October 16, 2017

Chess Pie is a southern comfort minus the booze classic. The sweet chess pie custard lends itself to being flavored with citrus or chocolate or tanged with buttermilk. Think of it as a cross between traditional southern Chess Pie and Amish Oatmeal Pie with a chocolate...

October 9, 2017

Unfortunately it took only one eager bite from the cooled pie to decide that thyme is a friend to pork and other savories but is not so delicious in a dessert. At least it was not so delicious in my apple pie.

September 25, 2017

My favorite story includes a plantation cook who was asked what she was baking that smelled so great – “Jes pie was her answer.” I will go with this story. It sounds down to earth and plausible just like the people who enjoy Chess Pie.

September 1, 2017

The Kern family has gone to court 25 times to defend their trademark name, earning Kern’s Kitchen induction into the “Takedown Hall of Shame” as the most litigious confection in America in 2013. My copycat recipe therefore is named Derbylicious Pie. It is not trademark...

August 4, 2017

The strawberry pie most often baked for Friends of the Kitchen came from a Farm Journals Cookbook published in 1959. It never fails to delight and cannot be improved upon.

July 31, 2017

This specific pastry recipe came from America's Test Kitchen but the use of a tasteless and odorless alcohol to make a flaky crust is nothing new in the rural south. More than a few grandmas dipped into their stash of moonshine to make a great pie. They knew that t...

July 10, 2017

Life is a bowl full of beautiful, tart red cherries perfect for pie! These beauties require a little work to bring them from orchard to pie but fresh pie is worth every minute of cherry prep time.

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