Best Wines to Buy that Go Perfectly with Pie!

What exactly are the Best Wines to Buy, that go perfectly with Holiday Pie?!. Believe it or not, there’s a lot to be thankful for, and this year’s holiday celebration is no exception! But specifically? How about the GRAND OPENING of THE PIE ADDICT – Home Pie Bakery & Catering? It’s been a long time in coming and finally after much procrastination and peer pressure from friends and family, we’re finally here! And since the Holidays tend to be great excuses to have a sparkling glass of wine to go along with those wonderfully delicious meals, why not have a slice of pie as well?
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Starting a Bakery, Delivery and Catering Business

Starting a Bakery, Delivery and Catering Business is No Joke! It’s been some time since I made my last post to the Pie Addict blog, now aptly named – THE PIE LAB, and for good reason! I have FINALLY, after so many years of pondering a move like this, made the precarious leap into starting my own business. And, for such a monumental undertaking, I chose to open up my pie bakery delivery and catering service during arguably, THE BUSIEST PIE SEASON of the year – the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Trial by fire doesn’t even begin to describe the challenges ahead. Read More

A Peanut Butter Pie Recipe or Two Just For You! (Actually How about 17!)

A Peanut Butter Pie Recipe or Two Just For You! Who DOESN’T like peanut butter?! I myself grew up on PBJ sandwiches and to this day, they remain my favorite go-to snack/lunch item, even as an adult. The really cool thing about peanut butter though, is that there are so many other ways for you to enjoy that creamy nutty flavor. And although I’d love to dive into the multitude of ways you can use peanut butter in recipes, today I’m going to share the many different and creative ways you can use peanut butter in pie!
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Lessons Learned When Making Cherry Hand Pies

I don’t know about you and in ‘your neck of the woods’ but up here in the Pacific Northwest, cherries have been coming in like gangbusters! I can’t count the number of friends that have approached me with offers to take pounds of cherries off their hands. I hated having to turn many of them away, simply because I didn’t want to waste any, given my time constraints. In the end however, I did manage to take several pounds of cherries from a friend, all so I could try my hand at baking homemade cherry hand pies! Read More

How to Store Cherries

How to Store Cherries. Had a friend ask me the other day if I wanted some cherries from their cherry tree to make a pie? I wasn’t planning on making a pie anytime soon (I had just finished a blackberry not two days before with the family), but I also found it difficult to refuse such a generous offer?! ABSOLUTELY! Problem was, since I wasn’t immediately planning on making a pie, I should probably look at storing them for a little while so they don’t go bad? Question was, how? Read More

How to Roll Pie Crust the Right Way [VIDEO]

How to Roll Pie Crust. It was a quiet start to what was usually a busy and hectic Saturday morning. My daughter’s leg was in cast (long story – remind me to tell you about it sometime – basically a soccer game injury!) and so we had no early morning soccer games to attend. The wife was up and out and about, helping feed a friend’s cat on the other side of town, and my second oldest child, had an early morning shift down at Target. Besides my ‘WOOKIE’ (dog) sprawled out and snoring in the closet, the house was eerily quiet. Just the way I liked it! Read More

My Pie Baking Extraordinaire Mom Amazes at Office Farewell Party

My Pie Baking Extraordinaire Mom Amazes at Office Farewell Party. If you don’t already know, my pie baking mentor and wonderfully-talented mother, will be relocating (permanently) to my neck of the woods, up from the great state of Texas. Today, in fact, was her last day on the job. But the staff there had one final request of her. To see if she could bring into the office, some of her delicious homemade pie recipes for a ‘send-off’ none would soon forget. How could she refuse?! Read More

A Busy Week of Making Pies

Last week was one of the busiest weeks I’ve ever had as an aspiring pie baker and making pies, but boy was it fun! From baking multiple pie recipes, which for me, was a first, for a graduation party – to putting on a pie baking competition for my daughter’s soccer team at their team dinner, I knew way before hand that the week would silly crazy!

