52 WEEKS OF PIE
ABOUT 52 Weeks of Pie
Moxie trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and has over 9 months experience working as a hostess at Red Lobster.
An avid foodie, Ned’s been cooking since he was 6 and eating since he was 9.
Cade has five years’ experience being fired from some of the best restaurants in Charleston, SC plus he's a kickass drummer.
IT ALL STARTED WHEN I DECIDED I WASN'T EATING ENOUGH PIE.
While pondering why enough delicious pie has not been set in front of me for consumption, I realized that I was at least partially to blame. If I knew how to bake a pie, I'd have more to eat! It couldn't be that tough to bake a pie, right?
However, I soon discovered that after years of working as a stunt car driver, a back-up punter for the Oakland Raiders, a buyer for a major rental car company, and other assorted pursuits, I neglected to actually learn how to bake!
Over the next 52 weeks, I plan on baking a pie a week, self-taught. I will document it here on this site to make sure I'm not cheating myself out of pie.
After all, I liek pie!
A BAKER’S BEST FRIEND
If you buy only one kitchen tool this month, make it a good knife. Experts recommend knives that weigh at least 7 ounces or more. When it is all said and done, what matters most is how well it fits your hand when you are slicing pie.
MAKE IT FRESH
For great pies, buy the freshest ingredients you can find, including in-season fruits. Crack your own pecans. Grind your own cinnamon. Grow your own wheat for flour. The dedicated pastry chef will stop at nothing to have the freshest ingredients for the pie his family will greedily devour in 45 seconds.
KNOW YOUR TERMINOLOGY
True bakers know the lexicon of the culinary arts. Learn the terms! Know the difference between a pie and a tart. A meringue and a cream. Beating versus whipping. Otherwise, you're just another poseur in the kitchen.
HELPFUL HINTS FROM THE STAFF
Q: HOW MANY PIES DO YOU PLAN TO BAKE THIS YEAR?
Q: NO, SERIOUSLY, HOW MANY PIES? REALISTICALLY?
Q: I DOUBT IT. THAT'S SERIOUS DEDICATION AND YOU ALREADY ADMITTED YOU AREN'T VERY GOOD AT BAKING.
A: THAT WASN'T A QUESTION.
Q: OK, HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO BET YOU WON'T BAKE 52 PIES?
A: HOW ABOUT THE $10 THAT I SPENT ON THIS WEBSITE?