Kale and Mushroom Pie with Seeded Crust

In 1976, the year I got out of the Navy, I was living in my hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey and working at my brother’s print shop (which, incidentally, is where I printed and self-published my first three cookbooks – long story for another day.) I was having the time of my life. I grew […]

Home For the Holidays, Baking of Course

It’s a good thing the economy doesn’t rely on the likes of me for any sort of stimulus spending this time of year. If it did, there’d be no Black Friday or holiday spike in sales. Retailers would remain in the red. Our economy would sputter and quickly run out of steam. I haven’t done […]

Eggnog Cream Pie

It’s time to cut loose on the pie dance floor. You’ve dutifully baked your way through the seasons and Thanksgiving, paying your respects to apple, pumpkin, pecan – all manner of traditional pies. You’ve earned something a little outlandish and over-the-top, wouldn’t you say? Maybe something a little naughty and nice all in one crust? […]

9 Things I’m Grateful For: A Thanksgiving Gratitude Journal

I have always loved Thanksgiving. It’s the Super Bowl of meals for those of us who love to cook and spend time in the kitchen.  Ask me about my favorite part of the holiday, however, and I won’t tell you that it’s the meal, the time off, or even – heaven forbid – the pie. […]

The Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2016 In Review

Saturday morning, this past October 22nd, thirteen members of The Pie Academy convened for a weekend of pie making, sweet and savory, in Charleston, South Carolina, a warm and welcoming American town like no other. Yours truly served as instructor and orchestrator, ably assisted by my wife Bev, whom – I often say – has […]

North Carolina Sweet Potato Pie…and a Dollop of Gratitude

We have begun the final countdown to the 2016 Lowcountry Pie Getaway in Charleston, South Carolina this coming weekend. We’re at capacity – thirteen of you will be arriving from all across the country – though our event is, by many measures, a modest one. You’d never know it, however, if you happened by The […]

Heart Attacks and Comebacks, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

This is a pie blog, not a personal diary, a place where you have every right to expect to find sage pie making advice – something I’ve done a pretty poor job of delivering these last few months. And while this isn’t a personal diary, The Pie Academy often does feel to me like a […]

Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2016 – Charleston, SC – October 21st, 22nd and 23rd

Registration for this year’s Lowcountry Pie Getaway in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina is officially open. This will be our third such Getaway. In case you’re new to The Pie Academy and you’ve not seen the previous write ups here, the Lowcountry Pie Getaway is your chance to meet, mingle, and bake alongside other passionate pie […]

Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2016: Save the Date

Hear ye, all pie lovers – we’re ready to announce the dates for this coming fall’s highly anticipated Lowcountry Pie Getaway, to be held once again in Charleston, South Carolina. We considered other states, other venues, but when all was said and done we simply couldn’t find another location that offered a such an  incredible […]

On Being a Pie Whisperer: It Ain’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

Today is Pi Day, a day when folks around the globe gather to salute the mathematical constant of 3.14. Amidst the usual merrymaking you’d expect with a celebration of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, they’ll be all manner of pie baking and pie eating events to mark the occasion […]