Butterscotch Oatmeal Pie

I don’t know if it’s cabin fever, post-holiday depression, or jitters about all the drama unfolding in our nation’s capital, but the world seems to be a trifle cranky this week. The reason I think so is because I got an email on Wednesday from a reader who, after last week’s post about presidents and […]

Natchitoches Meat Pies

Just in case you haven’t figured this out by now, I’m a sucker for virtually anything wrapped in a pastry dough. Cornish meat pies, hand pies, empanadas, turnovers sweet and savory, Indian samosas – if you’ve got a filling and a flaky, crusty wrapper, you’re probably one of my BFFs. A few years back I […]

Kale and Mushroom Pie with Seeded Crust

In 1976, the year I got out of the Navy, I was living in my hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey and working at my brother’s print shop (which, incidentally, is where I printed and self-published my first three cookbooks – long story for another day.) I was having the time of my life. I grew […]

Eggnog Cream Pie

It’s time to cut loose on the pie dance floor. You’ve dutifully baked your way through the seasons and Thanksgiving, paying your respects to apple, pumpkin, pecan – all manner of traditional pies. You’ve earned something a little outlandish and over-the-top, wouldn’t you say? Maybe something a little naughty and nice all in one crust? […]

North Carolina Sweet Potato Pie…and a Dollop of Gratitude

We have begun the final countdown to the 2016 Lowcountry Pie Getaway in Charleston, South Carolina this coming weekend. We’re at capacity – thirteen of you will be arriving from all across the country – though our event is, by many measures, a modest one. You’d never know it, however, if you happened by The […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie

It’s Saturday, just past mid-season for Thanksgiving leftovers, but there’s still time left to try out one of the weekend’s easiest encore dishes: Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie. With a crust, of course.  How easy is it? You don’t even need a recipe*, that’s how easy. So I’m just going to walk you through it. The […]

Your Thanksgiving Pie Problems: What the Experts are Telling You…and What They’re Not

Okay, Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away and the airwaves – or wherever all this internet stuff happens – is burning up with advice on everything from how to fold a napkin in the shape of a turkey, to dealing with Uncle Saul’s bawdy jokes when he’s had one too many toddies. And […]

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 […]

Fresh Mint Chocolate Brownie Pie

It’s the end of summer and I know I should mark the occasion with a fruit pie finale and an impassioned plea for wringing the last drops of berry and stone fruit pie pleasure from the season, but… …the problem is I’ve had a serious hankering for a really decadent chocolate pie over the last […]