Few foods are as versatile as pie can be. Food in pie form has--and always will be--popular with adults and children alike. Those who tend to lean toward the sweet side of the menu are well represented, as are fans of savory foods; plenty of choices exist for all. However, though endless options are great for eaters, those who actually prepare all these pies have many recipes to learn. Sometimes a whole full-size pie can be just too much. Whether trying new recipes or just looking to make smaller servings, pie fans (i.e. everybody) no longer have to commit … Read more
Peter Frampton was the lead singer and guitarist for the Herd when he was just a lad of 16, and a couple of years later he co-founded Humble Pie. That band's "Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore" is one of the best live hard-rock albums ever. But most of you probably know him best for his solo work, and one of the top-selling concert albums of all time, "Frampton Comes Alive." A true classic.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Peter in New York City. He was in town to talk about his new album, &… Read more
Whenever I bake a pie, my husband threatens to pull out a protractor to make sure we get even slices. The Progressive International Collapsible Pie Cutter makes it possible to achieve perfect slices without having to go to all that trouble. You can add or remove dividers to the pie cutter so that when you place it on top of the pie and push down, you can get two, four, six, or eight even slices. With a little planning, you can even reconfigure the slicer so that you get uneven slices if, for instance, one guest wants just a smidgen … Read more
Whoopie pies are a special treat: moist cake with delicious cream filling. Making the cake portion of a whoopie pie can take some careful planning if you want to wind up with the traditionally thin pieces. The Whoopie Pie Pan takes the planning out of making whoopie pies. You can follow a traditional recipe or use this pan to make up unusual whoopie pies with red velvet cake, pumpkin cake, or any other favorite flavors. Just pour the batter into the 12 shallow wells on the pan--it holds 18 ounces--and bake. The results will be enough layers for six whoopie … Read more
Thanksgiving is rolling around, which means that there will be a whole bunch of pies on my kitchen counters shortly. There may even be some friendly competition as to whose pie looks the best. One of my friends can turn out a perfect lattice top for a pie crust, but this year, I may be able to top that. The Apples and Leaves Pie Top Cutter lets you cut out one of two patterns on your top crusts as you roll them out. One side offers a pattern of apples, while the other is a set of leaves. These designs … Read more
Ah, fall. Time for crispness in the air, leaves on the ground, and pies in the oven. With the biggest food holiday of the year right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about all those fall flavors. When it comes to Thanksgiving, (or any other meal, really) dinner isn't really complete until a pumpkin pie or apple pie makes an appearance.
This set of four Fall Forest Pie Cutters allow for pie-makers to add perfectly appropriate autumnal shapes to their creations. The small (about 1.75 inches wide and 1.75 inches tall) cutters feature three … Read more
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it's time to talk turkey, or in this case, pie. While you aren't going to want to skip straight to dessert on the biggest food holiday of the year, it doesn't hurt to do a little planning. After the turkey and mashed potatoes have settled, there are still the apple and pumpkin pies to enjoy. When it's time to choose between apple and pumpkin pie, there can really only be one response: yes.
The Apple and Pumpkin Pocket Pie Molds from Williams-Sonoma are nifty little all-in-one portable pocket pie … Read more
As rewarding as it is to make a pie crust from scratch, it's not an easy task. The first challenge is achieving the flaky texture pie crust is best known for, and in shooting for this flaky goal, many cooks sacrifice uniformity in thickness. Sure, the texture will end up nice, but having the texture in addition to a nice even thickness adds both to the visual presentation of the pie and the consistency in the texture across every piece.
If you haven't mastered this art freehand, don't fret: this Adjustable Rolling Pin available at the MoMA … Read more
I'm not usually one to champion gadgets that only serve one purpose, but I suppose I can at least appreciate when a single-purpose kitchen tool makes an attempt at improving its efficiency.
And improving efficiency is exactly what this Cherry-it Pitter accomplishes. Instead of the single cherry pitted by the gadget's predecessors, it pits up to four at once, storing the waste in a compartment that can be emptied easily after cleanup.
Maybe you won't be using it very often, but imagine yourself as you prepare to make your next cherry pie. A gadget like this makes … Read more
A pocket pie can be a delicious dessert or a wonderful meal, depending on the filling. As long as you have a good pie mold, like the Heart and Star Pocket Pie Molds, you can choose the perfect sweet and savory fillings. Making the pie is just a matter of placing dough in the mold, then adding some filling and another layer of dough. Then just close the mold to crimp the dough edges closed and bake your pie. There are a few shortcuts--store-bought dough or deep-fried pies are popular choices--and they're all equally tasty. The Heart and Star … Read more