IT’S ALMOST TIME!!!

Can you believe it? It’s time for PIE!!!

The Nine Days Of Pie is a special holiday celebrating Shane’s Birthday and a love for pie. It is an open house of sorts too, our way to bring people together and as Shane says, “have great conversations and pie”.

As I look back to last year, I see that several recipes are still missing. I will work to resolve this as I locate a few cookbooks that appear to be hiding. This year I will make sure to be disciplined about posting the recipes right away, and even beforehand if I can.

As always we welcome and encourage satellite celebrations wherever you are – for one day or all of them – let us know. Let’s celebrate together from far away! Send or post pictures and I’ll share them.

This year we are planning a retrospective of favorites from the last FIVE years. Shane and I have gone through this entire blog all the way back to the very first post in 2010(?) and we each jotted down our favorites. Ironically, when I counted them up we both had Nine!!!

Also, as we’ve all begun to rot in our own special ways in this modern world, thanks to all of the pollution and toxins all around us, I will do my best to offer a raw, vegan, paleo, OR gluten free pie each day to accommodate special dietary requirements from guests. (Please RSVP the day(s) you are coming by if you have ANY dietary requirements. I want everyone to enjoy the celebration!)

I recall that during the very first year of the Nine Days Of Pie, all of the crusts were gluten free. In fact, I enjoyed trying the different flavored grains and nuts so much that I have incorporated some them into nearly all of my baking. This is a long study for me, and I have learned a lot about making pie from this annual celebration.

Shane and I are super excited about this year’s Nine Days of Pie, I have some exciting pies up my sleeve, and we can’t wait to see you!

  • RSVP Special Diets to me at: 365roadtrip@gmail.com.
  • If you are planning to stay the night in Astoria and plan to stay at a hotel, please check out this year’s FB Event Page for hotel info: https://www.facebook.com/events/777159249073170/

PRESS! For the Nine Days Of Pie?!?!?!

Our local paper saw fit to cover our homemade holiday: http://www.dailyastorian.com/ear/20141114/in-one-ear-nine-days-of-pie

A clip of the article, to read it all, just click the picture, or scroll below.

Nine Days of Pie

Astorian AMY BUGBEE has an unusual (and tasty) way of showing her love for her husband, SHANE BUGBEE, on his birthday every year: THE NINE DAYS OF PIE. Some pies and the couple, are pictured in photos courtesy of the Bugbees.

Even though she works full time, she make pies every day, for nine days — sometimes as many as four different kinds of pie in one day — and no recipe is repeated. Lucky friends stop over every evening to sample the day’s savory treats.

No recipe is too complicated or bizarre for Amy to tackle, and the recipes are from friends (who bring over their mothers’ and grandmothers’ recipes), or from ancient cookbooks Amy finds in thrift shops and at yard and rummage sales. She says some of the most interesting recipes are from cookbooks of family favorites compiled by church ladies.

The amount of butter and flour used over the nine days is Promethean, as yes, she makes all of the crusts from scratch each day. This year’s focus was on pies with vanilla as an ingredient, as she makes her own vanilla extract, TRIPLE XXX VANILLA (www.worldsgreatestvanilla.com). Better yet, aspiring pie-makers, Amy shares her recipes, photos and observations each year on her website, http://ninedaysofpie.com.

At Day 2 this year, “Shane just admitted he has eaten too much pie, and I am exhausted and I feel like I am melting,” Amy wrote. “But it is The Nine Days Of Pie, and that’s how it goes!”

And yes, they happily made it through the whole nine days, which ended Sunday, and now she’ll begin the process of collecting new recipes for next year’s fete. Anyone who has sampled her pies will be counting the days.

— Elleda Wilson

Day 9 of the Nine Days Of Pie – Happy Birthday Shane!!!

The Big Finish and Happy Birthday Shane!!!

Rats, just as I got my second wind and it’s over – Nine more days! Nine more days! - Another Nine Days Of Pie for the history books! And truly there could not have been a better end to this celebration.

First the pies:

Yes, FIVE pies! I know, how did it happen? Well, since I was able to re-add Bluebarb thanks to Cathy Nist aka The Rhubarb Fairy, and Shane had already requested the 1890 coconut and a cherry pie, so I had three sweet pies now planned. Then Shane, whose birthday it is, also said he wanted a redo the French Easter pie which he liked so much. Off to the store I went for more pork, and several other items.

The pies were rolling out in perfect procession, the cherry, the  bluebarb, then the savory sweet potato, then the French Easter Pie, and finally the coconut. All of the pies were out of the oven by 7pm which is a feat this year!

We had a splendid showing of guests as well. Shane’s Birthday Brother raymond joined us for a second night, also Rick from Astoria Coffee and Tea, the finest coffee and tea you’ll ever drink, and a surprise visit from Kathy Duffy my former co-worker at the Sou’Wester rounded out another perfect group of Pie and Shane celebrants! Even our neighbor Bill stopped by for more pie, this year attending three of our nights of pie.

