How to Get Your Pie Dough into the Pie Pan

So you’ve got a big, sugared-and-spiced bowlful of berries at the ready. Your pie dough is rolled into a near perfect circle, waiting patiently on the counter, and you face the one last hurdle of getting it into your pan, in one piece, before your pie goes in the oven. How are you going to […]

Asparagus Tart with Bacon and Blue Cheese

The next time you’re in the market for a new good friend, I’ve got a suggestion: shop around for someone who grows his own asparagus. Or her own asparagus. Gender’s not the point. The point, if I may state the obvious, is that asparagus friends are worth their weight in, well, asparagus. While the rest […]

Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2017 – Charleston, SC – October 6th, 7th and 8th

Registration for this year’s Lowcountry Pie Getaway in beautiful Charleston, SC is officially open. We hope you will join us. This will be our fourth annual Getaway. In case you’re new to The Pie Academy and you’ve not seen the previous write ups, you can read about the last couple of them here and here. […]

The Harvest Baker – A Special Preview

Well, it’s time to fess up and let you know that I’ve been quietly working on a new book for the past couple of years now, one – I couldn’t be more certain – that’s right up your alley. More in a moment, so hold onto your seats. I don’t feel bad about being mum […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Pie

The world of pie is full of pairings, some to the point of cliche, but nobody minds a cliche when it tastes extraordinarily good. Case in point: strawberry rhubarb pie. Talk about an attraction between opposites; it’s difficult to imagine a less likely partnership. Fresh ripe strawberries are the crown jewels of spring. We love […]

The Ultimate Guide to Blind Baking Your Pie Shell

  Blind baking – or baking your pie shell before the filling goes into the crust – is one of the most confusing and conflicting issues pie makers face. I know this because as Dean of The Pie Academy I get a ton of emails on the subject and they’re not, typically, about how well […]

An Avalanche of Good Feedback – Yours – For The Good Cooks Academy

I hadn’t intended to, but I’m going to skip pie this week so we can pick up the conversation where we left off last week, a conversation that’s continued all week long with a flood of emails from you about my forthcoming website, The Good Cooks Academy. However, I hate to disappoint so if you […]

Sign up now for The Good Cooks Academy

For some time now an idea has been percolating up in my gray matter and now I’m ready, at last, to spill the beans and hear what you think. You already know that I love making pies and teaching others how to do it, and that’s not about to change any time soon. We’ll continue […]

Maple Custard Pie

When I first moved from New Jersey to New Hampshire in 1980, I’m embarrassed to admit how little I knew about real maple syrup. I didn’t know that it took 40 gallons of sap, boiled down, to make a gallon of syrup. Or that Native Americans were tapping trees and making syrup well before colonists […]

Atlantic Beach Pie

I know you never do this, but I was meandering around the internet last week, doing a perfectly fine job of putting off whatever it was I was supposed to be doing, when I stumbled across a mention of a dessert called Atlantic Beach Pie. It caught my eye because Atlantic Beach – the one […]