The PiePhone Diaries: Scoping Out the Deals at Sam’s Club

The PiePhone Diaries is an occasional feature here, an iPhone photo journal accompanied by a few words of possible interest – or possibly not – to pie aficionados and other home cooks. Like most men, I would rather have teeth pulled than go shopping. Taking me shopping – my wife learned long ago – is […]

The PiePhone Diaries: A New, Behind-The-Scenes Photo Feature

I don’t know about you, but I like blogs and websites that take me behind the scenes and give me something of a personal glimpse into the life and thoughts of the main character. It can’t be a replacement for the meat on the bones: like most people, I expect good content first. But provided […]

The Case for Baking More Less-Than-Perfect Pies

As you may know from previous posts, I’m in the thick of creating all of the content for a comprehensive course I’m putting together on making pie pastry. In addition to lots of video and text, I’ll include some still shots as well. Today I took a few photos to illustrate how various glazes affect […]

How to Keep The Edge of Your Pie Crust from Burning

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from home pie bakers is that the upper edge of their pie crust gets too dark. And while this isn’t the end of the world – we’re talking just a small percentage of overall pie real estate, mind you – it’s a tad bothersome because we all […]

Why Every Pie Maker Needs an Oven Liner

Have you ever put too much pie filling in your pie, only to see it bubble out all over the oven floor like a fruit volcano? Of course you have. I know I do it all the time…yet I rarely get too upset about it because I have a secret weapon that every pie maker…and […]

Apples For Your Apple Pies

It’s never too early – or too late – in the year to talk about apples for your apple pies. For one, it’s a subject that makes many home bakers very nervous. Heaven forbid you should choose the “wrong” apples for your apple pie, right? (Relax: there are, essentially, no bad apples in the bunch…just […]