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 […]

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 […]