Cherry Pocket Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Lots of exciting things are on the horizon for this little pie baker, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you!
First, and foremost, a big shout out hug and kiss to my girl Megan Dailey who takes just the prettiest pictures ever. Check them out here: http://www.unblinking-i.com/ She was most generous enough to come over one evening not too long ago to take some pictures of my pies and tarts. (I’m sure the free samples afterwards had nothing to do with her decision to help me, heehee).
It just so happens that right after this photo shoot, Food and Wine magazine started a photo contest: “Beautiful Party Desserts”. So, I submitted some of the beautiful photos to the contest, and they’ve already picked THREE (out of about 450) which are featured on their website until the contest closes on 9/15/11.
These are the three photos (so far) that Food and Wine likes!
Blueberry Lime Meringue Tart
Dutch Apple Crumb Pie
Bleeding Heart Cherry Pie
They will narrow all the entries down to 5, and the public will vote on their favorite. The winner of this photo contest will be featured in Food and Wine magazine, so stay tuned when voting begins next week. I’ll be flooding all of your email inboxes for pleas and bribes for you to vote for me. Wish me luck, this would be a HUGE opportunity for me and my pies.
Speaking of contests, for those of you who didn’t know, I won second place at the WV State Fair Pie Bakeoff! I submitted a Peach Bourbon Pecan Crumb Pie, which the judges just loved. I’d say for the first contest I’ve ever entered, I was very proud to win 2nd place!
On another note, I have recently been offered a place to bake in a commercial kitchen. So, if all goes as planned, look for my pies on the menus of local restaurants/establishments in the Charleston area. This is still in the very early stages of planning, but be patient! You’ll all get pie soon enough!
Finally, I wanted to say thank you to Aimee Neely Figgatt of Little Patch on the Lane Farm in Cross Lanes, WV. This past weekend she hosted a locavore picnic at her farm, and asked me to come out and serve pie. I went to the farmer’s market and toted home a HUGE box of locally grown honey crisp apples and freestone peaches. I baked my little heart out that morning, and headed out to the farm in the afternoon with ten pies! I’m happy to say that I served all but 4 slices of pie. Everyone at the picnic was so friendly and appreciative! I served Dutch Apple Crumb Pie, Peachy Keen Pie, Peach Pecan Crumb Pie, and Double Crust Apple Pie. It was a great opportunity to market my pies, and meet some of the local farming community. How about this cute little set up?
Pies at the Farm
Keep in mind that the holidays will be here before we know it! I make a mean pumpkin pie, so if you’re interested in pre-ordering pumpkin pie, or any other flavor for your holiday gatherings, office parties, corporate holiday gifts, secret santa, etc etc, go ahead and shoot me a message, and I’ll put you on the books!
Have a great day, and eat more pie!