Pie and Whiskey

There are some combinations so perfect that when your attention is drawn to them, you wonder how you’ve missed them for years. That was my feeling upon discovering Pie & Whiskey, which is simultaneously: a fantastic compilation of short work from Washington authors, edited by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon; a raucous, celebratory literary event Spokane-based Lebo and Ligon have been hosting for five years; and a delightful culinary combination. Lebo and Ligon sometimes take their pie-and-whiskey literary show on the road, and if it comes near you definitely check it out; the last chapter in their book also has instructions for hosting your own shindig. If you’re more interested in the small scale application, making pie and drinking whiskey at home with friends and family, here are some books to get you started.

Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter by Kate Lebo – With instructions on creating the perfect flaky crust; recipes for 50 delightful, mostly fruit pies; and a friendly, chatty tone, this is a great place to start your pie baking escapades. Plus you’ll get a little pie cultural history. Organized by main ingredient. Continue reading “Pie and Whiskey”

A Fall Of Pie

One of my favorite things about the arrival of fall is getting back into the kitchen to bake. Cookies, cakes, breads, and most importantly PIE!

I found three lovely pie books from the library and decided to focus on one recipe from each book located in their fall sections. Now the one thing I did not follow was the pie crust recipe. I know how to make pie crust since it was passed down to me from my mom and that’s one tradition I can’t replace. Although our pie crust is nothing fancy, it’s what I’ve grown up with. I’ll even tell you the secret…its Betty Crocker’s Basic Pie Dough.

Happy Baking!

A Year of PiesA Year of Pies: a Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies by Ashley English

Rosemary Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie: The flavors in this pie worked amazingly well together, the sweet, the savory, the crunch, but it was a lot of work. I’d recommend taking a day to play with this one and you could always cheat a bit like I do with boxed pie dough. Continue reading “A Fall Of Pie”

Baking Day Adventure!

Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned Favorites and Modern Classics came in recently and I was shocked to find it had no holds so I snapped it up and promised my co-workers that goodies would soon be on the way.

I had a whole day off set aside to bake! I read through the cookbook and decided on three recipes: Chewy Chess Tart, Apple Butter Hand Pies, and Quiche. After making a list of the groceries I needed to buy I realized I didn’t have a tart pan! And neither did QFC, Safeway, and True Value…dang! Luckily, I was able to find a spring form pan, which would have to suffice. I started off making the dough for the quiche and ran into another problem…I didn’t own a rolling pin either?! After running around my house trying to find a substitute I settled on my crystal vase…sad, but true. It worked out just fine, but so far it wasn’t the easy recipes stopping me, but my lack of Continue reading “Baking Day Adventure!”

Let them read cake

Having just celebrated my birthday, I’ve been thinking about cake for some time and have noticed a trend: we need cake now more than ever.  In an unofficial cake cookbook census taken by *me,* statistics indicate a rise in the Library’s purchase of how-to-bake-cake books. The library owns ten cake cookbooks published from 1991 to 1999, and 36 cake cookbooks published between 2000 and 2010 – an increase of more than 300 percent in one short decade. Even I own a copy of The Cake Mix Doctor Returns by Ann Bryn! Continue reading “Let them read cake”