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My USA Today Top Ten Pie Picks…and My Problem with Pi Day

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Sawdust Pie: The Delectable Pie with the Unfortunate Name

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Stocking Stuffer Cranberry Cherry Pies at The Pie Academy

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and, understandably, a lot of folks have big plans. But not me. I’ve got little plans. More to the point, this is the weekend I’ll bake up some little pies – pint size beauties which, judging from the joy they always bring, pay a ten gallon dividend. I trust […]

Cheddar Apple Pie with Butter Toasted Walnuts

Of the many debates that rage among bakers in this season of apple pies – variety, thick slices or thin, white sugar or brown (and how much), to peel or not to peel – there is one that gets far less attention than it deserves: how best to marry our delicious, American made Cheddar cheese […]

Peach Blueberry Pie at The Pie Academy

“An apple is an excellent thing, until you have tried a peach.” -George du Maurier, 19th century cartoonist and author This is not the first peach crumb pie recipe you have seen at The Pie Academy. And – as someone who shares the above sentiment with our esteemed author – it will not, likely, be […]

Plum Tart with Almond Crust

So between trips to the beach, your routine of lite summer reading, and lazy weekend outings, I’m quite aware you’ve been looking for a good reason to bake a plum pie or plum tart right about now. Allow me to offer you nine of them. Plums are (1) great for digestive problems, (2) heart healthy, […]

Blueberry Ginger Pie with Three-Grain Butter Crust

Call me an old codger if you want, but serving homemade pie used to be such an uncomplicated affair: Pie makes grand entrance. Proud baker blushes and fusses amid a chorus of oohs and aahs. Pie is sliced, ice cream scooped, faces are stuffed. The only acceptable noise thereafter would have been an appreciative grunt […]

Apple Pie a la mode at

So you love everything about your homemade apple pie and everything is cool. End of story, right? I’m guessing probably not. I take that back: I’m not guessing; I know. How? Because in the year and a half that I’ve had The Pie Academy up and running, I’ve heard from many home bakers who aren’t feeling […]

Mixed Berry Hand Pies at

How many times can you think of when it would be convenient – not to mention downright impressive and just plain cool – to serve fruit hand pies instead of your usual slice of fruit pie? How about in bag lunches? Or at tailgate parties? On the boat, a hike, at the beach, or for […]

Blueberry Pina Colada Pie from

When I lived in New Hampshire, for the twenty years prior to the turn of the century, I grew blueberries on my land in the little town of Rumney, a stone’s throw from Stinson Lake on the edge of the White Mountains. As a pie maker and food writer, I felt fortunate to have a […]

A slice of Peach Custard Pie from

This week marks the first anniversary of the passing of my friend, Marion Cunningham, an icon and champion – like her mentor, James Beard – of American home cooking. If you’re less than familiar with her body of work, it was Marion who was handpicked by Judith Jones, Beard’s friend and editor, to overhaul and […]

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Savory Pies

Philly Cheesesteak Hand Pies at The Pie Academy

 It’s been several weeks since my last communication – a near eternity in the online realm, at least when measured against the thrice daily messages I seem to get from so many quarters – and I feel remiss in my role as Dean of The Pie Academy. My apologies. I hope you won’t take it […]

Savory Corn Pudding Pie at The Pie Academy

I’ll be turning sixty in a few weeks, something a fellow can only take so much credit for. And even if I do have little say in the matter, I feel blessed to glance in the rearview mirror and find that almost everything in my life looks better in retrospect. Time and memory have a […]

Chicken Pot Pies at

For the better part of last year – the part where I wasn’t testing pie recipes, making videos for The Pie Academy, or going over to the beach as much as I wanted to – I was creating and testing recipes for my upcoming book, Comfort Food, to be published this fall by my good […]

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