Aside from spaghetti on my birthday, my favorite childhood recipe was a dessert my mother made called “Carlin’s Chocolate Pie.” This consisted of a meringue crust filled with what was essentially a chocolate mousse, all topped with a heavy dose of whipped cream. This was a staple at Thanksgiving but also made an appearance a few times throughout the year. Whenever it was discovered in the kitchen, we would sneak bites—or full slices—at all hours of the day and night, much to our mother’s chagrin. We never knew, however, why it was called “Carlin’s Chocolate Pie.” Who was Carlin? A friend or relative? Did she invent the recipe? Who is even named Carlin? So many questions, but we really didn’t care…as long as we had the pie.