Nine Days Of Pie 2018

Nine Days Of Pie 2018 –

Nine Days Of Pie ”Pie Social” 

If the politics of today are getting you down, and you want to do something completely different for a bit, join us at the Clinton Street Theater for a “pie social” on November 3rd.

Join in celebrating the Nine Days Of Pie with a slice of homemade pie (while supplies last), while enjoying the masterpiece montage that film genius Roger Leigh has put together of pie related videos on the big screen, and even a good, old-fashioned pie fight.

Seriously, drop off that ballot and come on down to revel in pie and the beauty of life. All are welcome.

Nine Days Of Pie ”Pie Social” Community Event

November 8th –
Mary Lund is active in the Montavilla Community and is welcoming us into her home for a full blown potluck with veggie lasagna, cobbler, and more. Come meet your neighbors, enjoy pie, and talk about all the things that unite us.
  • Mary Lund’s parlor (75th and Pine)
  • Thursday, November 8th
  • 6 – 9 pm
  • Free/Donations Welcome
Nine Days Of Pie - 
This year most of the celebration will be at our home, now in Portland. That has been the tradition these many years, and we are happy to keep it going. We will also be sharing pie at various spontaneous pie parties all over Portland.


9th Annual NINE DAYS OF PIE coming soon!

This is gonna be big, really big!!

This is the 9th year of the Nine Days Of Pie! It will be the second year in Portland, and it will include release of the long awaited Nine Days Of Pie cookbook. It all starts on November 1st and goes through the 9th. Last year I made more than 50 pies – a new record for me! This year? Who knows!

Last year’s version was insane for me, as we were in the middle of moving from Astoria to Portland, and I was working out of boxes and missing all kinds of things that were still between locations. In fact, I still need to post quite a few of last year’s recipes, so I will start to work on that asap, and hopefully be fully caught up before the big event occurs.

I am still looking for host locations, so if you are interested in hosting a free pie party in your community, please contact me at amy_bugbee [at]

The whole purpose of the Nine Days Of Pie is to bring people together and build community, it’s about finding common ground with those we don’t know or maybe see more differences than commonalities with.

It is also began as a defense measure to let people on the oregon coast meet Shane and I, and see us as human beings. It was an attempt to avoid a repeat of the events that happened to us in Northern Minnesota and still affect our psyche’s today.

I would like to extend my deep thanks to all of the locations that hosted us last year, and everyone who attended, and those amazing people that brought pies and other goodies. THANK YOU!

Day 9: Nine Days Of Pie 2017

Today is Shane’s Birthday & the grand finale of the Nine Days Of Pie. This may have been the biggest finale ever in 8 years of our holiday! A few weeks back, Shane was saying he wanted the 9th to be a quiet night at home, then a few days later, Shane said our favorite Portland pizza shop was doing Chicago stuffed pizza, but only on Mondays, he said he sure wished he could get one for his birthday, but his birthday was on a Thursday. After 21 years of marriage, I can take a hint.

I called our dear friend, fellow former Chicagoan, and the greatest pizza maker in Portland, Joe Studenroth of Bridge City Pizza and asked if he would want to participate in the Nine Days Of Pie. I explained that Shane was dreaming of a Stuffed Pizza for his birthday. He said “Of course! But, let’s do it over across the street from me at the Proper Pint, I supply pizza to them, and it will be good for them too.” That is true Chicago spirit right there! (For as gruff and rude as Chicagoans are known for being all over the world, we actually are full of heart and usually always willing to help our fellow human. We maintain that rough exterior as protection and defense, but don’t let this get around.)

Another thing I need to make note of since we are talking about Chicago and pizza. No one in Chicago really eats stuffed pizza, we all eat thin crust and sometimes thick crust, but not the super-thin foldable pizza of the east coast — ours actually holds toppings like sausage chunks, green peppers and mushrooms. Chicago pizza is about a rich red sauce, a nice crispy crust, and rather than being cut like a pie, we do squares known as “party cut” according to our pizza expert Joe (we never knew this city had a name.) The Stuffed Pizza, is something most Chicagoans eat once a year – on a birthday, or when a favorite aunt and uncle visit from Ohio, it’s not our daily pizza, not even a monthly pizza, it’s a lot like the Thanksgiving turkey, reserved only for special annual occasions. 

Okay, back to the Nine Days Of Pie… So there was a daytime event planned, it was a pie demo at Pacific Pie Company and Sarah, the owner was planning a do an in-cafe demonstration with pie samples to give away. It was to run from noon to 3 pm.

Admittedly, I was running a few minutes late, so when the phone rang as I was rushing to get out the door, I almost sent it to voicemail. Instead I answered it, and it was Sarah, she said it was almost noon and no one was there. I said I was hurrying to get there, but it being three hours long, I thought many people would probably come and go as they could, stopping in during their lunch hour or what have you. She said she would cancel it in 5 minutes if no one showed up. I told her I was probably 20 minutes away, so if she felt compelled to cancel I understood. She continued that as a new mom, she really didn’t have time for all of this, and didn’t want to do anything if no one was there. I apologized for her wasted time and investment into the event, and hung up the phone. I felt terrible, but Shane was very happy and excited that I now had time to play with him on his birthday.

Since we were planning to be at The Proper Pint, an establishment with some 30 different beers on tap, I decided to search and see if any pies were made with beer. Much to my delight, I found a long blog entry from David Lebovitz discussing in great and comical detail, an outing with friends in which a beer tart was one of the desserts served. He offered the recipe he’d created i an attempt to duplicate the tart, and the recipe from the actual cafe which he said was too complex for a home cook to try. Never one to back down from a challenge, we headed to the Proper Pint to get ourselves some beer, namely a very dark beer, and an amber ale. They actually canned the two beers right there while we waited, it was pretty cool. (Sadly, the pies only used a fraction of the cane, so what will we do with the rest of beer???)

