Suzi's Blog

Smoked Ham, Leek and Mushroom Pie

This recipe comes from a book titled Pies, Glorious Pies and glorious is what it is. Author Maxine Clark invented this dish for Christmas almost 20 years ago using her Scottish savory pie heritage. Suzen and I spent an afternoon quietly making the pie, decorating it, egg washing, baking, smelling, and finally, finally tasting this…

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Perfect Peach Pie Filling

For years I have struggled making peach pie. Suzen was totally scared off. We could not get the right flavor balance: too sweet or too spicy. And there was the issue of sogginess. Big, sloppy, the-first-piece-out-of-the-pie-is-a-disaster problems haunted us. I would look at peaches, pause, and sigh. I had no solution. Until I got The…

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Cookbook Review: Cutie Pies

  Suppose you grew up, luckily, with a grandmother who knew pies. Suppose, as an adult, you owned three Seattle coffee shops in 2008 and noticed the economy going south. Suppose you had the vision, if not the audacity, to see salvation through pie. I rather like that term: salvation through pie. Maybe a new…

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Jamaican-Spiced Pumpkin Pie: Mixing Pumpkin and Coconut

“Pumpkin pie,” my grandson Daniel replied. He was ordering Thanksgiving dessert. “Find that recipe,” Suzen commanded. We have this recipe, the recipe,  for pumpkin pie that is sensational. Haven’t made it for a couple of years. I go to search to find it. I search. And I search. It’s not on the computer. My forehead…

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