Obligatory Pi[e]

The internet tells me I was supposed to bring a pie into work today. Pi day fail. I do have a chocolate chunk skillet pie sitting on my kitchen table, awaiting a small dinner party this evening. Incidental Pi day success.

Pie.

Here are a bunch of pies from Vegan Pie in the Sky testing, and a few other friends.

Strawberry Balsamic Pie, Vegan Pie in the Sky (adaptation).

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Sweet Potato Brazil Nut Crunch Pie, Vegan Pie in the Sky

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Coconut Creme Pie, Vegan Pie in the Sky

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Chocolate Strawberry Cashew Creme Swirl

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Cashew Creme Apple Crumb with golden raisings, Vegan Pie in the Sky

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White Russian Dude Pie. One of my all-time favorites.

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Manhattan Mud Pie, Vegan Pie in the Sky. Photo by Lucas.

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Drugs Benedict, Sizzle Pie. Yes.

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Aforementioned Chocolate Chunk Skillet Pie, with chocolate lentil candies. Adapted from Vegan Diner.

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This has been a productive walk down memory lane.

strawberry balsamic pie

Strawberry Balsamic Lattice Pie. Made with local strawberries, imported balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with coarse sugar. A variation of a recipe in the upcoming Vegan Pie in the Sky cookbook.

This is admittedly, one of my more rushed, rustic crust jobs that I’ve been rolling out with brown rice flour. Simply because….the bag is sitting on top of my fridge, locally milled and purchased from the farmers market, duh. More importantly, it served as a party pie for a dear friend’s birthday last weekend. This combination of saucey, sweet strawberries and the deep, refined tang of balsamic is almost unreal. Frankly, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a pie consumed this promptly.

The book is due out this October. Berry picking adventures soon.

lately

I’m just going to come out and say it. Hi. My name is Jess. I have a camera and a blog and here’s the flow of what I’ve been up to lately:

Smoked Potato Cheese: Take 2, Creamy Edition. I'll post the recipe after one more test run before Heartichoke.

Have I mentioned that I'm digging my stovetop smoker? Well, I am. Smoked Cherry Tomato & Kale Raab Pesto Bruschetta

Kale Raab Bistro Chowder; Bruschetta. Bistro Chowder Recipe from Appetite for Reduction. Farewell, Soup Season.

Tofu Cube Toss with Smoked Tomatoes, Roasted Red Pepper, Maitake Mushrooms, Kalamata Olives, Collard Raab; Mac & Cheddar Teese Sauce with Miso & Collard Raab. This ain't no wimpy scramble.

Baked Saffron Rice with Roasted Peppers. The recipe will be in the Spring issue of T.O.F.U. Magazine. Zomg.

From a small dinner party: Baked Saffron Rice with Roasted Peppers, Serrano Seitan Ham over Kale, Roasted Potato Bread and Blood Orange & Grapefruit Marinated Olives, etc.

Galician Empanada Pie with Smoked Soy Curls & Serrrano Ham, Take 1. Will be working on the conrmeal crust and spice factor.

TGI Return of the FarMar & Multi-Color Carrots. There are white carrots in the empanada pie, yo.

From the PPK Test Kitchen: Cappuccino Mousse Pie with Rad Whip. I'll get the fluffin' up next time.

From the PPK Test Kitchen: Manhattan Mud Pie. Photo by Lucas DeShazer. Truly, one of the few times you'll ever see me in the backround of a photo here.

Portland Hidden Gems are up next. Really.

and the pie goes on

Non-stop pie making continues with 2 more from the PPK test kitchen: Cashew Creme Apple Crumb and Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Cashew Creme Apple Crumb with golden raisins

Pumpkin Cheesecake with a swirl and spiced chocolate cookie crust

Back to the land of Vida Vegan Con and Vegan Iron Chef planning for me!

Rolling out pie crusts is way therapeutic.

the dawning of the pie

So, I currently have a few friends who are into no-sugar cleanses. Personally, I think it’s a sensible idea, but it’s become a little too trendy for my tastes and I’ve been busy stockpiling my organic, evaporated cane juice for an important reason: recipe testing for the newest in-progress Post Punk Kitchen cookbook has begun! I’m pretty much resurrecting The Piehole’s delivery service for all my local friends and humming the pie song from Waitress on a creepy, regular basis while wearing my cuter aprons.

I’ve warmed my feet in the syrup waters with two projects so far:

First up, Strawberry Handpies in Puffy Pie Dough

Each handpie is topped with coarse sugar and heart-shaped slits for my friend Millie’s Heartwarming party. Regardless of oozing some of the filling, they’re so freaking cute!!! And they rode a bus!!

Secondly, Sweet Potato Brazil Nut Crunch Pie in a Single Pastry Crust

This was the first pie I’ve sliced and hand-delivered to friends. Go, go magic pie and crust making!

Apple Cashew Creme Crumb is up next!