Dessert Pizza Pie - Amy & Bridge City Pizza collaboration.

Historically, Shane’s favorite birthday pie is cherry, a few years ago I added to the delight with almond paste (a trick I learned while working for master chefs Nanci Main & Jimella Lucas), so this was a certainty of the day. I also had some peaches I had not yet used, so a peach pie with a crumble top was also made, and then the beer tarts, made with two totally different methods.

The pies were coming together at the speed of light (almost). Then, as soon as the peach came out of the oven we were out the door heading to Bridge City Pizza to make a dessert pizza and see what Joe had in store for us. Bridge City Pizza was slammed, in an apparent pre-Veterans day bonanza, so Joe set me up with a crust in which to create the dessert pizza. I used the leftover blueberry handle filling, blueberries, cinnamon and cream cheese. Atop it all came two cups of mozzarella cheese, and into the super hot pizza oven it went!

Joe said he’d see us later as we ran across the street to The Proper Pint. As with yesterday, people at The Proper Pint seemed a little confused the we were filling a table with pie that we were giving away for free. Britt, the sweet bartender, was adamant that we put a pitcher for pie donations on the table, and she forced it on us. Her and her cohort told those at the bar about The Nine Days Of Pie and slow but sure a trickle of curious beer aficionados came to the table to try some pie, and of course the official Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Worship” doughnut from Voodoo Doughnut – on it’s final day of existence.

Soon a lovely couple we’d met on Friday Night arrived, Ben and Elodie (I hope they will correct me on the spelling here if my guess is wrong). Elodie is from France came and brought not one but two beautiful French pies, one was a French Apple pie whose beauty of fanned apples on the top put all of my pies to shame, and a tart tatin, which is kind of an upside-down apple tart. Both were apple pies, but bother were completely different in taste. Elodie said tart tatin so beautifully, when I said it back to her in the American way she heartily laughed! A lovely couple that had come to the Proper Pint for beer were so enamored with he whole Nine Days Of Pie concept and spread they dropped a $20 int he pitcher and commenced to trying every pie, which was totally awesome! A couple I’d given pie to at The Abbey Bar the night before came in, and I was glad to see them again ad give them pie. Two younger guys in hunting type coats came up for pie and listened intently to the concept.

The the pizza began to arrive, Joe and Bridge City Pizza brought, not one, not two, but THREE stuffed pizzas over, a veggie one, a sausage one, and Joe’s personal favorite with pepperoncini peppers and a bunch of amazing fillings, it was incredible! Then came the dessert pizza, looking better than I ever thought possible, and a thin crust pizza with brussel sprouts, sweet potato and I can’t even recall. Bridge City Pizza had blown up the Nine Days Of Pie! They owned Day nine, taking a holiday of indulgence and turning it to 11! 

Several friends stopped in and tried all of the various pizzas, more folks who had unwittingly stumbled on the Nine Days Of Pie in search of a beer came over to see what the pie and pizza may-lay was all about, and then our friends Verna and William popped in who live in Portland, but have often traveled to Astoria to partake in Pie during these “high time for pie time” days. Soon Joe was there to bask in the cheers for his pizza, and try the pies and especially the dessert pizza, followed not long after by his pizza crew, some long time staff, some newer faces, and as always one person who came from Chicagoland. They all celebrated with pizza and pie and pints.

This was a ninth day to end all Nine Days of Pie final days! And Shane, as the birthday boy, carefully hid a slice from every pie and pizza into a box and slipped it into the car for day after feasting for himself. For me the very best part of the Nine Days Of Pie this year was Shane’s giant ear to ear smile. He hasn’t really enjoyed the Nine Days Of Pie all that much for the last few years, but all Nine Days he has been smiling and happy, and tonight he was so happy, and had so much fun, it made this Nine Days Of Pie great for me as well!

I want to take a moment to thank Pacific Pie Company for participating, sort of. Thanks to The Proper Pint for hosting us, and their awesome staff for being so great! But above all, I offer a big, ten-fold bearhug of love for Joe and all at Bridge City Pizza!!! They are our FAVORITE pizza in Portland, and Joe is just the greatest guy! The first time we went to try a Bridge City Pizza it was only Joe there just a few months after he opened, and now he has a whole crew and a great following due to his great, amazing, and stupendous pizza! Southside all the way!!!

Day 8: Nine days Of Pie 2017

  • 3-5pm Natural Grocers, Happy Valley, OR
  • 7-9pm The Abbey Bar /Coffee Time substitute location

Today, we were supposed to be at Coffee Time, which is our favorite place to get a hot cocoa after a movie at Cinema 21. But they have had a run of bad luck with a remodel, so a few weeks ago the owner said she would make alternate celebration arrangements for us with her next door neighbors at The Abbey Bar, just in case they could not host us. Though I understood this was a possibility from the start, I held out hope that Coffee Time would come through. 

We arrived at the The Abbey Bar next door to Coffee Time right before 7, and while the bartenders and cook seemed pleasant enough, they told me they had only found out earlier that day that they would be our host location. The fellow behind the bar asked, “What is this pie day thing?”

I tried to explain what the Nine Days Of Pie was, they nodded but still looked confused. Then, the guy  said he would not be eating any pie. I cut some pieces for them no matter what, to which the cook seemed very pleased, and even asked for a second helping of one of them.  

Shane and I set out the “Pie Worship” doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut, and three pies, Tangerine Chiffon, Malted Walnut, and Yam & Pecan, which according to the cookbook was the 1958 winning recipe of the “Yambilee”.

