The Freezer Fruit Pie Challenge

No sooner had I posted last week’s story about Blueberry Buttermilk Pie than I began to feel a little twitch of guilt about purchasing fresh blueberries for said pie.  Yes, they were only a few bucks. But I’m a frugal by osmosis. The son of depression era parents simply doesn’t waste frozen fruit, even odd […]

Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2018

Registration for this year’s Lowcountry Pie Getaway in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina is officially open and we sincerely hope you will join us. We’ll mark this special anniversary with several surprises, including an exciting new afternoon class on Sunday dedicated to those classic pies so many of us adore – Great American Cream Pies. And […]

Pie Zero to Pie Hero

Sound the trumpets, light the fireworks, and dust off your rolling pins…the ebook you’ve been waiting for is ready. So I began this project about six months ago with one purpose in mind – to create a concise, accessible volume that puts home bakers at ease about making pie crust and more pies, sweet and […]

The Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2017 in Review

A week ago today, a diverse group of Pie Academy members, including myself and my wife Bev, gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to take part in our 4th annual Lowcountry Pie Getaway. As always, I approached the weekend with a mix of excitement and concern. I love everything about the weekend, but this is our […]

The Harvest Baker Tour Goes to New England

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. – Robert Louis Stevenson Clearly our esteemed author was not on a book tour when he wrote these words. Fresh off an event-filled, weeklong swing through New England to promote The Harvest Baker, I can assure you that book tour travel […]

Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Maple Syrup Glaze

I’ve had cakes on my mind these last couple of weeks as much as I have pie, in large part because we’ve been sampling cake from The Harvest Baker at book signings here in the south recently. Nobody can question my love of pies, but the cakes in The Harvest Baker are so wildly wonderful […]

The Harvest Baker Southeast Book Tour Schedule

Fall is a busy time for most of us, busier still when peak pie season comes along and something called The Pie Academy is the center of your professional universe. Throw in a book tour and things start to get really interesting. Even I – already well-schooled in the art of overbooking myself – look […]

Flowerpot Bread, Ebooks, and Where The Heck Is My Pie Pan?

The Harvest Baker Update: Herb and Veggie Flowerpot Bread Did you know that you could bake bread in a flowerpot? Apparently a lot of cooks don’t, and maybe that’s why the Herb and Veggie Flowerpot Bread from The Harvest Baker is getting a lot of buzz online. Here’s the photo of the recipe from the […]

The Harvest Baker Book Trailer

I always love to watch the trailers when I go to the movies. A well made trailer hits all the right notes, builds suspense and, if it’s done well, makes you greatly anticipate the flick in question. Or, in this case, the book in question, that being my new cookbook – The Harvest Baker.  I’ll […]

How to Get Your Pie Dough into the Pie Pan

So you’ve got a big, sugared-and-spiced bowlful of berries at the ready. Your pie dough is rolled into a near perfect circle, waiting patiently on the counter, and you face the one last hurdle of getting it into your pan, in one piece, before your pie goes in the oven. How are you going to […]