Pie baker

This past month I've fallen off the cooking bandwagon. It's hard to adjust from cooking for two people to cooking just for yourself. Cooking for one is so lonely.

Not to mention it creates a big old mess and there's no one to help with the dishes after. This weekend I tried to get back into the swing of things by making my beloved boss Christine a very, very homemade looking birthday pie, with varying degrees of success.


I managed not to burn it, which was nice. But I don't think it was quite the masterpiece Alice Waters had in mind when she wrote "The Art of Simple Food". Hmm.... oh well. At least sweet Kristi took a few a nice pictures of it.

Despite all that, I am still hopelessly devoted to The Art of Simple Food. I know this is hardly a revelation to anyone who follows cookbooks or Alice Waters or farmers markets in the least, but this is the first book to ever steal my heart away and get me really excited about cooking.

I'd be lying if I didn't say that some of the charm of her book comes from the sweet engraved illustrations but the recipes are all gems, too.

The baking section has been hitting home these days, I think it has something to do with this whole thing. I seriously dream in pies and tarts these days, just can't get enough.

I'm dying to make a fruit galette like this one, but next week I'm 99.9% sure strawberry shortcake is going to be on the menu instead. That is if I can prep it without eating all of the strawberries first.

16 comments:

  1. This appears to be a peach and cherry filled pie...what is it?

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  2. Close, it was peach blueberry, one of my all time favorite fruit combos!

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  3. What are you talking about? That pie is beautiful!!! Gorgeous photos too.

    I understand about cooking for one. I just don't do it. Too much of a mess for too little food. I feel like so much always goes to waste:)

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  4. oh man peach blueberry is one of my favorites too! i especially like it in smoothie form.

    i think i pull out my copy of the art of simple food almost every night. i did just about an hour ago! it's definitely a treasure in my household.

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  5. I think it looks lovely and delicious! And you didn't even cheat on weaving the lattice.

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  6. since i've been alone all summer i haven't cooked for myself once.

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  7. I almost bought that book about a month ago...but I have the Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook, and I thought I'd try to get used to that one first :)

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  8. Yummy pie!!!! Could you come bake for me?? :)

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  9. Hang in there darlin, the first few months are always the hardest. However, it is generally nothing some good food and a really good glass of wine with friends can't sure. Should you need said wine or food, I'm always around to commiserate.

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  10. If you make the gallete, please report back about it. I have the cookbook too and have looked at that recipe many times but not yet attempted it.

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  11. I love Alice, and that book, and I love your blog! So happy to have found it!

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  12. These are beautiful. I have old 1861 journals from a man who was a student Minister in Bothwell, Ontario. they had orchards that sustained them through the winter, kept them in barrels,or buried, several varieties. That and a piece of pork or a chicken from a good neighbour. He was from Martinsburgh, New York. Eben Muir Rice.
    Thank you for the walk down memory lane, very charming.
    Bella

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