Friends began to arrive, and one even brought us a variety of stickers in a pie dish, she called it a “Sticker Pie”! As it turned out, the sticker pie was a big hit with the staff of The Abbey Pub, and they took several stickers they liked.

I offered all of the bar’s patrons pie and few took me up on the offer. One couple seemed very excited about the whole concept and enjoyed slices of each pie and a doughnut, others were less excited about it. I offered a group of three pie, and the woman told me they were medical students and didn’t have any money. I said I didn’t want any money, it was a little awkward.

A little while later, one of the wonderful cinefiles that work at Cinema 21, Issac came into the bar. We’d told him and a co-worker about the Nine Days Of Pie a few weeks back while getting popcorn before a movie, and we were shocked to see in a social media notification that he had shared the event and written nice things about the upcoming holiday. I gave him a few slices of pie and he ordered a beer. We talked about movies and technology and life with him for about an hour, it was great conversation.

When Issac left, we packed up and left too, which seemed to be a big relief for the two bartenders. The guy especially made me feel weird, like we were panhandlers, but in reverse. Shane said this was his least favorite day of the Nine Days Of Pie. 

Aside from Isaac, the other high point of my day was the third and final pie demo I did at natural grocers in Happy Valley. This was the most well attended of all of the Natural Grocers pie demos with more than a dozen attendees. I was challenged by a staff member of the store to create a vegan and grain free pie, so I whipped up a nut crust and made a quick blueberry pie with a crumble topping.

This was before the demo even began officially. Next came samples of crust, one from a gluten free mix and the other my creation – a mix of gluten free flours, including tapioca, millet, and others. The people were really engaged which was great, and all asked lots of questions. Then came the popular leek and chèvre tarts, this time with some saffron added into the mix. Next came the Amish Vanilla Pie, but with orange extract instead of vanilla, and finally a pumpkin pie. The attendees seemed pretty surprised I completed four different pies in less than two hours. They wanted to know all about the Nine Days Of Pie and it’s origins, and then they wanted to know why vanilla has been getting so expensive, and I was of course glad to explain the situation. One woman, Christine who attended with her husband Jon said they were going to put forward the idea of sharing food with people they didn’t know, two ladies who sat up front said they’d always been afraid to make pie since they’d gone gluten free, but now they felt more confident about it. The Nutritional coach was a great help and even helped me clean up after the demo, which allowed me to get on the road that much sooner.

It was a really great experience, and the nutritional coach said I should set up a vanilla demo there soon. I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to Natural Grocers for doing these demos, it was a lot of fun! Natural Grocers is a really nice store, especially for bulk spices, and with affordable prices on natural foods. Thanks also to Coffee Time for almost hosting us, and to The Abbey Bar for letting us invade their space for a couple hours.

Day 7: Nine Days Of Pie 2017

Today was a first in Nine Days Of Pie history, today we arrived at the host location and they had an entire counter filled with slices of pie! Granted, Bipartisan Cafe is a fantastic pie shop, but I was still unsure of what our reception would be, so I had my three pies all ready to go, and then to my amazement – pie! The slices spread across the entire side counter and  included apple, mixed berry, and peach/marianberry, plus of course we had the official “Pie Worship” doughnut from Voodoo Doughnuts.

Bipartisan Cafe’s co-owner Hobie was ready and waiting to share pie for people, and her kindness, friendliness and wonderful demeanor set us immediately at ease. It felt like we were taking to a dear friend rather than a total stranger. 

She introduced us to her friend and regular customer Jim, who then introduced us all to his friend Helen. We all sat together enjoying pie and coffee and talking about art and travels and life. Hobie shared a great story of moving to Chicago in the 1980s, and calling to tell her mother it was “very pleasant” to which her mother freaked out. Jim told us he spent two years of his very early childhood in the “Irish Ghetto” of Chicago, and Shane and I knew exactly where he meant, as we had lived there just before it gentrified, the Stockyards area so famously written about by Upton Sinclair in The Jungle, and known to us as Canaryville.  

A couple fellows from the bar next door came by for pie and to find out what the Nine Days Of Pie was, and so I explained it, and then it turned out both of them had lived in Chicago at different times! They delighted in the idea of free pie. A little while later, a young couple came in looking to meet a friend, I asked them if they wanted pie and of course they did. I explained the idea of the Nine Days Of Pie and they thought it was pretty awesome. They tried some pie an said they would be ready for it next year!

As Jim, Hobie, and Helen headed out for the evening, in walked Angel York, Chocolatology author (see Day 5) with her friend Christine! What a wonderful surprise! I got my very own gift wrapped copy of Chocolatology! We talked and they enjoyed pie until “last call”. We all headed out into the night, they with pie and doughnuts packed up for later or for friends, and Shane and I still with 3 pies awaiting eaters… An absolutely perfect evening!

Huge thanks to all at Bipartisan cafe for hosting us and making us feel so welcome.

Today I also did another demo at Natural Grocers, this time in Gresham. The demo had only two attendees and one left halfway through, but Christine who stayed through the whole thing was very wonderful and asked great questions – and got to talk quite a lot of pie home. The store was not quite as warm and welcoming as Beaverton had been, but it was still a great time, and I left the rest of the pies and tarts for staff to enjoy. There was Amish Vanilla, Blueberry with a thick lattice crust, and the wonderful chèvre and leek tarts.

Big thanks to Natural Grocers for hosting me! I I do want to stay, I am impressed with the prices and their stock of foods. A very affordable option. 

Oh, and the pies I made today were Tangerine Chiffon (my own invention), Malted Walnut, and a chèvre and leek tart that Shane and I reheated an enjoyed for a late dinner. I think this means I will only need to make one pie for day 8!


