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 […]

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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 […]

Tar Heel Pie for Valentine’s Day

If you’re not from around here, you may not know that we who call North Carolina home are commonly referred to as Tar Heels. In colonial times, North Carolina settlements were a major source of pitch and tar, derived from pine trees and used to seal the hulls of ships.  So widespread was the production […]

Brats and Beer Pot Pie

No one has come forward to point out my glaring oversight, but somehow September 23rd, 2016 – National Great American Pot Pie Day – came and went without notice, flying completely under my radar. My apologies: I intended no slight. But shame on me anyway for not tipping my hat to a category of pies […]

Butterscotch Oatmeal Pie

I don’t know if it’s cabin fever, post-holiday depression, or jitters about all the drama unfolding in our nation’s capital, but the world seems to be a trifle cranky this week. The reason I think so is because I got an email on Wednesday from a reader who, after last week’s post about presidents and […]

Maple Walnut Vinegar Pie

It’s Inauguration Day 2017, the circumstance and pomp are still pomping away, and yet here I sit, along with the rest of the world, waiting to see if our newly installed president will be the equal of our just-departed one, pie-wise. It’s hard to know. During primary season all politicians love pie. No self-respecting candidate […]

Natchitoches Meat Pies

Just in case you haven’t figured this out by now, I’m a sucker for virtually anything wrapped in a pastry dough. Cornish meat pies, hand pies, empanadas, turnovers sweet and savory, Indian samosas – if you’ve got a filling and a flaky, crusty wrapper, you’re probably one of my BFFs. A few years back I […]