Knowing that everyone would be sitting down to "traditional" Thanksgiving fare that week, I wanted to make desserts that were "traditional with twist." I borrowed heavily from Cooking Light recipes, but in the end, I "make them my own" (to quote the infamous Paula Abdul).
First up...Ooey-Gooey Apple Sheet Cake. I had never made this before, but a read-through of the recipe told me this was like an apple pie cake! I am not a huge fan of pie (however, I discovered over the holiday that I can make a mean pie crust!), but I am a lover of all things cake! After mixing the batter, and before assembly, I did a "taste-test" of the batter, and knew it was a winner. It wasn't terribly gooey, but oh so yummy! For a non-chocolate dessert, this one goes straight to the top of my LOVE pile!
Second, Oatmeal Pecan Pie. I have never made a pecan pie before, but it is the November 2006 Cooking Light cover recipe. Depsite that I did not love the picture on the cover, the recipe was simple and apparently very tasty. I added 1/2 cup Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips, which I think made this pie a repeater (and I have gotten requests for the recipe!).