Pies we ate and laughs we had, I think we all agreed the cherry was amazing, Shane gave it his Best in show stamp of approval and of course the coconut was perhaps the best it has ever been. The French Easter Pie was not as good as the first time, but I suppose I got cocky and made it too big so the meat was spread too thin. Oh well there is always next year. And next year will be year six, and time for a retrospective of favorites which will certainly include French Easter Pie.

Shane was so very pleased with the very interesting people that came by, he said it was the intelligentsia of the area and beyond. He reveled in the varied and riveting conversations, sharing information and swapping stories was great. And Dave Archer made sure to show everyone the beaver sac display Shane made for me, and we handed out our Beaver Riot papers for the vanilla company too. And everyone who came really came for pie and to be part of this celebration, which means so much!

Thank you to all of our wonderful guests and all of the great gifts offered forth to Shane. We don’t have family really, so this is a very special time for us. Shane received a great painting from Roger, a Nine Days Of Pie/Big Foot sketch and a Spike painted pumpkin from Jane, cool art making items from Dave and Brent, a jar of plastic and glass eyes from Raymond, a cool painted T-shirt from Reno Amy, a good book (and a journal for me!) from Heather and Tim,  a third of a bottle of vodka with aluminum foil as the cap from Dinah, Peerless pie tins from Rick, computer speakers, warm socks and slippers from me, and a stainless steel french press from Kniqui & Dianne who were with us in spirit.

We also received wonderful treats and libations from Jessamyn Grace, Cathy Nist, Kathy Duffy, Heather & Tim, Joanne Leech, Raymond, Dinah, and Dark Lady & DJ Kronos, Nik & Jesse, and Jake. Coffee & Tea provided by Rick and Astoria Coffee & Tea Co. Thank you all for being part of the Nine Days of Pie! If I missed anyone please forgive.

And, yes it’s true, I am still posting recipes. If there are any missing they will be up in the next few days. I will work on them as I come down from my pie high!

I think I have counted 34 pies this year. That’s a new record! Also, I used 10 pounds of butter, about 22 pounds of flour,  dozen eggs, 3 quarts of heavy cream, countless pounds of fruit, and a large array of spices.

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Day 8 of the Nine Days of Pie

It was Saturday, Day 8 of the Nine Days of Pie, and I was staring at a giant pile of rhubarb left by the Rhubarb Fairy aka Cathy Nist, it was really a bounty! It occurred to me there was a rhubarb pie I had longed to make but never seemed to have enough rhubarb to do so.

The Nauvoo Rhubarb Pie, which has quite a history became a reality, a wonderful, delightful delicious reality, and all of those present agreed in community – just like the Icarians it commemorates! (Learn more about it on the recipe)

Tonight’s pies:

Jane Herrold came by today, and she is the only person outside of Shane and I to try the coveted Taos Chocolate Pie. We had to have one witness to its greatness! Hard to believe we took it down like that even with so many pies already in our bellies – a testament to it’s greatness! 

Another knock at the door brought us a great surprise Raymond Shane’s Birthday Brother! We met Raymond a few years back during the Nine Days Of Pie, he came along with Dark Lady and he and Shane soon realized they shared the same birthday – the exact same, year and all!  When we did not hear from him this year we were very concerned, but surprise there he was – and looking so different hair short, 50 pounds lighter, but with the weariness of someone dealing with a sick father. Of course he was at the right place, both Jane and I took care of our fathers, so there was a melancholy camaraderie in the kitchen.

Of course the Bacon and Goat Cheese Tarts made us forget all that for a while at least! They were amazing little disks of joy!

Jane headed out worn out from eating pie, but not long after, a knock at the door brought us Cathy Nist, now with a giant mushroom in hand – a King Bolete! Do I dare put that in a pie???? (We saved it for after the Nine Days of Pie). Cathy knew an impressive amount of Nauvoo history – Joseph Smith founder of the Mormon faith was murdered there! So it made our rhubarb pie that much more interesting!

Shortly after came another knock which brought us Gregg Skloff who does a great radio show on our community station, KMUN. His show is a soundscape of music and noise – And Otherness which is its apt name. We have long listened to his show, but I have never met him before so it was great to get to know him a bit.

Gregg and Raymond headed out after a while, and then the amazing Dinah came by. There we were, Cathy, Dinah, and I – Three Hipfishers together in one place all celebrating Shane’s Birthday and Pie! Crazy! …. One more day left!

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Day 7 of the Nine Days Of Pie

Pie list:

Day 6 was so great, it was a fitting end to Dave and Brent’s visit. I was sad to see them go but I understood, Brent had work awaiting his return and Dave awoke on Friday morning feeling very sick (I can’t imagine why?).

Of course we had to send them off in style, so I awoke at 6:30 am and put the Shaker Lemon Pie together. I wanted to make this for Dave’s final night since he loves lemon so much, but the recipe said the lemons had to sit in the sugar for 24 hours at least, so it became the bon voyage pie of Friday morning. I got it into the oven, and Shane contacted our friend Jane. She lives in Astoria and is a talented, multi-faceted artist, and a great local eccentric, we always felt Jane and Dave would really hit it off if their paths crossed, and boy did they!