Day 6: Nine Days Of Pie 2017

Today the Nine Days Of Pie was at Dantes in the evening and Natural Grocers in Beaverton during the day for a free pie demo by yours truly.  

The pie demo went great! I was nervous a bit, and then there was no anise in the entire store so my pair and anise pie was out the window, then there were no pie pans either, so I ad-libbed. There were eight or ten people in attendance, thankfully including The Amazing Alanna Quinn Hamilton who documented the event. I first made two pie crusts, one with a standard gluten free flour, and one with my own creation of flours. I rolled out small samples, dipped them in cinnamon and sugar and baked them so people could taste the difference. Then I make leek and chèvre tarts in the muffin pans, and blueberry hand pies. Everyone asked great questions and were really engaged. The staff at Natural Grovers was awesome, they were excited about the demo, and the store manager and their nutritional coach both stopped by the demo to sample some stuff. It was really great!

Then we raced over to Dantes where we had two live performers happening, Dingo and Olive were planning a “blue” show and Bone And Bell would be performing a set too. Bone and Bell is singer songwriter Heather Smith who sings songs of murder, beheadings and the like in a sweet soulful voice. Finally, a singer/songwriter I can relate to!

This was especially great as Heather, also made her grandmothers Pineapple Ice Box Pie, and a mystery friend brought three beautiful orange and almond cakes (Thank you both so much!!!).

The live performances were absolutely great, and the pies all encircled a table fireplace offering a dramatic feel. Today’s pies were strawberry, Mammy’s Lemon Chess Pie, a coconut custard pie with no diary, grain or soy, and we brought the beautiful savory made by Angel and Darin yesterday with chocolate, eggplant, and beans. Plus, of course, the Voodoo Doughnut “Pie Worship” doughnut!

Everyone at the show was really excited and delighted by the pies and entertainment and the pizza guy at Dante’s was really awesome and willing to try a couple slices of our pies. This was also a unique event in that the focus was entertainment and not so much conversation, but it was an exciting experiment in the Nine Days Of Pie adventure we have embarked on for all these years.

A big thanks to Dante’s and Frank for allowing us to serve pie in their lair and allowing us a couple hours of “Pie Worship”! What fun!!!

Day 5: Nine Days Of Pie 2017


Today we celebrated at AFRU Gallery, a small non-profit gallery. It was super exciting for me because we were celebrating with Angel York and Darin Wick authors of the new book ‘Chocolatology’ just released by Microcosm Publishing, and to which I was invited to contribute! To celebrate I made all chocolate pies! I made a pistachio and chocolate tart, a vegan bittersweet chocolate pie with a caramel (yes vegan) topping, and yam chèvre, and mole (with chocolate) empanadas. 

Darin and Angel came armed with two amazing pies, a savory pie of eggplant, beans and chocolate, and it was quite delicious! Darin read a bit from the new book which hey had for available for sale, and Angel offered herself as a recipe medium, prescribing recipes from the book for people who asked.

Additionally, Sarah from AFRU, who also attended the pie fight came with a beautiful mixed berry pie with Chutulu on the top! It was so delicious!

We were definitely pie plentiful, and it was great because a number of people stopped in who were just wandering by, several people came again from Fridays event which was super excited and our favorite hypnotist even gave me a pair of wacky socks!

A young woman came certain there would be no pie for her, as she was a vegan, but was happily surprised to be able to enjoy not one but two slices of Vegan Chocolate Pie!

It was nice to have another daytime event this year, it offered up a free evening, which, actually ended up with me taking a 7 pm nap that I woke up from 12 hours later, opps.

Thanks to AFRU for hosting us, and especially to Angel and Darin for sharing their amazing new book with us!

Day 4: Nine Days Of Pie 2017

This was a first in Nine Days Of Pie history. Not only did Roger and Lani Jo at the Clinton Street Theater put together the greatest collection of pie related move and television clips ever seen, but they let us do a pie fight out in front of the theater!

Never in a million years did I think a pie fight would be involved in this holiday, yet, it is the perfect addition. We arrived at the Clinton with our daily does of “Pie Worship” doughnuts, two apple pies, one a classic granny smith pie with a double crust and an apple blueberry crumble top pie with walnuts. In addition, we had a second yet untouched savory potato and ricotta pie.

Shane had researched how to make pie fight pies, and we found the secret was pudding. With the help of a little boy attending with his grandfather, we put together about 20 pie fight pies before the videos started. On the way into the theater a woman stopped me on the street and asked Is there really going to be a pie fight here today?”. I assured her there would be. She replied, “I’ll be back, I’ve always dreamed of being in a pie fight!” and with that she disappeared around the corner. 

Everyone in attendance were extremely enthusiastic. People tried slices of each pie and watched the pie compilation video laughing heartily at scenes from the Three Stooges, The Amazing Race, American Pie, Bewitched, and many more. Everyone sampled all the pies, and then, it was time for the Pie Fight!

Everyone grabbed some pie fight pies and headed outside, two little kids, a handful of young women, Shane and I, had a blast hitting one another and getting hit with pies. Shane picked up one of the little boys and put his head in a pie, Shane and the woman who always dreamed of being in a pie fight appeared (pretty obviously) to have gotten the worst of it. We all shrieked with laughter!

While the actual pie fight took only minutes, the clean-up was a long process – thankfully, it rained later.

This was the first ever daytime Nine Days Of Pie event, and it was great fun. It was also nice to head home and be able to relax in the evening! The rest of the Nine Days of Pie is full with two events each day, so this was really nice.

Huge thanks to the Clinton Street Theater, one of the greatest places in all of Portland! They do amazing events for the community all the time, which is a lot of what Makes Portland so unique!


