My wife and I had a fantastic dinner at Poole's, capped off by some wonderful chocolate pecan pie. Is there any way you could get the recipe? -- D.C., Raleigh
Ashley Christensen, owner/chef of Poole's Downtown Diner (426 S. McDowell St.; 832-4477; www.poolesdowntowndiner.com ) shares the sweet secrets of her Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. Christensen credits Sunny Gerhart, who works alongside her in Poole's tiny kitchen, with the classic French pastry crust.
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