the pumpkin pie

Fall Harvest Pie

Nothing like a fall harvest pie to experience the the warmth of the fall season. Pumpkin is very versatile in making muffins, bread, jam, marmalade, crepes, soups and not just for jack-o-lanterns. The contents, the meat of the pumpkin freezes well for future uses. I prefer to use real pumpkin rather than canned just […]

raisin apple pie

Hot Raisin Pie

One of the favorite pies my dad loved was a Hot Raisin Pie, one that was just fresh out of the oven. Here’s a Apple & Raisin Pie Combo 4 cups sliced apples 1 cup water 1.5 teaspoons flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 1 cup raisins 2 Tablespoons butter I always find […]

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Fried Fruit Pies

Fried Cream or Fruit pies was one of the childhood favorites. Used to make them with the leftover pie dough my mom wasn’t going to use. This recipe is a little different, it’s a different kind of pastry that you’ll make. The Filling: 1 cup of milk – if you don’t like dairy use coconut […]

Pie labs and more

Pie labs and more are creating social change. Pie and Conversation = Social Change About PieLab PieLab is a breeding ground for positive change. Everyday you can brush elbows with community members over a slice of pie and cup of coffee and create something new. The Pecans! Project originated as a program that provided job […]

blueberry pies & tartlets

Friendship Pies

Friendship Pies are a wonderful say to stay connected to your friends, colleagues and your community. Friendshipies.foodstart from Mari-Lyn Harris As we are networking – it’s is the time of year when we start to plan our holiday dinners with friends and family for special occasions. Why do we wait for special occasions? Yes, we […]

Sensational Tartlets

It seems everyone in hopping on the bandwagon in serving these little sensational tartlets, or little pastries. And why not? This picture is a 5″ Strawberry Pie According to 1. a small pie filled with cooked fruit or other sweetened preparation, usually having no top crust. 2.a covered pie containing fruit or the like. […]

Nectarine Pie

Have you ever made a nectarine pie? Neither had I until the other night. I was attending a workshop and went to Trader Joe’s to pickup fruit and wine to make a pie for the class. They happen to have Peaches on special – I looked at them and thought they would make a great […]

Are you Reading the Food Labels?

Imported food we eat and the junk we buy….REAL EYE OPENER ‘Green Giant’ frozen vegetables are from China and so are most of ‘Europe’s Best’. ‘Arctic Gardens’ are OK. Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked from USA or ‘Canada’, Buy only local honey, much honey is shipped in huge containers from […]

Home Cottage Law – CA

Our bill, AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act, has secured a bipartisan list of co-authors, in addition to Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who authored the bill. Assembly members Jared Huffman, Bob Wieckowski, V. Manuel Pérez, Brian Nestande and Senator Mark DeSaulnier have all signed on as co-authors. You can read more about the bill here. […]

Empanada Pie Day

The Spanish word for bread is “pan”. ”Empanar” is a verb form that means “to bread”. Emapanada is the past-participle, “breaded”. It’s basically a single-serving turnover. It can be filled with sweet foods like fruits, sugars, and syrups, or savory foods like meats, cheeses, and oils. They originated in northwest Spain, in a region known […]

Pie Dreams

I was chatting with a good friend of mine, and he asked me if I am writing about the new direction I am going with the Pies. I answered him with a sorta yes. He laughed, and suggested that I write about it. You may not know me very well or maybe you do..for most […]

raisin apple pie

Trending: Food Trucks

Trending Food Trucks, a revolution is coming, streets soon will be full to them, even food parks. Local governments should encourage the trucks because they bring communities to life, said Chris Muller, dean of Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration and a former University of Central Florida restaurant professor. “The streets should be full of […]

Top 10 Home-Based Baking States

Written by Detra “Denay” Davis who is a former home-based bakery, and brain-child of the ever popular; a website that helps bakers and food crafters nationwide, who have expressed an interest in perfecting a “home-style” recipe and taking those food products from kitchen to market thereby promoting sustainable economic development in their community. A […]