Day 3: Nine Days Of Pie 2017

Tonight was First Friday, which is one of Portland’s months art walks, and this was the biggest show of people we have had thus far. Our host was the East Creative Collective, and specifically Tappen Studios owned by Dawn Tappen. 

Since I am still adjusting to a new oven, so yet again, we were running a tad late. There was already a slew of people awaiting the Nine Days Of Pie experience, so we jumped into action to make it happen.

Today’s pies included a potato with ricotta cheese for the savory, the pear anise that did not get cooked enough for the night before, a peach and raspberry pie, and Amish Vanilla Pie, a simple pie with a lot of punch.  

People were excited about the pie, but kept asking if there was a charge, where I sold my pie, where my pie shop was, and the like, I tried to explain to each that there was no charge, and I had no commercial pie business, that this was just our holiday of sharing, people were completely baffled.

“How do you make money on this?” one demanded to know. I explained that I didn’t, that I saved for months to do this, and it was my vacation time for my job. 

“Why would you do this?” a couple demanded to know. I tried to explain that it was a celebration of my husband’s birthday, an event to help build community and meet new people, and as an art project. They looked at me with a puzzled look and walked away to eat pie.

One young man returned to ask, “You really do this for free? And you’ve done this for 8 years?” “Yes!” is said with a smile. He still shook his head.

Shane and I laughed at the shock and surprise of those eating pie, wondering why on earth I would slave away making pies for nine straight days to give away to strangers with no commercial plan or purpose behind it. We found this incredibly amusing, and continued to dish out pie. 

Some people came into Tappen Studios, “Is this where the pie is?” They asked. When I assured them it was they added, “Everyone in this building is going on about free pie. No one can believe it, so we came to see for ourselves.” I dished them up sample size slices of a couple pies, which were growing scarce and they walked around looking at the various pieces of colorful works on the walls of the gallery.


Day 2: Nine Days Of Pie, 11-2-2017

(See all the events for November 1 – 9 here:

Having to take pies across town as a part of this new adventure I had not considered carefully enough when planning this year’s events. 6 PM snuck up on me, and so there we were driving to Milepost 5’s Art Haus Cafe with a pair of blazing hot lemon Meringue Pies, a warm Chanterelle Pie, and leaving behind a half cooked Pear Anise Pie. Thankfully, we’d made arrangements to have a fresh dozen “Pie Worship” doughnuts ready for us each day, and on this day, they were the big savior.

Milepost 5 is a large pair of buildings that offer housing and work spaces to artists, they have a gallery, meeting space, and the Art Haus Cafe also. It is a really cool space, and the building the cafe is in appears to be an old school or something of that sort. It is very cool that working artists have an affordable place to create and you can feel the creative energy just waking in the door. It literally vibrates with artists past and present.

Carlee who runs the space was very welcoming to us, and she even brought a coconut cream pie for the event. A half dozen people were ready and waiting, so I commenced to serving up the Chantrelle Pie as quickly as possible. It was gone in a blink and everyone excitedly reveled in it. Next came the “Pie Worship” doughnuts, and the coconut cream, and I tried to avoid serving the lemon for as long as possible.  

The lemon pie was a classic Amy fail, but not at the fault of the recipe (Bob Hope’s Favorite Lemon Pie), alas, it was human failure on my part. The crust was too hard, the filling was soup, and the meringue wrinkled. They were a sad pair of pies, but that’s how it goes. The recipe came from a recent acquisition of a recipe rolodex we found at an estate sale. The home we purchased it from was that of an older woman who was transitioning to assisted living, and if her vast array of drink glasses – liquors, sherry, every style of wine glass, snifters and others, I’d say life was good for her! The rolodex at $2 was a steal, and ironically full of many pie recipes. Recipes within it included newspaper and magazine clippings, typed and xeroxed copies, and even some are hand written!

The attendees of tonight’s events were nearly all residents of Milepost 5 which made is so exciting. Shane delighted in talking art with the welcoming residents, and even has a co-lab or two already planned! There was a fellow from South Dakota who lived there since the start, a young woman getting her MFA, artists working in a variety of mediums, and we even welcomed a Nine Days Of Pie friend from Astoria! 

Kim from Astoria drove all the to Portland for the event (and to see a live folk show nearby) which as really exciting. She has attended a past Nine Days Of Pie and she and Shane share the same birthday of November 9th. She is a super great lady, a mother, educator, and artist, and after meeting her in Astoria, we always planned to spend more time together so this was great!

People came an went throughout the event in true Nine Days Of Pie style and the pie and doughnuts got scarce at the end. As the night came to an end we were sorry to go, but we feel pretty certain we will be back for more events there in the future – and those co-labs! 

After a quick inventory, it became pretty apparent more pie supplies were needed, so Shane and I made a dash to the nearby grocery store. At the check out line we struck up a conversation with the store clerk ad the man behind us in line, and invited both to join us for the Nine Days Of Pie. When they heard that Voodoo Doughnuts had created a doughnut for our crazy holiday they said we were “Portland Legends” and wanted to take a picture. We beamed all night from this sweet statement, and hope to see them both for pie!

Shane is delighted with this eighth annual celebration, I too am having a great time, but I sure hope I get his pie timing going better for the day 3 and beyond!

Huge thanks to Carlee and Milepost 5 and the Art Haus Cafe! Thank you so much!



Chantrelle Mushroom Pie

I was so glad to find this recipe, and check it out, it’s Scandinavian! (Shout out to Astoria).

Original recipe here:

Chanterelle Pie (Kantarellpaj)


1 cup flour, plus more for rolling out dough
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
7 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

FOR THE FILLING: (I made a few adjustments in my version)

3 tablespoons butter
1 c. leeks, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound chanterelles, cut into about 1-in. pieces
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated gruyère cheese


Make crust: In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, and pepper. Cut in butter. Stir in wayer and knead.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly flour a work surface.