As far as Dave’s Scruffy and Jane’s new pal Spike, that was a little slower going, with Scruffy demanding that Spike submit. But they finally relaxed and all was fine.

At first Dave said he was too ill for pie, but the lemon wafting through the house made his taste buds decide otherwise. Soon lively conversation, strong coffee and decadent lemon pie (those darn Shakers really know how to live!) eased Dave’s terrible heartburn and we were off to the races! Dave and Jane talked art and shared stories, I demanded he tell her the one legged lizards story which is a true story from Dave’s childhood but sounds like something Beverly Cleary & Stephen King collaborated on. Within a couple hours the two had a graphic novel planned!

Alas, too soon it was time for everyone to go, it is quite a trek to Roseburg and with daylight savings time, it is dark very early now. Dave, Brent and Scruffy departed, and Jane and Spike also had to go, and I headed off to work. Leaving Shane a mountain of dishes and some quiet time.

When evening came I got right to work on pie making. I was hitting my stride again. First I made the savory, a tart of corn masa with goat and ricotta cheese. I followed the instructions on baking the masa crust, but in the end it was not done enough, was too thick, and was like eating grain. Not so hot. I don’t blame the recipe so much as either my interpretation and perhaps the heart shaped tart pan was not large enough. Next came a Sweet potato and pecan pie from the same cookbook the Lemon Cornmeal came from, it wasn’t bad but there was something odd about about crunchy things in a sweet potato pie. The final pie of the evening made the previous two disappear in my memory banks, this pie – Taos Chocolate Pie made all other chocolate pies pale in comparison. Sure the chocolate almond of the night before was grand, but this one – the three bowl bonanza of chocolate was incredible. it was supposed to chill overnight, and I kept requiring tastes which mean less and less would find it’s way into the pie.

By the time the Taos Chocolate hit the fridge both of the others were out of the oven. Shane and I tried the tart, which I hated, then the yam and pecan, which was okay. I decided to take a short nap on the sofa, I figured I’d get a few winks in before any knocks on the door. When I awoke sun was creeping through the blinds! I’d slept all night!  Shane was asleep in the recliner across from me. The first thing I thought of was the chocolate pie! As I ran to the refrigerator and yanked the pie out – already missing several slices – my second thought was that no one came by on the 7th day of pie, at least not since the morning. I think there is a bible quote about resting on the seventh day, perhaps it’s author was talking about the Nine Days of Pie! 

I pondered the thought as I made coffee and ate chocolate pie like a ravenous beast!

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Day 6 of the Nine Days of Pie

What a day! Admittedly I was not looking forward to tonight, I was feeling pretty rough, so many pies, so many early days and late nights, coffee wasn’t helping, BUT THEN the pies began rolling out and guests arrived and I was reinvigorated!!!

The first pie of the night was a savory pie called French Easter Pie with ground pork and hard boiled eggs. The second pie was Chocolate and Almond. Both pies were gone in moments. The final pie was ginger peach, which some of our guests left before it was ready for eating, and then in a burst of mania I whipped up a crustless cranberry pie, which I have not yet tried but doesn’t look very good.

Our guests were varied and unique, this is Dave and Brent’s last night with us, so we wanted to make sure it was special and it was! The first knock brought us Nik & Jessie, our former neighbors and dear friends. They are a great young couple and we have known since before they were even dating, Shane married them more than a year ago. This year they came bearing a giant plate of Apple Pie Wontons with a Salted Caramel Drizzle on top. Amazing!!! They have the distinction of being the only people aside from Shane and I to attend all 5 years of the Nine Days of Pie!

Next came Roger Hayes and Cathy Nist.  Roger is a great artist who will probably not be properly appreciated until his death, Cathy Nist is a fellow Hipfish writer and she became the Rhubarb Fairy later in the night when I was lamenting having to remove blueberry rhubarb pie from my plans because I could not find rhubarb, she announced she was growing some in the community garden down the street and returned some minutes later with a basketful!

Not long after, Roger’s beautiful wife Sally arrived just in time for the last slice of French Easter Pie. Sally is also an amazing artist, if you have spent any time in Astoria you’ve likely seen her work.

Another knock on the door brought us the one and only Dave Densmore with his lady love Renee. They stayed only for a quick slice and to visit with Dave Archer.

It was a great night! Finally though my eyes began to glaze it it was time for sleep and dreams of pie…

Pies Today:

 

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Day 5 of the Nine Days of Pie

I know that I have totally slacked on the recipes, I am not sure what is going on with me, but I assure you I will catch up, hopefully today. Last night, was another perfect Nine Days of Pie evening. Shane, Dave, Brent and I welcomed Geno & Joanne Leech, two of the most interesting people around. Geno is a poet, an amazing poet we first encountered at the Fisher Poets Gathering and were completely riveted by. He was like the Jim Morrison of the event, Geno’s wife Joanne – Married 37 years!!! – is a restaurateur, an accordion player, an author of a children’s book, and so much more! They are also just the loveliest people. We got to spend some time with them a few months back  when Shane’s old pal Matt Dwyer was here in town and looking for local icons to interview for his podcast.

