Archive for February 21st, 2008

Ever heard of a chess pie? No, neither me…but here it is!…and there’s a love cake with a chess sponge to order…!

On a cold, dreary day, Tangerine Chess Pie offers sweet sunshine by the slice. All of your favorite citrus fruits are in great supply right now. Mounds of ruby red grapefruit, juicy oranges, sweet tangerines, and tart lemons and limes dominate the produce section. Give them a squeeze, and turn the refreshing essence into this terrific dessert. When you need a shortcut, you can use cartons of fresh-squeezed juice. Some markets even carry fresh-squeezed tangerine juice. If tangerines aren’t your favorite citrus fruit, then try a lemon-lime, orange, or grapefruit pie.

Prep: 12 minutes
Bake: 53 minutes
Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie

1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons grated tangerine rind

1/3 cup fresh tangerine juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Garnishes: sweetened whipped cream, tangerine slices

Unfold piecrusts; stack piecrusts on a lightly floured surface. Roll into 1 (12-inch) circle.

Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.

Bake piecrust at 450 degrees for 8 minutes; cool on a wire rack.

Whisk together sugar and next 9 ingredients until blended. Pour into piecrust.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until center is set, shielding edges of crust with aluminum foil after 20 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool on a wire rack. Garnish with whipped cream and tangerine slices, if desired.

Grapefruit Chess Pie:
Substitute fresh grapefruit juice and rind for tangerine juice and rind. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and grapefruit rind or lime rind and lime slices, if desired.

Lemon-Lime Chess Pie:
Substitute fresh lime juice for tangerine juice and 1 teaspoon grated lime rind and 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind for tangerine rind. Garnish pie with sweetened whipped cream, lime and lemon wedges, and grated lime and lemon rind, if desired.

Orange Chess Pie:
Substitute fresh orange juice and rind for tangerine juice and rind. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream, orange slices, and orange rind, if desired.

Source of RECIPE here.

To order this love cake with a chess sponge…click HERE …..

Picture: celebratecakes.com/mysite/grooms_cakes.htm

I copied the following recipe/post as it is from The Kenilworthchessclub … enjoy!

The Kenilworthian’s Apple Chess Tarts

  • 12 ready made mini pie shells (I used two packages of Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups peeled and grated Granny Smith apples (about 3-4 regular sized apples)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


  • Cream butter and sugar using a hand-mixer.
  • Add eggs and flour and mix until well-blended, but do not over-mix.
  • Grate apples using a standard cheese grater, trying to avoid getting too much apple juice into the mix. You want nice shreds of apple, loosely measured at about 2 cups. I recommend Granny Smith apples, but any relatively firm and tart apple will do.
  • Mix in lemon juice (for added tartness) and cinnamon. Both are optional. Some people prefer the taste of the apple to come through. I like most of all to accentuate the tartness of the apples. The cinnamon just makes it seem more like good old apple pie.
  • Fold grated apple mixture into the batter. Don’t worry if it gets a little runny with the lemon and apple liquid.
  • Divide mixture equally among 12 mini pie shells.
  • Bake on a cookie sheet (or foil) for 8 min. at 400 degrees, then 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees or until lightly browned on top.

I made these for our Annual Holiday Party on Thursday and they were a big hit. I adapted the recipe from one for chess pie that I have seen posted several places on the internet. There actually is no connection between “chess pie” and the game of chess, by the way: likely the name derives from a corruption of the word “cheese,” either because cheese was often added to the recipe (it was popular among Southern farmers) or because the solids tend to “cheese up” at the surface of the pie, no one really knows. Even if the name has no real connection to the game, though, it is fun to make for a chess-related function.

I’ve been playing around with apple “chess” recipes of late (see here and here, here and here). I decided to go with apple chess tarts over chess pie because the pie gets rather gooey and is not easy to slice up without making a mess. I definitely do not recommend the pie version if you are going to share it at a social function. But the tarts or mini-pies are really perfect for parties. The only tricky part is figuring out how best to eat them…. Likely I should have removed them from the foil before serving, since people ended up either using a spoon on them (not the best solution) or plopping them out onto a plate (hardly very elegant).