Unwrap dough; with a rolling pin gently roll it out.

Place rolled-out dough in a 9 1/2-in. tart pan. Trim edges flush with pan edges. Cover dough with a large piece of aluminum foil and weigh down with pie weights, dried beans, or uncooked rice.

Bake crust 20 minutes. Lift foil and weights off crust and bake until beginning to turn golden, about 10 minutes. Let crust cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, make filling: Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add leeks and salt and cook, stirring, until leeks are soft, about 3 minutes. Turn heat to high and add mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, until mushrooms have given off their liquid, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in thyme, cream, and pepper, then turn off heat and let cool to room temperature.

(I did not have a greater, so I did slices.) Spread half of the grated cheese over tart crust. Spread leek-mushroom mixture on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and golden, about 25 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Day 1: Nine Days Of Pie, 11-1-2017

The Nine Days Of Pie is always a great unknown, an unknown of pie and and unknown of people.

Even beyond that, this year is a whole new adventure for us, the Nine Days Of Pie has always been held in the warmth and comfort of our home, and there definitely is a security in that, but this year we have thrown ourselves out into the world. This year, every event of the Nine Days Of Pie – 13 in all -each takes place in a different location!

As the schedule lists ( each event is in a different location in the Portland area. There are several reasons for the change, but mainly it is because of the discord in America right now, if ever we needed to find common ground over something as comforting as pie, now is the time. Last year, the Nine Days Of Pie took a sad and strange turn after election night, and in the year since a divide has truly crippled our melting pot nation.

This first night, was held at the world famous Voodoo Doughnuts (Voodoo Doughnut II) where the amazing folks there fell in love with the idea of the Nine Days Of Pie and offered to create a special pie doughnut for it! We were in awe of this offer, and then about a week before our event began they told us they would offer the doughnut on all 9 days of the Nine Days Of Pie!!! This is such an honor for us, and a very welcoming gesture on their part. They call the special Nine Days Of Pie doughnut “Pie Worship” and it is very apt!

We arrived at Voodoo Doughnut II, and were relieved that there was not a line around the block, as there often is. They had a big booth reserved for us, and we opened up one of the giant boxes of doughnuts. A friend was already there so seeing a friendly face was a big relief, and the amazing staff told doughnut seekers all night that the crazy people over at the booth had a free “Pie Worship”  doughnut for them and an event going on about pie and community. The staff at Voodoo Doughnut is incredible!

A while later I noticed a young woman sitting across the way, but she was not enjoying doughnuts, nor was she smiling as every other person entering this famed doughnut shop was. She was on the phone, and she broke into tears several times. I motioned to Shane, and he jumped into action, he grabbed a ““Pie Worship” Doughnut (Did I mention, they are sweet potato filled with maple icing, a wavy pie crust design along the top and three marshmallows on top?) and brought it to her with a Nine Days Of Pie flyer, then he bought her a coffee. She said thank you, and we left her alone to deal with whatever was going wrong in her life at the moment.

People came up to us to hear more, families, couples from out of town, a coach on his way to meet, and many more, all were excited to get a free doughnut, but even more, they were surprised to hear about what we were were doing and the purpose of our actions. 

One young woman came in for a doughnut and the staff sent her over to us, she sat down to talk. She told us she’d gone out this night specifically to meet people. She moved to Portland a few months earlier because she heard Portland was accepting of weird people, and she was the weirdest person in her town. She’d come from Flint Michigan with $20 in her pocket, she’d spent a month homeless but now had a place and a job. She told us she is 20 years old and wants to be an artist. Gabrielle was her name, and she was the highlight of our night, she embodied everything the Nine Days Of Pie is about, people coming together and sharing a moment of togetherness as human beings. It’s a fight against the isolation many of us face in our daily lives.

A  couple came in for doughnuts and chatted with us for a bit, and in a moment of perfect irony, when they turned to leave Shane saw the back patch on the fellow’s jacket was the same art Voodoo Doughnut had used for their “Pie Worship” doughnut poster!!! Shane quickly got a photo! Nine Days Of Pie magic!

As our event reached into the final hour another friendly face came rushing in the door, Alanna. Alanna has a special distinction related to the Nine Days Of Pie, she came from Portland to our home for the even some years back on a first date with a young man named Michael. I remember saying to her then that was a heck of a first date, to which she responded that yes a first date traveling two hours to Astoria to have pie at the home of people she only knew faintly on Facebook was a good test. Apparently, Michael passed the test because the two are now married!!! (Note* Nine Days Of Pie as place of love). This was the perfect wrap-up for our event.

I’d made some blueberry hand pies which we’d kept in the car, so we loaded Alanna up with a “Pie Worship” doughnut for Michael and hand pies for the two of them, then we gave a pair of hand pies to each of the amazing staff. We’d given away nearly 3 dozen “Pie Worship” doughnuts, and talked to quite a few new people, hopefully we will see at least some of them again during this holiday! Then, we headed off into the night with giant sugar smiles on our faces!


Blueberry Hand Pies

Blueberry Hand Pies 


12 oz blueberries

1 apple, diced

1/2 c. water

1/2 c. sugar

2 T. corn starch

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

1 T butter

2 T milk

Cook water sugar and apples until boiling for a few minutes. Add half the blueberries. Cook for 5 minutes or so. Toss remaining blueberries with corn starch, spices. add to pot and cook for a few minutes. It should thicken a bit. turn off heat and add butter. Stir and let cool.


2 1/4 c. flour (I used spelt, unbleached white and tapioca)

1 tsp salt

10 T. butter

1/2-3/4 water

Mix flour and salt, cut in butter until crumbly.

