procrastination should probably be my middle name
Wednesdays and Thursdays have become my new weekend, now that I’m officially employed, and while it’s occasionally a difficult schedule to get used to (particularly when a west wing marathon with aaron sounds way more fun than sleeping) I rather like having two random days to get things done. It’s an especially helpful schedule while I’m attempting to finish the last few...
after all that
after all that… I still managed to lose track of time. Let’s just say, as the weeks whiz past in a tumbled, tag-along fashion that I’ll post when I can. First things first, the manuscript has been accepted! WHOOOOOO. It’s funny because I didn’t realize just how scared I was that it might not be until I heard that it had. SO YES! I have a little extra writing to do...
spring is near
I’VE BEEN SUCH AN ABSENT BLOGGER. I’m going to set myself up on a tidy little schedule again so the weeks will no longer get away from me like they have the past few. I’ve been getting used to my EARLY baker hours, and I have to say, the more often I wake up at 5am the less it feels like death. These are all steps in the right direction I say! Work is lovely, I’m still...
Refinery 29 DC!! →
Friends in pie, with the completion of the first draft of the manuscript I find myself letiting the blog lag a bit. To be fair, I’m only making one pie a week these days and trying to settle into my new job, which is full of those ungodly baker hours, so I like to think that I’m just in a readjustment period. I don’t really mind the change of pace (and the distinct lack of...
a book about pie
I WROTE A WHOLE BOOK. I can’t quite believe it, but I actually wrote a whole book. I turned in the first official draft of the manuscript last friday (the day after Pi(e) Day… how appropriate) and was instantly filled with giddy relief and vast amounts of pride. I may have even given myself a little pat on the back, and I definitely did several a happy dance(s). I’ve spent...
Happy Pi(e) Day from teenypies! The first draft of the manuscript is DONE. I’m going to a Pi(e) Party tonight. LIFE IS GOOD.
Pi(e) Day Parties
the end, which is actually a beginning is almost here! I have three days to finish the book, and I have to say that it’s so close to being wonderful I can almost taste it. I’m also pretty enthralled with the fact that the manuscript for my pie cookbook is due the day after Pi(e) Day! Not only do I get to write a book about pie, but I get to participate in this fantastic pie party the...
I'm doing super.
The end of this month marks my sixth month in DC and as I’m slowly getting my wits about me, making friends and trying to figure out what the heck my life is going to look like when this manuscript is done, I’ve come to really appreciate how comforting making pie is. For the last year and a half my life has been wholly consumed with pie and pie baking and pie writing and pie eating and...
Sometimes even the most patient of pie testers (read: aaron) put their foot down and refuse to eat mediocre pie. Which is fair. It makes me a little grumbly, only because I want the pies to be the best too, but at the same time, when you’ve been eating every single pie that I’ve made for the better part of two years, I suppose you’re allowed to raise your standards. It’s...
I apologize for being a day late with this post, but whenever I have a pie party I’m basically covered in flour for five or six straight hours and have no time to type about how well everything is going. This week’s pie party was a resounding success. How could it not be when the pies were beautiful (minus one vaguely soupy blueberry pie which still TASTED delicious) and each one of...
Wow. Ok, no big deal, but it’s February and that may or may not mean that I have mere weeks to finish this wild crazy part of my vagabond pie adventure called: THE BOOK. weeks?! weeks! But the lucky thing is, there are a lot of hours involved when dealing with weeks, and when you’ve been writing for a lot of previous weeks and you’re fairly close to finishing then weeks...
national pie day + pie party
Ok, so maybe I forgot that wednesday was National Pie Day, I was slightly preoccupied… and maybe I was already planning on having a pie tasting party this evening, but how great that those two wonderful things have coincided with each other! I hope everyone had a fantastic Pie Day filled with (what else?) ooodles of pie. I’m very excited because tonight I’m hosting my very...
I was midway through this week when I realized I hadn’t posted a single thing last Sunday. Whoops! so sorry. I’ve made it safely back to DC and since I had the week off the cushy writingbaking lifestyle that I’d grown so fond of in Colorado didn’t have to end quite so abruptly as I’d envisioned it having to… which I don’t mind at all, BECAUSE I HAVE A...
every day is pie day
Yesterday was Sunday, and I completely forgot that I owe you all a post! To say that I’ve been a little busy and lost track of all sense of what day it is is probably a little bit of an understatement. I’ve been baking and writing my little tush off, with only a few minor pie disasters to slow me down. The days of the week seem to be blending together, because what’s a Saturday...
it's a regular pie factory up in here.
Happy New Year, friends in pie! Since arriving home to bake and write the next three weeks away, I’ve managed to write a little bit every day, send the beginnings of what actually looks like a book to my publisher, and make my way through the majority of cream and curd pies on the list of ‘pies to test.’ I was typing up a little blurb about the chai cream pie and...
I hope everyone had the happiest of holidays! I’m back in Colorado for the holidays and was lucky enough to be able to bring Aaron and a few pie recipes with me. We spent the first day of our vacation up in the mountains, marveling at their sheer awesomeness and constantly trying to catch our breath (hello high altitude.) I love the vastness of Colorado. Lately, living on the east coast,...
zesting until I feel better.
I was thinking today, that if the world is indeed going to end in a few days at least I got some zesting in before we’re all gone. That’s right. More zesting. There is something settling and fresh and beautiful about a dainty pile of zest and I needed a little fresh beauty. It has been a very strange and unsettling week and making a rich key lime curd seemed to be necessary. ...
Some of you have been curious as to whether Aaron’s crust chart has been successful in helping me overcome my crust crisis… and guess what? It has! I’ve got two smily faces on the chart and am going for the gold with this next attempt. So, what have I learned? 1. Counter water is USELESS. Fairly early on, the crust chart eliminated that silly variable… thanks for NOTHING,...
perfection is in the eye of the beholder.
