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Back in November, and actually through January, my husband and I tried to make reservations at Angus Barn in Raleigh. We had something special to celebrate and thought that would be a good place. We love eating at local restaurants, but we also enjoy getting away for extra special occasions.

We picked the wrong time of year — Christmastime — to go and could never get a reservation.

Flash forward to spring, and we all know why Reggie and I couldn’t eat at Angus Barn.

Well, one afternoon earlier this month I was working at my dining room table that now doubles as my work desk and suddenly started craving chocolate.

There are a lot of reasons why I don’t like working from home. I miss my co-workers. I miss my routine. I miss having lunch options within walking distance of my desk.

But there are a few things about working at home that I really enjoy. I can wear my pajama pants and fuzzy socks all day. I can sit in front of an open window and feel the breeze and hear the birds sing. And I can make chocolate pie when I have a craving.

So that’s what I did that afternoon. I made a chocolate pie. Specifically, I made Angus Barn’s famous chess pie.

I’ve had a chess pie recipe I’ve made for years, decades actually. But I decided to make the version Angus Barn serves.

This pie is super simple. In fact, it’s a great one to make with your kids.

It only takes a few minutes to mix together melted butter and chocolate squares and stir in a few other ingredients. Then pour it in the pie crust and bake. It’s just that simple.

The result is a rich chocolate treat, like fudge.

It’s good warm from the oven or at room temperature. It’s good unadorned, and it’s good with whipped cream and maybe a drizzle of chocolate.

If you want a quick treat for your family — whether it’s an afternoon chocolate fix or a special dessert to finish off a meal — give this easy pie a try.

Thanks, Angus Barn. We still want to have a meal with you, with or without the Christmas decorations.

Lisa Boykin Batts has been writing a weekly food column since 2001. Her column includes recipes she and her family enjoy.