It was a perfect living room number of people – 6 including me. Though I was actually in the kitchen most of the time.

The pies tonight were Impossible Finnish Pie aka Pannukkaku, which was similar to a Dutch baby pancake, a cranberry, raspberry, strawberry pie which is still sitting on the table uncut, and most exciting of all Cracker Enchilada Pie, which is another recipe from Dave Archer’s childhood, which he said he hated as a kid because the crackers always turned black and it was gross. When I shopped for the ingredients, I began to understand why he was so disturbed by this pie – olives, creamed corn, soda crackers – he said he and his brother always wished their mother would make it with tortilla shells instead and so that is what I did. He told me all the things he hated about it and I tried to fix them – doubled meat & cheese, used tortilla shells, cut the excessive 1 cup olives in half, and the verdict???

It is gone, completely gone, and Dave said the recipe was redeemed. I will post both versions so pie makers can choose the original or the revised.

Pies Today:

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Day 4 of the Nine Days of Pie

In years past this is usually the time I begin to hit my stride. This year I feel like I started good but my stamina is just not there. I am concerned, but with a 9 day party party how much can one worry about things???? (Don’t ask).

Tonight I made the pie that we lured Dave Archer here with the Tourte a la Perigourdine (French Chicken Pot Pie) http://ninedaysofpie.com/?p=221, ironically the recipe comes from a book called “Great Meals In Minutes”. While I admit they are great meals, for this recipe at least, “minutes” mean triple digit! And, I promised to make two of these pies! The pie contains chicken, chicken livers, mushrooms, Madera wine, and a parsley crust. I really should have called it a night after this one, but I pressed on toward the first epic fail of the year.

Ah the epic fail, no Nine Days of Pie is complete with at least one epic fail pie. My frustration this year comes at the insane cost of the pie that I screwed up. Not only did I over roast the initial hazelnuts and pecans, and had to start over (no cheap error there) I then forgot the most important part of any nut pie – aside from the nuts – is the eggs. How could this happen? Too much going on I guess.

I also messed up the recipe for Scandi Apple Pie, but the pies turned out fine as a semi-standard apple pie. I will remake this one later, as I still have apples.

Now on to the guests and the evenings festivities! What an evening, of course we have the wonderful and amazing Dave Archer visiting with his protege Brent and Scruffy, and yesterday we had a stream of visitor none of whom crossed paths – It started with our landlord Charlie, one of the greatest men to walk the earth! Then, Jake Reier, we met Jake when he painted our house, and have remained friends ever since! Then the beautiful and brilliant Jessamyn Grace stopped in. I always appreciate guests who are willing to sit down and try a handful of pies, really taking in the purpose of the celebration, and she was all that and more!

What a wonderful array of human beings! Shane had a great time visiting with each of our guests, which is the point of the pie party in the first place.

Now to slip the pecan pie into the trash can before anyone notices it is missing….

Today’s Pies:

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Day 3 of the Nine Days of Pie

I have had so much pie today I can barely move my fingers across the keyboard to write this. I arrived home at 5:30 pm, and had pies in the oven by 6:15, but I was prepared with the Angel Cream Pie I made last night, which remained untouched until my return and there was a good portion of the Apple Pomegranate left too (and still is).

I was greeted at the door by a very excited Scruffy, barking and jumping, jumping and barking with joy! It was a delightful feeling I have not had in a long time. Our dearly departed Cheyenne absolutely LOVED the Nine Days of Pie, there is a photo of her using her pie plate at a pillow awaiting the next slice.

Scruffy is our great friend Dave Archer’s furson, and it is always a delight to see them both. Also with Dave is his protege Brent, a quiet young man who is gaining an education in art that degree holders would kill for. They drove up from Roseburg Oregon for the festivities, having attended once before in 2012.

Our other visitors today were Amy, Elleda and Bruce. Three of our favorite people! Elleda and Bruce live here in Astoria, and Amy is Elleda’s cousin who visits her every year all the way from Reno. We hit it off with the trio from the start and we can usually count on at least one visit from them during the Nine Days of Pie.

Amy joined us early in the afternoon for lunch too, which is where my pie making began today. I picked Amy up just after 1 pm, and then I made a pizza on a cool round pizza pan I have been wanting to use since we acquired it for a fella who passed away. So I rolled out an extra ball of crust I had and added Marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni from Applegate farms, one of those 4 cheese blends and some bonus mozzarella. Pretty straightforward, and after a short amount of time, a very good pizza.

