WEDNESDAY, August 4, 2010 I just finished writing the first draft of my new novel, PIE. It’s with my editor, David Levithan now and while I wait for his comments, I’ve decided to try out the 16 pie recipes I’m including in the book. The recipes have come to me from all over the country and I’ve had a ball collecting them.Tonight I made peanutbutter raspberry cream pie. My friend Rachel Yoder sent me the recipe. Rachel is a teacher from New Berlin, IL whose school I visited a few years ago. This recipe is a Yoder family favorite. I served it to my son Nat and his friend Nick tonight and they LOVED it. It’s kind of like a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich and a glass of milk all whisked together into a pie. Yum! If you have a favorite pie recipe, please send it to me, or post it here on my BLOG.
THURSDAY, August 5, 2010 It’s a rainy day up in the Catskills. A perfect day for making PIE! I just pulled this blueberry pie out of the oven and the whole house smells wonderful. I hope that Natty and Nick have room for more pie. On FRIDAY, August 6, 2010 I tried out my friend Amy’s buttermilk pie. I swear I could have eaten this whole pie by myself. Not everybody was as crazy about it as I was though so I thought I’d better make a more traditional pie for the family dinner we had on Saturday. Hailey, my step daughter came for a visit so she and I made a sour cherry pie together. It was a big hit.
And as if we didn’t have enough pies to choose from, my friend Dan showed up on Sunday with the most delicious peach pie I’ve ever tasted. It takes a lot of time to make a peach pie with fresh peaches. You have to dip the peaches in boiling water to loosen the skins, but in the end it’s worth the effort because the taste is out of this world.
I have to say I’ve really been enjoying doing all of this baking.
And it’s been a lot of fun sharing recipes with friends. However, this week I’ll be here at the house with just Mia, our dog for company, and as much I think she might enjoying eating pies, I’m going to take a little break from baking for a few days.
AUGUST 23, 2010
The notes are back from my editor, David Levithan and I’m now hard at work on the 2nd draft of PIE. Does this mean I
have no time for baking anymore? Nope. This weekend I picked the last of the blackberries from the bushes near my house in the Catskills and whipped up an apple blackberry pie. My friend Dan taught me a new way to crimp the crust. What do you think?