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 […]

Blueberry Buttermilk Pie

We’re still a few weeks away from spring blueberries here in coastal North Carolina, and being a patient sort of fellow I typically don’t mind the wait. But this past week I found myself in the thrall of some long distance berries I simply couldn’t resist.  I’d gone to the market with no intention of […]

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 […]

Video: How to Make a Peach Pie

There are any number of fruit pies that you can make with packaged, frozen fruit and expect good results – berry pies, for instance – but peach is not one of them. Let’s just say frozen peaches are lacking where it matters most, and leave it at that. Which makes a really good peach pie […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Pie

The world of pie is full of pairings, some to the point of cliche, but nobody minds a cliche when it tastes extraordinarily good. Case in point: strawberry rhubarb pie. Talk about an attraction between opposites; it’s difficult to imagine a less likely partnership. Fresh ripe strawberries are the crown jewels of spring. We love […]

Maple Glazed Pear Pie

Winter is starting to get on my nerves, a rather peculiar statement from someone who survived twenty years in New Hampshire and now resides in the moderate climes of coastal North Carolina, but there you have it. A few extra decades can turn a fellow into a real sissy. It just goes to show you […]

How to Freeze an Apple Pie Before Baking It: A Thanksgiving Blueprint

I get a lot of questions about freezing fruit pies but, truth be told, I just don’t freeze fruit pies very often. When I have extra, I simply give it away while it’s still nice and fresh. This makes for happy neighbors and saves room in the freezer for essentials like ice cream, coffee, and […]

Watermelon Rind Pie

As a child of children of the Great Depression, I come by my frugal DNA honestly. We weren’t poor growing up, but my parents watched their pennies and taught us to be grateful – and respectful – for what we did have. This explains why I have little tolerance for food waste, I’m religious about […]

How to Make a Slab Pie

I know it’s a little late to reflect on such matters, but I’ve often wondered who came up with the bright idea that pie should be baked in a round, deep pan. I mean, what were they thinking? Indeed, you could easily make the case that your typical pie is much too thick and yields […]

Blueberry Sour Cream Crumb Pie

I was reminded the other day of summers past when I dropped by my sister’s home and her grandchildren, Adah and Owen, were in the backyard picking blueberries. In my New Hampshire summers of yore, berry picking was a regular pastime with my own children and it was heartening to see that the rules had […]