Pizza pie. Gone-o. #ninedaysofpie #pizzapie #lunchtime

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I bid Amy and Shane farewell and off I went until the aforementioned Scruffy greeting. We had a few random slices which Dave got to try, and then I pulled out the Angel Cream I made last night. In 15 minutes the entire pie was gone! Everyone said it was very good. Bruce, Elleda and Amy headed out and I continued with the pies, next came Dave Archer’s mother’s recipe for Pear & Coconut crisp, which Dave said brought back many memories. Then came a peculiar but delicious savory called Bacon and Cheese Puff Pie, and finally I whipped up 2 peach & blackberry pies. The blackberries are picked from the plants on our back deck, so I was excited to use them.

 

That is a lot of pie…. I will have to add the recipes in the morning, I am too beat to do it now, but I must leave this blog. Pictures will be added tomorrow too.

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Pies today:

Bonus Pie Story!

Today we received a “Pie story” from our dear friend Heart Warrior. I thought as a bonus I would share it. Thank you Heart Warrior!

Heart Warrior is one of the most amazing people on Earth today, she is an artist, an activist, and an author. She raised her son Sunrise in the middle of the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and ran for governor in that state. She is a widely respected and feared individual. She was the first Native American to graduate from Univ. of Minnesota, and the first to run for governor. It is an honor to call her a friend. 

Here is her website: http://heartwarriorcreations.com/books.htm

“OK I got a pie story….one Halloween in Mpls near the Indian center on Franklin ave. we had a fun time. Sunrise was about 3 and he was dressed as a vampire and I was a witch. I had a bon fire in the back and down in the basement we had a huge pot withapples floating in water. The kids had to bob for apples before they roasted weenies at the bonfire and they got a slice of home made pumpkin pie. Later that night after the kids left an Indian couple came down the alley. I enticed them to the bon fire with my witch cackles. They were hesitant but came. I fed them pie. I cackled and said I used sorghum as a sweetener and they said it tasted good…then I roared with laughter and said ‘Yeah , now you’ll get pie o rea!!!’ They were not sure if they should believe me or not..lol.”

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Day 2 of The Nine Days of Pie

It’s after 9pm on Sunday Night, I have made 4 pies today. We had 4 fabulous guests, two at a time, and of course it is not 11 pm yet so there could still be a knock at the door. Shane just admitted he has eaten too much pie and I am exhausted and I feel like I am melting. But it is The Nine Days Of Pie, and that’s how it goes!

I realized I did not discuss the pies I made yesterday. All were good, but could use some work. The lemon filling was a little too done. I thought the Raspberry was too tart. The Kale pie was very good, but next time I would double the cheese and the triple the sausage. I’ll be sure to add notes to the recipes.

We have tried 3 of the 4 pies I made tonight. One needs to chill for tomorrow, it’s called Angel Pie, it’s from a cookbook I inherited from my father.  More on that one tomorrow.

Tonights pies were odd, I made ‘Savory Cottage Cheese pie’ it is one of Dave Archer’s mothers recipes, he let me go through her recipe box when we visited him  a couple months ago. I will post the photo of the recipe with the recipe. It was very good and we served it with a dollop of sour cream.

For sweet pies I made a strawberry balsamic, but it did not turn out it was very watery and yet the strawberries seemed very overcooked. Bummer.

Also I made and Apple Pomegranate pie with vanilla and toasted walnuts. I thought the walnuts would make the pomegranate seeds seem less weird in the texture.

Our guests tonight were Dark Lady & DJ Kronos all the way from Portland in the rain! They are getting married soon which is really cool since The Nine Day Of Pie was their first date two years back! We have known Dark Lady for some years now, she is well known in the Portland underground and always a great conversation. They headed out early to have a romantic evening at a beach resort.

Shortly after their departure Neighbor Bill came by with his wonderful daughter Emily who is always a treat to see, and she has gotten much braver in her willingness to try different pies!

Shane is asleep in his recliner, and I am glad to be sitting down relaxing, as I look to my said I have two cups of coffee and a glass of water next to me. There is a stack of dishes in the sink even though I tried to do them as I baked.

Tomorrow is another day, and I have some exciting plans…..

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Pies Today:

DAY 1 of the Nine Days Of Pie – Would Diogenes approve?

 

Day 1 of the Nine Days of Pie was an amazing start with great guests and good pie!

Today’s pies included Louisana Lemon Cornmeal, Raspberry Apple, and for the savory a Kale Chard and ricotta pie in a rectangular shape.

Our guests came from near and far, two of our favorite people in the world Tim and Heather came from Portland for pie, and brought cheeses and chips and wine and a book for Shane and a journal for me! Hurray!

Our neighbor Bill stopped by, and our great friend Rick the master coffee roaster of Astoria joined us as well – with coffee and tea in tow!

The conversation was amazing as Tim and Heather are both philosophers, he is a philosophy professor even, and Rick is an elder and a philosopher. Neighbor Bill is well read, and so it was delight of thoughts and stories, even talk of Diogenes!

Rick brought us great pie tins from Peerless pie, and from Tim & Heather Shane received “An Underground Education” by Richard Zacks.

