nectarine hand-pies

Dear Howard, It has become the year of pies and hand-pies. Sure, you might say they’re turnovers or strudels, but hand-pies are so much cuter. Who knew I would churn out more than 50 of these this year only to be gobbled up by the masses? I think the hand-pie obsession is real. Thank goodnessContinue reading “nectarine hand-pies”

nectarine and blueberry pie

Dear Kurt, It’s been a summer of pies! Sorry to have ruined grocery-store pies for you. But now I know why I never liked pies before, the store bought ones have such awful crusts! This summer was a big turning point for me. I used to pick cake over pie, but now I’m very muchContinue reading “nectarine and blueberry pie”

paprika peach pie

Dear Howard, Another pie! This time, the crust surprised us by being incredibly flaky like puff pastry. Was it the wide lattice? Was it because I added more liquid to the dough than the previous pie? Was it the addition of Demerara sugar? We’ll never know because I’m never consistent! Sorry, but at least eachContinue reading “paprika peach pie”

strawberry balsamic pie

Dear Howard, I finally joined the Food52 Baking Club on facebook. Why? Because they were using The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book for the month of July and it’s a cookbook that we actually own! It was so nice to see a forum where everyone was baking from the same recipes and sharing success stories andContinue reading “strawberry balsamic pie”

saffron, orange, and honey madeleines

Dear Laura, It was so good to catch up last night! You picked a great day to come over, I’m sorry I stuffed you with pasta and madeleines and we didn’t have room for some waffles and ice cream. We’ll have to take a snow-check for those. Howard’s parents gave me the little box ofContinue reading “saffron, orange, and honey madeleines”