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Best Pie Recipes for the Week of May 6th

Best Pie Recipes for the Week of May 6th! Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone is starting off the day and has at least SOME idea of what they’re going to do over the weekend? Not sure how it is in your part of the country (or world), but here in the southern part of Idaho, its a bit cool, a little windy, but all good. We needed a few days break after the heat we’ve been getting for the past week. And, if you don’t have concrete plans for the weekend, or are just ‘playing it by ear’ so-to-speak, I’ve got a great round-up of the Best Pie Recipes I’ve managed to come across this past week. Take a peek, see what peeks your interest, and please return and comment how it turned out!

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Measurement and Conversion Chart for Rhubarb Stalks

At the time of writing up this guide, my experience at making pie recipes using Rhubarb stalks was limited to one single solitary Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. It turns out, not surprisingly, that rhubarb pie recipes are quite common and frequently requested. The challenge with this, that I quickly discovered, is understanding how many rhubarb stalks I needed for a cup of chopped rhubarb. So I put together this handy guide on HOW TO MEASURE RHUBARB to help me (and YOU) out, when baking up that next rhubarb pie recipe!

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Boise’s New Lunch Spot The Funky Taco

The Funky Taco. I don’t know if this will become a weekly or b-weekly feature here on the Pie Addict, but carving out a day to visit and eat at some of Boise’s awesome lunch hangouts is pretty fun?! This week, my foodie associate, Nathan and I, as well as several others took a walk down the block to Boise’s ‘food row’ on 8th street downtown and visited The Funky Taco!

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Vietnamese Pho (Pronounced “fuh”) at Pho Nouveau

Vietnamese Pho. I may not have tried a great many dishes in my lifetime, but I am certainly open to trying new dishes should the opportunity present itself. So today, a couple co-workers and myself, ventured a couple blocks over to the Vietnamese Bistro, Pho Nouveau. Although both co-workers had been there before, this was my first time, not only eating at the establishment but eating Vietnamese food. Thankfully, I had my co-worker, Lisa, who is Vietnamese, help ‘school’ and guide me through this most delicious meal!

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Pies to Make This Week! Pie Recipe Round-up.

Pies to Make This Week. The weather in my neck of the woods is finally hitting its stride with forecasts stating we’ll be in the low 80s today. I think its safe to say it, but WINTER IS OVER!! LOL! So, with that, here is another round-up of great PIE RECIPES from talented Bakers around the Web that should inspire you to come up with ideas for Pies to Make. As always, take time to try one of these out, then come on back and let me know the results in the comments below! Enjoy!

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A Visit to Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole! In Phoenix, Arizona

Had the opportunity to visit Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole while down in Phoenix, Arizona for my daughter’s soccer tournament. I make every attempt when I’m traveling for work or pleasure (or my daughter’s sports for that matter, since this seems to be happening a lot more in recent years…), to discover what PIE SHOP is most popular or highly rated in a given area and visit with them. Well, despite there being various other pie shops in the area, after some inquiries with locals, it seemed to me that Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole was THE place to go for great pie. ‘Nuff said!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

Can I make a ‘related yet un-related comment’ before I begin? I absolutely Love Google Maps. I’m old enough to remember the days of pulling out a paper map and spreading it the width of the front of the car, only to stare it at it, perplexed, as you tried to make sense of the spaghetti-like highways and roads. I don’t know how we ever found anything! Google Maps is a Godsend! Anyways, I digress!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

Once we found Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole, in an unassuming strip mall in Phoenix suburbia, I wasted no time barreling out of the cool confines of our compact, out into the already HOT, mid-morning Arizona sun, and into the small, but lively decorated Mamma Toledo’s!

First that I noticed was their immaculate and colorful board of menu items, with not only a long list of fruit and cream pies but lunch and breakfast as well. See the menu for yourself here!

Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole!
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole!

Next, was the display case, a huge love of mine when I walk into a pie shop!