After a night of no sleep, I was pretty much done and coupled not even focus my eyes to write this blog. I

A big THANK YOU to everyone who visited and made Day 1 so memorable!

Day 1 Pies:

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And so it begins … Nine Days of Pie 2014!!!

It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the last Nine Days of Pie!

Where does the time go? This year it’s going to be a real caper to see how we pull it off, as we have WAY TOO MANY projects going on, but these are the things that keep life exciting! Last year you may or may not have been aware but there was a major concern and a big countdown to see if Shane would even make it home from a long trip in time for the start of the festivities! (He made it home at 9 pm on Halloween!)

This year, it’s VANILLA that has our concentration as we (Triple XXX Vanilla) have signed up to do ‘America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar’ (http://expochristmasbazaar.com/) in Portland, we are in over our heads with production right now – and up until the moment I begin to roll out pie crusts we will be bottling, stamping and bagging!

On that note, this years Nine Days of Pie is brought to you by Triple XXX Vanilla (http://www.worldsgreatestvanilla.com/). If you get a chance please take a look over at the Vanilla website to see if anything might strike your fancy. We just published a great informational newspaper about vanilla called The Vanilla Times, and we are launching our BEAVER RIOT campaign with the North Coast Land Conservancy who is doing really good work for beaver habitat restoration.

Never fret, no matter how busy I am, I always have time for pie recipes, and I have been collecting them all year. Look for few to zero repeats of previous pies from years past. It’s all new, and believe me when I say I am ready to roll! I am trying to start a bit earlier this year, so on the weekends folks can come by around 5 pm, and on weeknights I am shooting for 6pm. We will see how that goes.

As always daily blogs and recipes will be posted here. If you can’t make it to Astoria, feel free to make pies and share your own pie adventures with us, you can email or post on the Shane & Amy Bugbee Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/shaneandamy?ref=bookmarks) too.

Happy Nine Days Of Pie to All, and to all a good slice!!! (or three).

 

 

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Day 9 – Nov. 9, 2013

The Nine Days of Pie Grand Finale! 

It is hard to believe it’s all over, another Nine Days of Pie has come and gone.

Sure, there’s still pie in the fridge, and I even have an unused ball of crust on the counter, but the festivities have officially ended. No more mad race to make pies, no more piles of cookbooks and crazed page flipping, imagining pie after pie after pie, no more random knocks at the door.

Jane put it best yesterday when she said, “You just never know who is going to be here, it’s been really interesting!” Indeed it has. Indeed it has.

Just a few dishes left to wash now.

Shane is napping loudly from the recliner on the day after his birthday.  He said this year has been a perfect celebration for him – great company, lots of pies, and no drama.

Yesterday was perfect from start to finish, Our landlord and friend Charlie came over and joined us for some early pie and talk which is always a pleasure. He went absolutely crazy over the Sour Cream Raisin pie, with a second and maybe a third slice, and took one home for his wife – along with four or five other slices to sample. He said the Sour Cream Raisin reminded him of a Scandinavian Pie made with rice.

Cowboy!

Our friend Jane came by with Cowboy at 4:20, she brought me a beautiful little painting on it’s own mini easel that said PIE. It is proudly displayed in the cabinet above the the kitchen sink. She gave Shane one for his birthday that said SATAN. They are really cute old style tattoo type designs. I love them!

While Jane enjoyed some pumpkin and raisin pie, it was time for me to make the doughnuts… er, I mean Pie.

Pie painting

Then the pie making began, the first one was Cherry Raspberry which was so fragrant it almost smelled fake.  Then the complicated and crazy Roast Beef Pie, which began the night before with a roast in a crock pot, and was finished some here around 8 pm, making it even more troublesome than last year’s French Chicken Pot Pie. Then came possibly the strangest pie of the year, Salted Rose and Honey Pie.

Another knock upon the door brought Steve and Alan who visited us previously this holiday and we were so glad to see return. They too came baring gifts, an awesome new apron for me – with a brick print and a chorus of “She’s a brick house”. I was sure glad to have a new apron, as the two I have are in desperate need of a washing after Nine Days of Pie!  Shane was given one of Alan’s beautiful handmade dolls, it has a skeleton face and a beautiful cape.

Shane's new protector.

Cowboy was sure excited too, bowls of cheese and roast beef, and then Alan and Steve rubbing him like only the greatest spas of the world would offer, he was fast asleep on the sofa between them.

Jane enjoyed the cherry and the beef pie, but was all pied out by the time the rose honey was ready, so we moved into the kitchen where Shane, Stephen and Alan and I critiqued the weirdness of the pie, and discussed matters of the world and pie until high on pie and ready for sleep we called it a night.

It was a wonderful evening, and a perfect end to the greatest holiday ever!

I can’t believe it, but I am a bit melancholy about it being over, as I sit here typing and eating some remnants of the festivities.

Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed pie with us, we really enjoyed everyone’s company so much, and we appreciate your participation!  A special thank you to everyone who brought offerings and gifts – We feel so lucky to know such warm and wonderful and talented people!