Brownie Pie

On the road trip I was reading a paper about Gluten Free diets, from Sally Ann Shurmur who shares her recipes on gluten free. This particular recipe is from Carol Fenster Ph.D. Flour mixture you will need to make the brownies: 1.5 cups potato starch 1.5 sorghum 1 cup tapioca flour 1/2 cup corn or […]

Oh Boy More for Beer Pie

There are more and more micro-breweries sprouting up, you can even do Beer Tours it’s not just for wine anymore. On our road trip I picked up the “Celebrator” it’s a beer news magazine. August/September was their 22nd Anniversary. Who says, you can’t be profitable working your passion? Not only are more breweries happening, some […]

From Planet to Pies

Since I like to work with local producers, like the wineries, the fruit growers, micro breweries and nut producers, Chef Gwen our of Phoenix suggested that I consider getting into the Slow Food show that is coming up in October…The event is for Trade Vendors only which really means that the food growers and producers […]

Wine Pronunciation

Wine Pronunciation Guide Published Here’s a phonetic breakdown of popular wines, grapes, and wine terms so you can chat up the Sommelier [sum-muhl-YAY] next time you’re out for a nice dinner. And for me, sometimes I just don’t pronounce my wine correctly. Like Pinot comes out like noir…wrong! Armagnanc [ahr-mahn-YAK] Barbera [bar-BEH-rah] Beaujolais […]

Cooking with Beer

The art of cooking with beer is challenging, however the essential principles are with a culinary craft boils down to a balance of sweetness and dryness of hops. ( a factor of malt and the residue of sugars). Beer can contribute richness-even sweetness and body-to sauces. Beware of the hops. They will change in nature […]

Rhubarb Marmalade

From my last post I wrote about serving and making available a Rhubarb pie. For the tasting with Pillsbury wines they will be made available. You can pre-order them..for pick-up, however not until June 26, 2010, when they’ll be sampled. Here’s the recipe for the Rhubarb I said, it’s great on toast, on a […]

Wine Pies

Wine Tastings

About Wine Tastings, they are becoming popular and an inexpensive for an evening out. A tasting is simply a tasting, it’s a sensory evaluation of the range of perceived flavors, aromas and general characteristics of a wine. To learn what you like and appreciate your own personal tastes. There are many new wineries popping up, […]

Buying Local

This one of our best solutions to keep money in our local community. Back in September 2009 Tim Holt a contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, called for a “Buy Local.” You can read more about his call here. A non-profit organization called First Arizona, started to work with local communities through supporting, maintain, and […]

Wine & Pie Tasting

It’s happening starting May 6, 2010 a Wine & Pie Tasting at Oak Creek Vineyards Winery. We’ll be tasting the Hello Mello which is mixed berries, blackberries, some blueberries maybe some strawberries too! With Merlot wine. This pie is very smooth… The second pie will be Amour which is pears and apples..I”ll likely mix a […]

Tequila Pie

I was adventurous the other day and made Tequila Tarts..I must say that the flavor in the filling was very good, almost too tart. After baking them however, the flavor of Tequila was no longer there. I even tried them with salt and whipping cream. Thinking that the salt would revive the flavor. It did […]

928 Brides

Did you know there is a new Bride Magazine that has just launched, they are presenting the Prescott Wedding Walk as a Partner? It’s called 928Brides, you’ll find them by clicking here. The buzz about the most anticipated bridal experience of the year has hit the streets… the Prescott Wedding Walk! This special wedding event […]

Sweet Dough

8 oz cream cheese 8 oz butter 2 cups of flour pinch of salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees Combine all ingredients with a pastry blender until it looks like large peas. Press pie crust in a 9” pie pan, it will make enough for 3 crusts or freeze what you don’t use. Put the […]

The Dough

I quite often say this little quote “Time to rock ’n roll.” What it really means to me is to let’s get going..or it’s show time! Most of us have our own way to motivate ourselves..While I was chatting with a friend of mine, hey this would be a great series to chat about..or write […]