Sweet Carrot Pie

To understand just how surprisingly good this carrot pie is, you must first understand that I find carrots – especially on their own – pretty uninspiring. Boring, if we ditch the civility. I cook with them, I eat them without complaint or holding my nose like I did as a boy. But they simply don’t […]

The Best Pie Pans

I’d like to talk about pie pans this week, but I totally understand if you’re thinking we should have had this conversation about a month ago, when you were carrying around wads of holiday cash, and everyone you know was asking what you wanted for Christmas. Now you’re stuck with that deluxe 10-pack of herbal-scented […]

A Thanksgiving Message from The Pie Academy (video)

We’re down to the wire now, pie-wise, so you’ve probably got your Thanksgiving pie strategy all sketched out. And if you don’t? Better kick it into gear, my friend. I’ve provided some links below that will help you get on track quickly, quickly being the operative word here. Not so quickly, however, that you should […]

How to Slice Apples for an Apple Pie (Video)

This past week I put out the word that I was curious to learn more about your apple prepping routine when you make an apple pie. I wanted to know if you peeled your apples or not, sliced them thick or thin, how you cored them – all that good stuff. And you didn’t disappoint. […]

Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie

I probably would have tried to put a softer spin on it, but I get where the man who gave us Lake Wobegon is coming from: pumpkin pie can be pretty boring. I know more than a few people who consider it almost an obligation to indulge every fall, compelled less by love than out […]

The Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2017 in Review

A week ago today, a diverse group of Pie Academy members, including myself and my wife Bev, gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to take part in our 4th annual Lowcountry Pie Getaway. As always, I approached the weekend with a mix of excitement and concern. I love everything about the weekend, but this is our […]

The Harvest Baker Tour Goes to New England

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. – Robert Louis Stevenson Clearly our esteemed author was not on a book tour when he wrote these words. Fresh off an event-filled, weeklong swing through New England to promote The Harvest Baker, I can assure you that book tour travel […]

Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Maple Syrup Glaze

I’ve had cakes on my mind these last couple of weeks as much as I have pie, in large part because we’ve been sampling cake from The Harvest Baker at book signings here in the south recently. Nobody can question my love of pies, but the cakes in The Harvest Baker are so wildly wonderful […]

The Harvest Baker Southeast Book Tour Schedule

Fall is a busy time for most of us, busier still when peak pie season comes along and something called The Pie Academy is the center of your professional universe. Throw in a book tour and things start to get really interesting. Even I – already well-schooled in the art of overbooking myself – look […]

Blueberry Cream Scones with Mint Sugar…and an Oregon Update

So I was out in Oregon this past week, on the first of four legs of the media tour for my newly released book, The Harvest Baker. It’s been several years since I’ve flown anywhere, so this trip was a vivid reminder of why modern air travel ranks right up there with heart attacks and tooth […]