Triple Berry Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie oh my! Another Thanksgiving is in the books and as anticipated, it was busier, more hectic and welcomed than the one before, which is a good thing! I’ve read and studied a lot about starting a small business and a food business at that, and it’s every bit as challenging and unforgiving as veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs make it out to be. With that being said, want to take a stab at what our most popular and top selling pie was over the Thanksgiving Holiday?
And Winner, and STILL Champion…
I wait pretty much ALL YEAR for cranberries to start showing up at corner Farmer markets and grocery stores, so when they finally show up, you better believe I’m rearing to go with another amazing Cranberry Apple Pie recipe! Or, more specifically, Cranberry Apple Hand Pies!
What is the Best Pie Cookbook? Definitely a question that can generate some heated and passionate discussion, no doubt. There are so many pie cookbooks out on the market and more showing up every month, that it would be difficult to gather them all up in one place. Plus, like everything else, everyone will have their favorites depending on personal preferences, experiences, needs and likes. So what we’ve done is give you a grouping of thePie Cookbooks that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years. Hopefully some of these could also steer you into more successful and delicious pie-making endeavors!
Amazing Desserts! I have great news! Did you know, that you could actually eat pie throughout the year? And I’m not just talking about during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but from January through December, you can order and eat crazy delicious pies for a variety of occasions and events. To help you out, here are 21 Occasions That Absolutely POSITIVELY Call For PIE!
Key Lime Pie Recipe. My task was simple. Come up with a great pie recipe to bring into the office for a co-worker’s birthday celebration. Problem was, the pie recipe I had decided on would’ve been overwhelming for the staff and productivity would’ve dropped off a cliff. I only realized this, after I taken a slice for myself this morning to test and boy-o-boy, did I dodge a potential disaster with this one!
Red Bench Pizza. Great thing about foodies, is that there’s one for every food under the sun. Whilst I do pies, I have many fellow foodies who delight in other fine food and drink, from beer and wine connoisseurs to BBQ, pizza and beyond. This week, I took a moment to hit up a buddy of mine who fancies pizza, and has taken on the ‘difficult task’ at trying out a number of local Treasure Valley pizza establishments. I had him give me his personal top 3, and tried out one of them today. Red Bench Pizza!
I should be thanking my daughter for having to travel all over the west playing soccer with her soccer club, because it gives me the opportunity to travel to and visit a variety of states and cities. Which means, ladies and gentlemen…DING DING DING…I get to visit more pie bakeries! This weekend? We’re in Phoenix Arizona! Last year when I was here, I visited Mamma Toldeo. This trip? We found our way to the Pie Snob.
Over the past week, I’ve been working at perfecting hand pies, and specifically, raspberry hand pies. Raspberries are especially suited for small pies like this because they seem to add just enough tart, to balance the slight sweetness of the filling and the buttery flakiness of the crust. Where a slice of raspberry pie might be pushing it, because of the tart, raspberry hand pies are perfect snack-sized alternatives. And, since are many ways of making raspberry hand pies, I decided to tackle two methods, outlined below.
It’s been sometime since I last had a bit of free time to share with everyone what’s been going on behind the scenes with the Pie Addict! Our first ‘Trial by Fire’ during the 2018 Thanksgiving and Christmas Pie Season was a resounding success and we learned a lot about running a pie bakery with which to continue improving and building upon. So what’s in-store for 2019 at the Pie Addict?
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?
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.
This past weekend, we kicked off our first Boise Pie Tasting Event, where we showcased samples of our Fall & Holiday Pies. The turnout was fantastic, the comments left behind were fantastically helpful and orders are already starting to filter in. Credit the idea to having this wonderful event to my business partner and loving Mother!
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!
A Quick and Easy Blueberry Crumble Pie. A flaky crust, packed with juicy, sweet and dark blueberries all tucked under a lightly browned, sugary crumb topping.
How To Make Flaky Pie Crust. It wasn’t until I really started to get serious making pies and homemade pie crust, that I realized that there are so many ways and methods to make flaky pie crust?!
Bourbon Peach Hand Pies | Deliciously small and just the right portion of flaky, bourbon-frosted delight, filled with juicy sweet peaches, doused and flavored with Jim Beam’s finest Bourbon!
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!
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?
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!
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?!