To Pie and Friendship and the amazing Shane’s birthday! It is my pleasure to make pies to honor Shane for his birthday forever!

Until next year,

Amy

Stephen and Alan could make millions with a doggie spa!

 

Happy Birthday Shane!

Shane on his recliner in a pie induced nap.

Another Nine Days of Pie reaches it’s grand finale tonight, celebrating the birth of Shane. It has been a nice mellow Nine Days of Pie, (at least for Shane anyway).

Today we start the festivities at 4:20 and go until we pass out or run out of pie and booze. Let’s see how many pies I can make in a day, as there are many that were on my list that got pushed back for one reason or another.

Pie, Pie and more pie today, and tonight.

Come by to give Shane a nice birthday greeting and share a slice of pie, or as we call it, a triangle of love! (we don’t really call it that, I am just drunk of pie).

Day 8 – November 8th, 2013

Shane, Amy and Jane pie it up at lunch.

Today was a massive day of pie, I came home for lunch to join Shane and Amy who is visiting family from Reno, and Jane and Cowboy. Cowboy even wore a new sweater. It was a blast of a lunch, and when I came home from work, I visited with Amy some more and then with Bruce and Elleda who came to visit and pick Amy up.  Elleda doesn’t do pie, so she drank beer, but Bruce enjoyed some of the Old World Apple. It is always a pleasure to see them! Elleda brought Shane a great matted photograph of a graveyard with a ‘Dead End’ sign, so cool! They seemed amused watching me frantically make pie before they left.

Jane and Cowboy enjoy pie.

It would seem we are on a Greek theme, maybe we are, but it was not intentional. Tonight I made Greek Chicken Pie, but I deviated quite a bit from the recipe. It turned out darn good except for bubbling all over the stove and creating a ton of smoke. It was literally billowing out the back door!

“The Family Circle Encyclopedia of Cooking” has been used quite a bit this year, but coming in at 799 pages, it is jam packed with great recipes.

I also made a Pumpkin Pie, the first ever for a Nine Days of Pie as Shane is not a fan in the least. But I felt certain I could make a Pumpkin Pie he would accept, so I grilled the pumpkin, and added buttermilk to the recipe, I think it turned out pretty good, though maybe a little too heavy on the spice.

Bruce eats pie while Elleda and Amy enjoy some Bud Light.

I also made a pie I have been dying to try every day this Nine Days of Pie – Sour Cream Raisin.  I know what you are thinking, that sounds gross, but I found the recipe online and it was raved about, and then saw similar recipes in at least a dozen of the cookbooks I was searching for recipes, for it to be in so many different cookbooks, I knew it had to be good.

Our guests tonight drove all the way from Portland for pie, Verna, who has visited us before and Shane has visited in Portland came and brought her friend William. It was nice to have them over and they brought Shane black rum and a nice bottle of wine. That means Shane has been gifted Black Vodka (from Alan and Stephen) and Black Rum from Verna and William.  Hmm, an interesting coincidence.

Verna and William, and the slicing of the pie.

It was a pleasure to talk with the two of them, and they are serious foodies, so it was nice to talk serious food for a few hours. They tried an array of pies, and finished off with the Greek Chicken. They refused to try the Pumpkin as they said they were too full, and watched in utter disgust as the Raisin Pie came together.

Another wonderful day, in the Nine Days of Pie. All of the diverse people and conversations are always so interesting when we look back after the celebration is over.

 

 

I also came up with a new song, to the tune of the classic “Rawhide”.

“Rollin’ rollin’, rollin’,

Get those pies a rollin,

Rollin’ rollin’, rollin’,

Pie time!”

 

Day 7 – Nov. 7, 2013

Carol is excited about her take home pie!

I have finally hit my pie stride, it’s that point of automatic pie creation when they just seem to appear.

The phyllo dough finally thawed, so today was finally the spinach pie I have been planning to make for several days. it turned out really well, especially for my first foray into phyllo style pies. I should also mention, I really have been enjoying the stories that go along with the recipes in the “Southern Heritage Cookbook” series.

I was reading some of the stories in the cookbook to Shane over pie, and we are now planning our Greek New Year’s feast!  I got these books from a nice lady in Astoria who was moving away. I wished I’d gotten all of her cookbooks but it was a tumultuous time and I never got back over. I feel like a heal for that, I’d wanted to bring her cookies and stuff as a thank you. I send a thank you and an apology into the universe for her now.

The first pie out of the oven was Old World Apple, which I saw in other cookbooks called Apple Sour Cream, it has a crumbly top like the Dutch Apple, but the Sour Cream offers a richness that was amazing.

Also in the mix was an all strawberry pie, which investigation says I have not made previously during the Nine Days of Pie. We are very lucky to live in a place that rarely goes over 70 degrees even in the Summer, so while the berries are at their peak of ripeness I am still able to turn on the oven and cook a pie, not too many places in America can boast such a thing in July. In November however, berries usually are not looking so hot, and frozen is no fun in a pie, so I have shied away from too many berry pies this Nine Days of Pie. All that is about to change.

