We were hit with a late season, sort of big, snowstorm this past Sunday, as was most of the midwest. Almost 10 inches of snow fell here, and I think it caught most everyone off guard. The roads got really nasty, and lots of things got cancelled – including the Sunday morning services at my church, which is kind of rare. So, we had a snow day.

My brother Dustin and sister-in-law Melissa live right around the corner from me. I could probably throw a rock and hit their house, they’re so close. Not that I would ever do that. It’s fun to be neighbors, especially on days like this. We bundled up and headed out into the snow for a while, and ended up walking all the way downtown and ate lunch. Then we spent the rest of the day watching basketball, of course! March Madness. LOVE this time of year. Unfortunately, our Mizzou Tigers got knocked out in the first round of the tournament. Again. (Seriously!?! Come ON you guys!!!!!) Oh well. It’s still fun to watch all the other teams battle it out.

We decided that our Sunday afternoon basketball watching marathon called for some pie. I have this cookbook in my kitchen, and I remembered that it had a recipe for Tar Heel pie, which was perfect. Are we Tar Heel fans? Nope. Absolutely not. The Tar Heels just happened to be playing our biggest rival in the whole world – those Kansas Jayhawks. We love to hate ’em, but I’m going to go ahead and say that we miss them, too. Something just wasn’t right about this basketball season. There was a hole in our schedule, and it definitely could only have been filled by a Jayhawk.

The pie was unbelievably good…but Kansas still won.


Tar Heel Pie


Pastry for a 9-inch single crust pie
1/2 cup butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, beaten well
1 tsp vanilla


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch pie pan with the crust and crimp the edges. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter, remove it from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir quickly to melt the chocolate and combine them well.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and pecans and mix them well.  Add the eggs, vanilla and the chocolate mixture. Stir everything together into a thick, rich, nutty chocolate filling. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake until the pie is puffy, handsomely browned, and firm in the middle. 30 to 40 minutes.