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 […]

The Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2015 – Charleston, South Carolina

 Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina – The “Holy City” For months now – indeed, since the October 2014 Lowcountry Pie Getaway in Savannah – we’ve been getting anxious emails from Pie Academy members wanting to know as much as possible about our next Getaway. Well, I’m pleased to say that we have finally nailed down […]

My USA Today Top Ten Pie Picks…and My Problem with Pi Day

A few weeks back I had a call from the USA Today, a fellow named Larry, asking if I’d like to help them out with an upcoming story about the best places in the country to eat a slice of pie. Me being the Dean of The Pie Academy and all, I seemed like the […]

Not Your Usual Holiday Gift Guide

  I don’t know about you, but I find it easy, this time of year, to be nostalgic for a day when the holiday season started a few weeks before Christmas instead of right after back-to-school sales….when the terms “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” didn’t exist…when the only stampedes we saw on TV were the […]

New Video: How to Make a Lattice Top Crust for your Fruit Pies

Before we get to the business at hand – showing you a simple technique for creating a lattice top crust, way simpler than you ever imagined – lattice take a moment to talk about my previous post, our photos and reflections from the first Lowcountry Pie Getaway held a couple of weekends ago in Savannah. […]

Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2014: Photo Album and Reflections

(A note from Ken: Here is a recap of our 2014 Lowcountry Pie Getaway. Details for our 2015 Lowcountry Pie Getaway in Charleston, South Carolina this coming October can be found here.) Last week, five intrepid Pie Academy members gathered in historic Savannah, Georgia for our first Lowcountry Pie Getaway. It was a full weekend […]