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 […]

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 […]

Slab Pie Dough

Slab pies – like our Peach Blueberry Slab Pie – aren’t only fun to make; they feed a dozen or more, whereas your average 9-inch round pie feeds about eight. The catch? You’ll need more dough to make the shell for your slab pie pan, namely a 15-inch by 10-inch by 1-inch tall jelly roll […]

Ratatouille Poached Eggs

I’m a voracious reader, I love to read stories about successful people and their habits, and doing so has led me to conclude this: the thing that separates the Donald Trumps and Bill Gateses of the world from those of more modest means – me, for instance – is our morning routines. They, we often […]