Holiday Sweets

Okay, obviously any holiday meal is nothing without something sweet at the end. I'm a bit, um, infamous when it comes to my love for rich desserts, so this Thanksgiving was no exception.

Flourless chocolate torte from Emeril's recipe. Amazing, for all you chocolate lovers. Closer to a brownie than cake, it's almost like a truffle. I made this a night ahead of time and chilled in the fridge, so it's an easy part of the meal to get out of the way early.

Cranberry sauce. A Thanksgiving staple, but I don't really like it on my turkey. Good news: it also makes a great topping on anything chocolate. Mine was simple: a 12 oz bag of cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1/2 cup water. Also made the night before.

I'm biased toward all things chocolate, but one exception is cherry pie. Oh, my, god, I love cherry pie. This is actually cherry / blueberry / strawberry pie, but just as good. My friend Carol made this delicious dessert, including the crust(s), from scratch. Aren't those leaves beautiful?

Ohhh sweet, sweet, diabetes.