Here’s a recipe for “chess cake” that I’ve been meaning to try.


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Read this article in PDF format by Tim Harding about the “Queens of chess”…kibitz109.pdf

 You might find this article interesting… it’s not about chess/music and if men are better… or not… what is your opinion when it comes to chess…why do you think  men are better at playing the game? Is it because you agree what they’ve “discovered” according to this article? or do you think differently?

Chess players on the chess site always ask me…how long have you been playing chess? Then my reaction is always a kind of lengthy reply… When I was 11, I learnt how to play the game…my first chess book…about Bobby Fischer/Boris Spassky and their games…was given to me as a birthday present at age 12. – see image here:


 I was the only one in the family to play it and played through their games to learn a bit more.. and I think that’s why I like Bobby Fischer till today…for his chess. When at secondary school, one teacher called all children interested in playing chess to his class. I turned up too…. very enthusiastic…of course the only girl too….but, only to be greeted  with a sea of boys’ faces…sending me different messages…..”wow, a girl to play chess!”…or…. “gee…you wanna play chess? and you’re a girl…don’t tell me you know anything about chess!”…or… “hey! chess is for boys..what are you doing here!”… or…”are you sure you got the correct message?”… anyway.. a lot went through my mind, but those expressions were a bit intimidated and I didn’t even enter the room, as those boys were all about 3 years older than me! I was first year in secondary and they looked like 20 yr-olds!  It was really scary looking at them and you felt so “small”… so, never played at secondary school! Take it from me today.. if you’re a girl..and your dream is to play chess and to be good at it……don’t even let these lovely humans, we call “men” stand in your way! Live your dream and play chess! It is cool/kewl for girls to play chess! and not if boys play it…there are too many of them…boring! 🙂
At my first school where I taught  my colleague-friend was the chess teacher and I used to help her and also taught some of the kids whenever she asked me…I sometimes spent the afternoon with her chess kids for the fun. At my second school my headteacher asked me to start a chess club almost immediately after I started teaching there and I was on cloud 9 as I was about to tell him that I want to start a chess club and from there on…it was non-stop. We always tried to get more girls into chess and I think it was easier for the girls to come and play because of me being a female and they could easily relate to me too.


Men and women are clearly different species. And this is more than just physical: it goes in all inner organs, including the brain, explaining behavioral differences but also the opposite desires, sensitivities, preferences…

The brain is masculinized from the womb by testosterone (its lack determines the feminization of the brain), generating anatomical differences that explain why the males find it harder to read facial expressions than women do, but explain their higher ability to visualize objects in three dimensions or read maps, labyrinths and diagrams.
When it comes to women – the corpus callosum, the major white matter tract, connecting the two brain hemispheres, allowing their intercommunication – is much wider. That’s why women have their brain functions more finely distributed, while men have a more “asymmetrical” brain, with more specialized areas and, for example, a lesion on the left hemisphere, which can induce speech loss, is more devastating for men. If the stroke is only on one side of the brain, a woman can rehabilitate, while the man may have more trouble with it, because the woman may be able to perform tasks using the other side of her brain. This also mean that men are more prone to senile dementia and the age-related decline is much steeper than in women.
But this also explains why women have better concrete thinking while men have a better abstract one (and are better at chess and composing music) and why women prefer to repeat loudly what they are learning while men must learn in silence.

The female brain is 11 % lighter than the male brain, still IQ coefficients of the women are similar to those of the men. That’s because men have less gray matter (that processes information) and more white matter (that transmits information). This explains why the female brain learns easier and men have more motor ability. Women also express their emotions better, because their emotional thinking centers are close to the speech centers, so they can verbalize their emotions better. Men have a simpler limbic system, and their emotions are bound to action. The rest of the article can be read HERE ….

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