We thought it might be just Shane and I tonight again, and we were having a fun time reading about celebrations of other cultures that have found a home in the Southern part of America and have adapted their traditional celebrations to incorporate the bounty of the South, when the front door opened and a voice asked “Am I too late for pie?”

We were excited to be greeted by Carol Newman, local icon and hardcore social justice activist. She is such a great lady, we met her when we first came to this part of the country, as she was a dear friend of Len and Miriam who owned the Historic Sou’Wester Lodge, which was where our RV landed back in 2008.

Carol told us about her recent trip to Ireland, it sounded so wonderful!  She is always up to something, and she is from New York originally so her tone and straightforward character is a pleasure for us. We almost never get to spend any one on one time with her, so it was great to have her all to ourselves for a couple hours. She was thrilled to come on Spinach Pie night, and I was too, as Carol does not eat meat.  When she left we sent her off with a plate of pie slices to bring the holiday home with her.

Another perfect day in the Nine Days of Pie!

Carol and the table of Pie Doom!

Day 6 – Nov. 6, 2013

Jessica, Jessie, Nik and Shane around the table. It was Pie tapas!

Day 6 has come and gone, only three more days left of our fabulous pie holiday, The Nine Days Of Pie. Tonight was a bit free form as all but one of my planned pies were tossed aside for time or the philo dough still being frozen. That just makes day 7, 8, and 9 that much more exciting.

Word has come down from the big guy that it is time to give creamy and custardy pies a rest, though I still want to try a chiffon pie of some sort, just to say I did it.

Last night’s celebration included a visit from some of our favorite people in the whole world, Nik and Jessie, our former neighbors (Who presented us with a best neighbors in the world certificate when we moved) and their friend Jessica, she has long been a friend of the pair, and we lover her spunk and humor.

Nik and Jessie have experienced every single Nine Days of Pie, as I think about it, they are the only people aside from Shane and I to be able to state such an accomplishment, and for their hard work and patience last night they, with Jessica became the only people to be able to sit down and try 8, yes EIGHT different pies!! Not even I can say that! Of course they shared a slice of all but the three produced for Day 6, for which we all had a slice.

The pies tonight were De Luxe Peanut, like pecan but with peanuts, Swiss Cheese Pie, which actually had Swiss cheese in it so it was completely different from the Swiss Cheese Pie of earlier in the holiday, and the final pie was tossed together with some hates, and just to keep my count at three a day, as they were all pounding their forks on the table clamoring for it. The last pie was Coconut Maple.

The lack of fruity pies has been brought to my attention, and will be rectified shortly. Next year The Nine Days of Pie will be a Pie retrospective, so it is exciting to see which ones make the cut. And, yes,  I am already looking forward to next year, even though this is all a lot of work, and my stomach is rumbling for me to stop without he oh so good butter crust.

Onward to Day 7!

Piepocalypse!

Day 5, Nov. 5 2013

Last night was a breather as it turned out to be just Shane and I and our wealth of pie. Perhaps folks got wind of the pie list for tonight as it was a doozy!

The savory pie was Scotch Sausage Pie, the recipe appears to be of the traditional 1950s variety. It was good, and it was cooked in my father’s terra cotta pot, per the instructions so just maybe we had a visitor for pie after all.

The sweet pies were Apple Date in a double crust, which was a really unusual take on an apple pie, and I used five different kinds of apples in it.

Also I finally got a make a chess pie which is something I have always been terribly curious about. If pie disappearance is an indication of taste then the Old Talbott Tavern Chess Pie was the Winner.

Shane and I enjoyed a quiet night, and got some much needed rest.  Plus anyone who comes by on Wednesday will have a veritable menagerie of pie!

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This also gives me a chance to post some of the lovely gifts we have received this Nine Days Of Pie:

Day 4, Nov. 4, 2013

DAY 4!  We are at at the halfway mark! Almost.

No it isn’t your imagination, the kitchen is trashed!

Tonights pies took a left turn when I actually read the preparation of the asparagus pie recipes I had marked, while the ingredients sounded fine, the process seemed very unpleasant, so I opted for making up something as I went along. Luckily, I wrote down all the stuff I tossed in. The other pies, Plum and a Crispy Coconut and Chocolate came together, the last offered some trouble, as I am not an expert in coconut, but it seemed to work out for the most part.

Our guests were Madeline, who came last year on the day that 17 people were crammed in our living room, so we barely got to chat. It was nice to have some one on one time with her tonight.

Then just as the pies were coming out of the oven a knock on the door brought us Nancy  and her son Jacob. I love kids that love pie, as so many are too finicky to be much fun. Jacob is a pleasure in that he is willing to give them all a try.

Nancy brought us beautiful carrots and homemake crescent rolls which were perfect with the asparagus pie.

 

Another perfect night of people and pie!