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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]