food, friends and family. And this night was especially special because it’s not often that I get a table full of New Jersey all the way in California.
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Mike works for M&M’s/Mars, so his taste in sweets is impeccable.

His face here says, “I am Mike Robinson, and I approve of this pie.”IMG_1191

Even Obi tried to get his paws on a slice. Little rapscallion.

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