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 […]

Sawdust Pie: The Delectable Pie with the Unfortunate Name

 Several weeks ago, while pie-binging my way through Texas, Illinois, Michigan, and back home again – all this for a story you’ll hear more about very soon – I encountered an old friend I hadn’t seen in quite a while: sawdust pie.  I first heard about sawdust pie way back when I was working on […]

Philly Cheesesteak Hand Pies for Super Bowl Sunday

 It’s been several weeks since my last communication – a near eternity in the online realm, at least when measured against the thrice daily messages I seem to get from so many quarters – and I feel remiss in my role as Dean of The Pie Academy. My apologies. I hope you won’t take it […]

Stocking Stuffer Cranberry Cherry Pies

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and, understandably, a lot of folks have big plans. But not me. I’ve got little plans. More to the point, this is the weekend I’ll bake up some little pies – pint size beauties which, judging from the joy they always bring, pay a ten gallon dividend. I trust […]

The Perfect Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. And while normal folks are beginning to stress that this year’s turkey will again resemble something on the autopsy table in an episode of CSI, or on the whereabouts of the good china, the seating arrangement, side dishes, or the inevitable family drama that unfolds as reliably as […]

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 […]

Apple Cheddar Pie with Toasted Walnuts

Of the many debates that rage among bakers in this season of apple pies – variety, thick slices or thin, white sugar or brown (and how much), to peel or not to peel – there is one that gets far less attention than it deserves: how best to marry our delicious, American made Cheddar cheese […]