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 […]

For the Love of Chicken Pot Pie

For the better part of last year – the part where I wasn’t testing pie recipes, making videos for The Pie Academy, or going over to the beach as much as I wanted to – I was creating and testing recipes for my upcoming book, Comfort Food, to be published this fall by my good […]

The Kuhn Rikon PushPan: Pie Maker’s Friend

Last year, the good people at Kuhn Rikon sent me a couple of pans – PushPans, they’re called – that they thought you, my pie and tart making comrade, might find quite appealing. Nice of them to think of us, wasn’t it? I told them no promises, but I’d be happy to take ‘em for […]

Bacon, Swiss Chard and Havarti Quiche

  I never tire of quiche – eating it, trying new recipes and techniques, and serving it to appreciative house guests at the holidays, when all smart cooks are looking for dishes that don’t require us to putter, hover, or stick to a hard and fast meal timetable. Quiche is just the ticket. Of course, […]

Video: How to Make a Fresh Tomato Tart

What to do with all those gorgeous summer tomatoes sitting on your kitchen counter. I’ve put together this special video lesson for you, describing step-by-step how to make this show-stopping summer tart that will blow your socks off. Have a look. You’ll find the food processor crostata dough recipe here. I thought a couple of […]

Food Processor Crostata Dough

If you’ve never made a butter pastry in your food processor, now’s the time to start. This comes out perfectly flaky every time and it’s excellent for just about any fruit crostata (free form pie) you can dream up. The trick here is to run the processor just until the mixture starts to ball up […]

Fresh Tomato Pie with Pesto Cream Sauce

Without question, the thing I’m asked most frequently – by the media, at cooking demonstrations, and from people I meet in passing – is where do you get all your recipe ideas?  This is a perfectly logical question to ask someone who has written 13 cookbooks and hundreds of magazine articles. And yet, whenever I […]

Mini Quiche for New Year’s Day Brunch

In case you’re thinking about inviting me to your New Year’s eve party, you might want to reconsider: I’m not really a night person, or a party person. One of the worst nights of my life was the year my wife made me put on a tux and celebrate New Year’s eve with 400 people […]

Swiss Chard & Smoked Turkey Sausage Quiche

We are in the thick of entertaining season, a time of year fraught with the inevitable questions about what to serve guests and family when they arrive for a few hours…or a few days. Even those of us who love to cook and bake still want to prepare dishes that work hard for us, leaving […]