You know CurvyMama pretty well by now, so you know that she sees nearly everything in life through a pie lens. And so it is that I bring you a little slice of my younger daughter’s summer road trip. It’s true that Sara and her friend Ariel did not set out to find great pie between Washington D.C. and Michigan. They had other goals in mind (two big music festivals, camping, seeing friends). But they fell under my spell, and happened to end up in the middle of the biggest cherry festiv
It was an ambush. There I was, walking innocently through my neighborhood market, when these folksy little boxes of miniature plums winked at me. They were tiny and round; some were deep red and some were a mellow yellow. They had been brought in that morning from a local farm. I couldn’t say no. Clearly, there would have to be pie within a few hours. I hurried home with the new objects of my affection, washed them off, and tried one. Oh. My. God. Juicy. Intensely sweet. And packed in
You remember those awesome pie workshops that Seattle pie guru Kate McDermott gave in my kitchen a couple weeks ago? The Washington Post‘s food editor, Bonnie Benwick, who joined us, has posted her luscious and funny account of the experience. Photos by Bill O’Leary are fabulous, as well! Take a look at the story! So glad that Kate and her Art of the Pie got the chance to be shared with so many people! If you missed my blog posts on all the fun I had with Kate, click here, here, here
Pie can bring you back from hell like nothing else. I have this little baby to thank for retrieving me. For those of you who napped through the national news recently, we here in D.C. spent the better part of a week in a slow, dark steam. It was hot and humid anyway–typical D.C. summer weather–but then a crazy storm hit us and left a million of us without power. As a major heat wave crested, we panted without air conditioning, refrigeration, and a number of other things that make lif
I’m sad to say it’s over. Kate McDermott’s four pie-filled days with me in Washington, D.C., have come to a close and she’s downstairs packing her suitcase for a morning flight back to her little cottage in Washington state. This woman who I knew months ago only through tweets, Facebook “likes” and emails is now my full-fledged pie sister. We prowled markets for supplies together for her two pie-making workshops. We cooked meals together, danced to music in my
You might have read late last week about my wonderful private tutoring session in gluten-free piemaking. I’ve updated my blog post now with a link to Kate McDermott’s recipe and methodology. This is a truly wonderful pie dough. It’s not just “good for a gluten-free” pastry, like that’s a lesser standard. It’s good by any standard. Take a look at my post, which links to Kate’s recipe. Give it a try and let us know what you think!