With Christmas just around the corner, I can’t resist sharing one of my all-time favorites. This recipe goes back at least 30 years or more. Nina Eberhard opened her popular Pie Shop in the then-fledgling Nielsen’s Shopping Center, after retiring from the Bit O' Denmark restaurant in Solvang, and made her mark as baker extraordinaire. My favorite was her Southern Chess Pie. Not the creamy, citrus pie one normally thinks of when they hear “chess,” Nina’s was and is basically a pecan pie made with walnuts and a few changes. Add this pie to your holiday table. It’s different, delicious and a definite hit. It’s popularity in my family is a given, and it’s son-in-law Robert’s annual December birthday request.

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