Swiss Chard Galette

My wife Bev and I just returned from a trip to Charlottesville, Virginia where I was a speaker at the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book. As Bev will attest, it’s often difficult (maddening is the term she’d probably use) to get me out the door and away from my desk and kitchen. For better […]

Spaghetti Squash and Parmesan Cheese Quiche

It’s March, not exactly peak season for pie makers, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m stretching when our featured recipe is a quiche made with spaghetti squash. Forgiven, but mistaken. But this is no stretch. It’s about shining a light on one of my favorite veggies of all time, one that’s both under-appreciated […]

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Cream Pie

You may remember a few weeks ago I sent out a survey asking what sort of courses you’d like to see offered at The Pie Academy going forward. Somewhat surprisingly (at the time) cream pies got a whole lot of love.   In hindsight, I don’t know why that came as a surprise. After all, […]

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 […]

Three Berry Crostata

Like most of the guys I know, I’m somewhat challenged – which is to say nearly clueless – when it comes to choosing the right gift for special occasions. I shudder at some of the embarrassing selections I’ve made over the years. Many are on permanent display in the Gift Giving Hall of Shame. You would […]

Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie

I probably would have tried to put a softer spin on it, but I get where the man who gave us Lake Wobegon is coming from: pumpkin pie can be pretty boring. I know more than a few people who consider it almost an obligation to indulge every fall, compelled less by love than out […]

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 […]

Blueberry Cream Scones with Mint Sugar…and an Oregon Update

So I was out in Oregon this past week, on the first of four legs of the media tour for my newly released book, The Harvest Baker. It’s been several years since I’ve flown anywhere, so this trip was a vivid reminder of why modern air travel ranks right up there with heart attacks and tooth […]

Grilled Flatbread with Hummus and Veggies

I thought we’d take a little break from making fruit pies this week so we could make another kind of pie – pizza pie. And not just any pizza pie, but a grilled pizza pie. It probably won’t surprise you that this recipe for Grilled Flatbread with Hummus and Veggies is from my new book, […]

Food Processor Pizza Dough

Here’s the pizza dough recipe I use for virtually all of my pizzas. I make pizza year round, but one of my favorite pastimes in the summer is grilling pizza – that’s right, on the grill – using fresh summer veggies. Company loves it because grilling pizza is still a pretty novel idea, not something […]