Add water and stir.

Knead until smooth, cover and let sit for 30 minutes

Roll out dough and cut into disks or squares. place 1-2 T of filling in each and cover or fold over and seal. Brush tops with milk. pierce tops with a fork, bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes.

Nine Days Of Pie Locations & Info

What is the Nine Days Of Pie?

It is a celebration of pie, and a way to bring people from all walks of life together. It’s all about community, and pie, and Shane’s birthday, and pie.

Nine Days Of Pie Locations: 

DAY 1 – Wed. November 1 from 6 – 9pm

  • Voodoo Doughnuts II 1501 NE Davis St, PDX – Facebook Event Page

DAY 2 – Thurs. November 2 at 6pm

  • Milepost 5’s Art Haus Cafe 8155 NE Oregon St, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

DAY 3 – Fri. November 3 at 6pm First Friday!

  • East Creative Collective (Studio 3) 211 SE Madison St, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

DAY 4 – Sat. November 4 at 2pm

  • Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

DAY 5 – Sun. November 5 – 2pm

  • Afru Gallery 534 SE Oak St, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • Featuring readings and demos from Angel York & Darin Wick the authors of the Brand New microcosm publishing release, Chocolatology: Chocolate’s Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes. Also, PIE! ALL CHOCOLATE PIES THIS DAY OF PIE!!!! Some will be vegan.
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

DAY 6 – Mon. November 6 (2 PIE LOCATIONS! 2 PIE TIMES!)

  • 3-5pm Natural Grocers in Beaverton – pie demo by Amy Bugbee – Facebook Event Page
  • 7pm – Dante’s 350 W Burnside St, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

DAY 7 – Tues. November 7 (2 PIE LOCATIONS! 2 PIE TIMES!!)

  • 3-5pm – Natural Grocers in Gresham – pie demo by Amy Bugbee – Facebook Event Page
  • 6pm – Bipartisan Cafe 7901 SE Stark St, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

DAY 8 – Wed. November 8 ( 2 PIE LOCATIONS! 2 PIE TIMES!!!)

  • 3-5pm – Natural Grocers in Clackamas – pie demo by Amy Bugbee – Facebook Event Page
  • 7pm – CoffeeTime 712 NW 21st Ave, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

DAY 9 – Thurs. November 9 ( 2 PIE LOCATIONS! 2 PIE TIMES!!!)

  • Noon to 3pmPacific Pie Company, pie demo by Sarah Curtis-Fawley 1520 SE 7th Ave, PDX – Facebook Event Page
  • 7pm – The Proper Pint 5965 SE 52nd Ave, Portland with Pizza Pie from Bridge City Pizza! Facebook Event Page
  • Plus, Nine Days Of Pie “Pie Doughnuts” available all day at both Voodoo Doughnuts Locations!

Other info: 

Regarding Pie - Many people ask if they can bring a pie, or if they must bring a pie. Fact is, pies are welcome, but never required. If you want to bring a pie, we’re delighted. If you don’t, were still delighted to have you!

Is there a cost?

  • No cost for pie, but this year is a little different:
  • At Dantes the Bands & Performers will welcome donations!
  • At the Clinton Street Theater the theater will LOVE your donations!
  • At Voodoo Doughnuts, we will share as many “Pie Doughnuts” as we can during the time we are there, but Voodoo Doughnuts will have the official Triple XXX Smoked Vanilla Pie Doughnuts for sale ALL DAY!

Also, our main facebook event page for Nine Days Of Pie 2017 edition is here:

If you want to pitch in for pie making stuff or tip the cook:

Presented by Triple XXX Vanilla

PIE WORSHIP – a pie doughnut in celebration of the nine days of pie from voodoo doughnuts.


How fucking cool… Voodoo Doughnut has made a doughnut to honor the nine days of pie, let me introduce you to the PIE WORSHIP nine days of pie doughnut.

It is only available during the nine days of pie and will be available at both voodoo doughnuts Portland locations…

PIE WORSHIP is a Raised yeast doughnut with sweet potato filing, topped with maple frosting, three marshmallows and decorated like a pie. $2.75

We will be at voodoo dough-nuts second location on Nov. 1st to kick off the nine days of pie… We will give out limited samples of the PIE WORSHIP doughnuts and Amy promise’s to have some home made hand pies to, of course, hand out after we leave, in the parking lot or from the nearest curb. (Outside food is not allowed in restaurants, duh).

Want to help with the Nine Days Of Pie?

Many people ask the question, how does the Nine Days Of Pie happen? They wonder, who pays for it? Who is the sponsor? And, also can/should I bring a pie?  How can I help?

Please let this blog guide you to understand how the Nine Days Of Pie works. 

How does the Nine Days Of Pie happen? Who pays for it? Who is the sponsor? 

The Nine Days Of Pie is a labor of love by Shane and Amy Bugbee. There are no sponsors, no paid participants. Believe it or not, Amy saves money from her meager paycheck to cover the cost of ingredients, and she uses her vacation time to host people and make pies. Instead of sitting poolside on vacation with an umbrella in a drink, this is what the couple chooses to do. It sounds crazy, sure, but someone has got to do it!

Okay, enough of the third person talk…

Additionally, all of this year’s many wonderful participants are basically donating their space, and several are donating the pies they make. Imagine The Clinton Street Theater and Dantes are just letting us use their space! Just turning the lights on costs money, big money. And, other locations are spending money and manpower to make their part in this event happen.

Why? Because this is about building a strong community, and all of us are willing to sacrifice in an effort to do that. In this time especially, bringing people together is vital. It is vital for the future of our neighborhoods, our cities and our entire nation! Sure that sounds grandiose, but as the old saying goes, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, or the other one about not overlooking the power of a single person to change the world.

