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 […]

Registration Now Open for the 5th Annual Lowcountry Pie Getaway 2018

Registration for this year’s Lowcountry Pie Getaway in gorgeous Charleston, South Carolina is officially open and we sincerely hope you will join us. We’ll mark this special anniversary with several surprises, including an exciting new afternoon class on Sunday dedicated to those classic pies so many of us adore – Great American Cream Pies. And […]

Swiss Chard Galette

My wife Bev and I just returned from a trip to Charlottesville, Virginia where I was a speaker at the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book. As Bev will attest, it’s often difficult (maddening is the term she’d probably use) to get me out the door and away from my desk and kitchen. For better […]

Spaghetti Squash and Parmesan Cheese Quiche

It’s March, not exactly peak season for pie makers, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m stretching when our featured recipe is a quiche made with spaghetti squash. Forgiven, but mistaken. But this is no stretch. It’s about shining a light on one of my favorite veggies of all time, one that’s both under-appreciated […]

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Cream Pie

You may remember a few weeks ago I sent out a survey asking what sort of courses you’d like to see offered at The Pie Academy going forward. Somewhat surprisingly (at the time) cream pies got a whole lot of love.   In hindsight, I don’t know why that came as a surprise. After all, […]

Pie Zero to Pie Hero

Sound the trumpets, light the fireworks, and dust off your rolling pins…the ebook you’ve been waiting for is ready. So I began this project about six months ago with one purpose in mind – to create a concise, accessible volume that puts home bakers at ease about making pie crust and more pies, sweet and […]

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 […]

Sweet Carrot Pie

To understand just how surprisingly good this carrot pie is, you must first understand that I find carrots – especially on their own – pretty uninspiring. Boring, if we ditch the civility. I cook with them, I eat them without complaint or holding my nose like I did as a boy. But they simply don’t […]

The Best Pie Pans

I’d like to talk about pie pans this week, but I totally understand if you’re thinking we should have had this conversation about a month ago, when you were carrying around wads of holiday cash, and everyone you know was asking what you wanted for Christmas. Now you’re stuck with that deluxe 10-pack of herbal-scented […]

A Thanksgiving Message from The Pie Academy (video)

We’re down to the wire now, pie-wise, so you’ve probably got your Thanksgiving pie strategy all sketched out. And if you don’t? Better kick it into gear, my friend. I’ve provided some links below that will help you get on track quickly, quickly being the operative word here. Not so quickly, however, that you should […]