Oh, friends in pie, I hope you had a terrific thanksgiving! Thanksgiving day, after an insane few days at the shop, Mo and I flew to Ohio to celebrate the holiday with his family. Cincinnati was a wonderful trip that included horseback riding, soup tutorials, sleeping in, great food, and a pie class to top it all off. It’s always a treat to cover strangers with flour and send them home with...
In the midst of cases upon cases of apples and pounds upon pounds of pumpkin mix it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important during the holidays. In the past few days I’ve peeled and chopped a million apples, whisked until it felt like my wrist might fall off and if I have to melt another pound of butter before my vacation is up it will be entirely too soon. But the truth is...
….storing up all my thoughts for a good thanksgiving post. post pie-baking. I promise, I’ve got so much to be thankful for.
crust worth crimping
My first draft of this post was deleted because I was a goober and didn’t save it before leaving the room to go make a pie, which is why this is coming to you so late in the day. It seemed a little bit silly to be in the kitchen all day during this unseasonably warm weathered Sunday, so I threw together a few pies early this morning and then Aaron and I biked away the afternoon. Holy cow! We...
another pair of jeans
The realization has just hit me that I’m not traveling any more. I know it seems silly, I’ve been in DC for two months now and was just so happy to do so, but as I took in the sad state some of my baking clothes were in, I realized I can go get new things. A few more shirts that aren’t impossibly stained with butter. I don’t have to choose between two favorite winter...
pies are good in a hurricane.
it’s true. pies are good for a hurricane. They don’t have to be refrigerated (unless they are a cream pie) and they are delicious! This post is late today because Aaron and I have been preparing for hurricane Sandy to trounce through DC… and by preparing I mean, we have candles and water (plenty of whisky) and have spent the day drinking bloody mary’s and watching...
time flies when you're baking pie
The fall foliage has finally started it’s vibrant turn from green to those amazing hues that only come with the cooler weather. I’ve busted out my light sweaters and yesterday I even wore a fall appropriate scarf. I am, in fact, sipping on hot apple cider as I type this. It’s ideal weather for pie baking, as apples are ample in my CSA and I can roast pumpkins and sweet potatoes...
fall musings from a pie enthusiast
Guest Post from one Aaron Lee Morris. It’s been two years now since that first pumpkin pie was made in our Chicago apartment, two years since this journey of pie was set in motion, and while a whole lot has changed in both of our lives since that first pumpkin pie, my love of fall pies and the lady that bakes them remains constant. I don’t mean to use this blog as a platform to make all of you...
This has been a week of crust disasters, which have me beating my head against the kitchen cabinets (actually happened) and taking large swigs of (cheap) vodka that should be used for crust, but instead has been soothing my frustrated feelings that I will never get this right. My one saving grace has been Aaron, who still eats whatever strangely crusted pie I produce and lists possible solutions....
'bye bye summer squash pie'
This week was full of pie experimentation, as I had three days off and lots of pie ideas floating around my head. The BLT pie, despite being beautiful and full of bacon… was a flop. PBSkids liked their bourbon bacon pecan pie and not only did they like it, they offered feedback! This whole testing part of writing a cookbook is so funny, because it’s really just me in the kitchen making...
this week in pie
Hello! Sorry I’m a day late in my pie posting for the week, it’s been a nutty week. This last week I tried a new pastry cream base for my cream pies that was a little less strangely gelatinous (courtesy of Belinda) and whipped up a pretty great coconut cream. It’s getting there… and it’s certainly fun to experiment! Any excuse to toast some coconut is a good excuse...
unabashed zest nerd
Hello! Since I’ve moved to DC officially, I’ve decided to post on teenypies once a week since not much is going on, but I still want everyone to be in the loop over the next few months as I play with pie ideas and write the book. I’ll still be taking lots of instagram photos however, so I’ll just post those here during the week and give you a whole lot of pie news, stories,...
sometimes I forget
So, lately I’ve just been going along making the last few stops on the tour of pie, baking with friends, and making plans to start the next chapter of my life in DC… and I’ve realized just how easy it is to forget how wonderful all of this is. This vagabond baker’s life which I had thought to be such a far-out and wacky idea in the beginning has slowly become normal life. ...
radio fame →
check out an interview I did a while ago that’s being broadcast on KCRW this afternoon! 11:00am PT
we live at the zoo.
I’m writing this post from my very own bed in DC. It’s a very rainy day and I for one am grateful for the gentle nudge toward embracing a writing day. I’ve been a busy bee around DC the last few days. The drive here was smooth sailing, thanks to the lovely group of friends who helped us cram everything into the surprisingly spacious Ford Flex (boy was that SUV a helpful beast)....
Pie Week at Relish and Teeny Pies is a favorite! →
it’s pie week at relish magazine and Teeny Pies is getting a shout out for the perfect summer pie recipe. So start baking for Labor Day and send me pictures of your holiday pies!
Darling pie friends. I’m taking a week-long break from all things pie in order to wrangle up all of my stuff that’s been floating around Chicago for the year, sort through it, and decide what’s making the trip to DC with me. Living for a year out of a single suitcase makes a girl wonder what on earth is in all of those packed-long-ago boxes and if I actually need any of it. ...
so many pie possibilities
I’ve only two days left to eat as much pie as possible in LA, and I’ve been doing my darndest to make sure that happens before I fly away. Sunday I spent the day with the lovely Ashley Clements and together we made one of the most delicious gluten free pies I’ve made so far. I don’t mean to brag but we made an absolutely fantastic pie. Ashley and I share a love for rhubarb...