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 […]

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 […]