Brats and Beer Pot Pie

No one has come forward to point out my glaring oversight, but somehow September 23rd, 2016 – National Great American Pot Pie Day – came and went without notice, flying completely under my radar. My apologies: I intended no slight. But shame on me anyway for not tipping my hat to a category of pies […]

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 […]

Moroccan Lamb Pot Pie for National Pie Day

Today is January 23rd, National Pie Day, the day America celebrates everything we love about pie. It’s a great idea, one worthy of our indulgence. But I have often wondered what possessed the fine folks – who had the otherwise good sense to set aside a day for pie – to choose the month in […]

A Meat Pie for Playoff Season

Today – Saturday, December 12th – is the 115th meeting between the Army and Navy football teams, by nearly any measure the most spirited, enduring, and beloved rivalry in American sports. The Super Bowl can’t hold a candle to the Army-Navy Game. For the vast majority of these young men the Army-Navy game is not […]

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 […]

Savory Fresh Tomato and Basil Pie

I love fresh tomato pie. The fact that there’s about as much agreement on the correct way to make it, as there is on which of the sixteen (and counting) Republican presidential hopefuls is best qualified for the job, doesn’t bother me in the least. Nor should it bother you. I’ve been experimenting with tomato […]

Collard Tart au Gratin

  In case you’ve forgotten, this is as good a time as any to remind you that I’ve got a new book coming out in October chock full of recipes for dinner pies, which is kinda’ why we decided to call the book Dinner Pies.  (Note: the okay photos you see here are mine, and […]

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 […]

Savory Corn Pudding Pie

I’ll be turning sixty in a few weeks, something a fellow can only take so much credit for. And even if I do have little say in the matter, I feel blessed to glance in the rearview mirror and find that almost everything in my life looks better in retrospect. Time and memory have a […]