Want to bring a pie?

Pie is welcome, but certainly not required. Rest assured, this is’t a pie contest, there are no judges. Your pie will be met with absolute gratitude, store bought or homemade, all are welcome at most locations.

AND, if you do bring a pie, we’ll give you a prize. Actually, we will give you a gift pack worth over $50. Yep, that’s right.

Also, if you make a pie, PLEASE bring the recipe. I am working on a Nine Days Of Pie cookbook and I would be thrilled and delighted to include your recipe in the book to celebrate your guest pie!

How else can I help?

Make no mistake, we love The Nine Days Of Pie, but it is a costly affair. I bake with nearly all organic ingredients, I make some vegan pies, some gluten-free pies, and that stuff is all expensive. Last year I went through over 20 pounds of butter, and about 40 pounds of flour! This is no small affair!

Let’s be clear, I am a mere working stiff, working a day job, trying to build up my vanilla business, taking on additional odd writing jobs when I can. We are not wealthy, we are paycheck to paycheck, art sale to art sale, trinket sale to trinket sale, it’s not easy. If you have the means, or if you are so inclined, we would be most appreciative if you hit the GoFundMe link and threw in a couple bucks. We even have prizes on there to make it worth your while:

Thank you for your support!

Just Added: Chocolate Book Readings & Pie Demos and Pie and what the???!!!

Day 5 of The Nine Days Of Pie:

On November 5th, authors Angel York & Darin Wick of Chocolatology: Chocolate’s Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes, published by Microcosm Publishing, along with Amy Bugbee and the entire Nine Days Of Pie brood will celebrate all things chocolate!  It happens Sunday, November 5, 2pm at Afru Gallery 534 SE Oak St, PDX. In addition to readings and chocolate and vanilla talk, all of the pies this day will include chocolate, some will be vegan.

Come and here great lore and history of chocolate and vanilla while you enjoy slice(s) of various chocolate pies.

This is a free event, but buying a book is a good idea, and donating to the gallery is certainly appreciated!

Authors Angel York & Darin Wick will discuss all things chocolate and read from their BRAND NEW BOOK Chocolatology: Chocolate’s Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes, published by Microcosm Publishing. Amy Bugbee is featured in this book and may also discuss how she managed to get vanilla into a chocolate book!
In honor of Angel York & Darin Wick and their amazing new book ALL OF THE PIES ON DAY 5 will include chocolate, some will also be vegan!
DAY 5 – Sun. November 5 – 2pm Afru Gallery 534 SE Oak St, PDX

Also, our main facebook event page for Nine Days Of Pie 2017 edition is here:

If you want to pitch in for pie making stuff or tip the cook:

Presented by Triple XXX Vanilla

NEW! Nine Days Of Pie Art!

Nine Days Of Pie 2017 official art, by Tim Smith.

The Nine Days Of Pie is very nearly upon us, and this year promises to be like no other! Moving from hosting the holiday at our home in Astoria to instead be hosted at various locations all over Portland, will make this an amazing event!

The final venue schedule is coming soon!!!

Prepare for pie, pie, and more pie!

The facebook event page for Nine Days Of Pie 2017 edition is here:

If you want to pitch in for pie making stuff or tip the cook:

Presented by Triple XXX Vanilla


The Nine Days Of Pie Is Coming! This year it’s citywide!

The Nine Days Of Pie 2017 is going to be bigger & better than ever!

With all that is happening in the world today, common ground and peace over pie is needed like never before! This has led us to look beyond hosting folks in our home. This year, we are bringing the Nine Days Of Pie to all of Portland! Each night we will celebrate a different neighborhood, and invite people to get together and meet their neighbors over pie. Free pie, while supplies last.  

Look for the full list of host locations coming soon!

What is The Nine Days Of Pie?

The Nine Days Of Pie is a celebration of Pie and People, it’s about bringing community together and sharing pie. 

The Nine Days Of Pie began on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington, when recent transplants Shane and Amy Bugbee decided to celebrate Shane’s birthday by inviting anyone they knew, and people they didn’t know, over for pie for nine straight days, from November 1st to 9th.

The next year it moved with them over to Astoria Oregon where it grew bigger, and became a thing of legend. Amy made a minimum of three pies each day, and folks came from as close as next door, to hundreds of miles away. Many diverse minds, people from all walks of life, met and bonded over pie.

Now is the time for a peace-filled pie party. This year it’s Portland, soon the world!

Who is behind this Pie-stravaganza? 

Amy Bugbee has been official pie maker and hostess of The Nine Days Of Pie since the idea for the holiday was born. It was created to celebrate her pie-loving-husband Shane’s birthday, eliminate any sad feelings regarding established family holidays, and meet new people in a place where they knew almost no one.

Though not a baking novice, it also offered a great excuse to perfect her pie making. Amy Bugbee has a long history as a baker, she trained under James Beard’s favorite pastry chef, Nanci Main, she started her own vanilla business in 2009 called Triple XXX Vanilla, she published the ‘Vanilla 101′ cookbook in 2014, and famed cartoonist R. Crumb said, “Amy makes a fine cookie”.

Not just a culinary artiste, Amy Bugbee is, among other things, a writer, event promoter, and social media pioneer – she’s worked with Lemmy from Motorhead, she’s spoke at Harvard University, and had cookies with Anton LaVey!

No, this is no normal holiday, it’s better.

Come on down, enjoy some pie, meet your neighbors, and who knows, maybe we can figure out world peace while we’re at it!

More to come….

The facebook event page for Nine Days Of Pie 2017 edition is here:

If you want to pitch in for pie making stuff or tip the cook:

Presented by Triple XXX Vanilla