They had a great assortment of fruit and cream pies ready to go, either whole or by the slice.

The wife and I quickly made our decision for a slice of the ‘BROWN SUGAR PEACH PIE’ and hastily took our seats and dove in. They also had ice cream on-hand for a little ‘a la mode’ but we opted for just the pie on first visit.

It was wonderful.

Side note – I had ordered two slices of the Brown Sugar Peach, but they only served and charged us for one. I went back to the counter to explain that we needed two slices and proceeded to pay for the second slice, to which Tonya Saidi, who runs and manages Mamma Toledo’s, told me to not worry about paying for the second slice. Great pies AND friendly customer service!

But we weren’t quite done.

I purchased a Mamma Toledo’s shirt, which I ALWAYS do when visiting a pie shop and grabbed a 9″ lattice, Mixed Berry pie to take back to the hotel to a tired and beat, yet ravenous group of 13yr old soccer playing girls. They had done well, so I figured I’d add a bit of pie to their dessert! THEY LOVED IT!!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

I had heard so much about Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole upon arriving into Phoenix, that I knew we had to make the trip, and I’m glad we did.

Great service, and wonderful looking shop and delicious pies, Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole met and exceeded my expectations! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

A Quick & Easy Pie For The Office? Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie is perhaps one of the quickest and easiest pies to make, when you’re pressed for time, want something slightly different than a double crust apple pie, and uses ingredients that most have on-hand.

I knew this workplace ‘get-together/Birthday celebration’ was going down at least a week ago, and still I procrastinated. How many of you can relate? You know there’s a date, where you’ve committed to baking and bring something in, and well, life happens, and next thing you know that date has crept up on you and now you’re in panic mode?! Yes, the struggle is indeed very REAL!

I had toyed with various ideas of what I wanted to make, but once it became the ‘night before’ the event, all that crap went out the window, and now we just had to put something, ANYTHING together.

The initial plan was to make a crumble, since I really wanted to practice my ‘CRUMBLE GAME’ a little more. Couldn’t settle on one to tackle, but since I had some Granny Smith Apples on-hand, whatever I ended up deciding upon would definitely have apples in it!

Found a quick and easy recipe for Dutch Apple Pie by Joy over at Genius Kitchen, that was almost too perfect for me and my current dilemma. It used apples (which I had on-hand) and pretty much every ingredient it asked for I also had plenty of it already in the pantry. No-brainer, especially since I was pressed for time… OH CRAP?! It’s already 9pm…UGH! Gotta get to baking!

One Hour, 30 Minutes Later…

dutch apple pie
Dutch Apple Pie

The recipe listed on Genius Kitchen states that it should only take you an hour to make, however, since I rarely buy pre-made pie shells anymore, I opted to quickly make my own crust – the recipe to which could be found here!

Dutch Apple Pie

I prepared my pie crust, in literally no-time and got them in the fridge and chilling while I prepped everything else.

The apples I had peeled, cored and sliced in a few minutes using my handy-dandy Starfrit Pro-Apple Peeler and Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer Slicer!

I tossed these with both brown and white sugars, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.

The crumble topping took just about the same amount of time, working the mixture of flour, sugars, and butter until coarsely crumbled with my pastry blender. Side note – I LOVE working ingredients in by hand. Just makes me feel more ‘involved’ and engaged with whatever I’m making. Yes, I know, I’m strange…but I’m OWNING IT!

With my pie pastry adequately chilled, I rolled out the bottom crust into the pie pan, scooped up my seasoned and sugared apples into the shell, topped with my crumble and baked for 50-55min.

DING! House smelling good, pie ever so slightly bubbling up through the crumbled topping, I knew it was ready for its cool down!

dutch apple pie
Dutch Apple Pie

As of this writing, we had not yet had the opportunity to dive in and taste as the work celebration wasn’t scheduled until later the next day. So fingers crossed, everything turned out well. If the smell is any indication, the office is definitely in for a sweet and delicious treat!