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 […]

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 […]

A Warm (and Furry) Pre-Holiday Road Trip to New England

I’ve reached the age in life where I feel entitled to exercise certain privileges, perhaps none so advantageous to my mental and emotional health as not traveling over the holidays. Traveling at the holidays and putting oneself at the mercy of overworked TSA agents, capricious weather, and Woodstock-like traffic jams on I-95 that threaten to drain […]

Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2015: Charleston Highlights

When I started The Pie Academy several years ago, my goal was to create an active online community of passionate pie makers with whom I could share pie making tips, recipes, advice, and information about pie making tools…both in print and with online video. But as time went by and our community grew, it became […]

Savory Fresh Tomato and Basil Pie

I love fresh tomato pie. The fact that there’s about as much agreement on the correct way to make it, as there is on which of the sixteen (and counting) Republican presidential hopefuls is best qualified for the job, doesn’t bother me in the least. Nor should it bother you. I’ve been experimenting with tomato […]

Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2015 – Charleston: New Video and Update

In case you’re sitting on the fence about attending this October’s Lowcountry Pie Getaway in Charleston, South Carolina, here’s a video I made to give you a bit of a nudge and a little taste of Charleston, too. We’re getting very close to full, so please don’t delay if you’re serious about coming. We want […]