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
  • (SPECIAL 9 DAYS OF PIE/XXXVANILLA DOUGHNUT FOR SALE ALL NINE DAYS!!)

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
  • (PIE FIGHT IN FRONT OF THEATER – PIE & PIE SHORT FILMS INSIDE! JOIN IN!)
  • 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/178454886050863/

If you want to pitch in for pie making stuff or tip the cook: https://www.gofundme.com/the-nine-day-of-pie

Presented by Triple XXX Vanilla http://www.worldsgreatestvanilla.com/

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: https://www.gofundme.com/the-nine-day-of-pie

Thank you for your support!

Bobotie – A South African Meat Pie

From the link in which this recipe came: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Bobotie-South-African-Meat-Pie 

I almost feel uncomfortable describing bobotie as a type of meat loaf, because it’s so much more than that. A Cape Town specialty and one of South Africa’s best-known dishes, it generally consists of spiced meat—normally beef, sometimes lamb—mixed with chutney and tamarind paste and milk-soaked bread, poured into a dish, topped with a custard of egg and milk, and baked until it’s golden on top. The dish’s origins go back to the mid-17th century, when the first Malay slaves were brought to the Cape of Good Hope, and with them, their cooking. At the same time Dutch colonizers brought a taste for sweet things—hence the golden raisins mixed in with the meat; Indian immigrants, who began arriving in the late 19th century, contributed warming curry spices, giving rise to the classically Cape Malay balancing act between sour, spicy, sweet, and savory flavors that makes bobotie so satisfying. Often almonds are part of the recipe, and even bananas, but there are limits to what you can do and still call it bobotie. I believe the traditional way is the best way. —Reuben Riffel, chef-owner of the Reuben’s restaurants in South Africa

  • 2 oz. Asian tamarind paste
  • 2 slices square white sandwich bread
  • 12 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 lb. ground lamb shoulder (I used ground lamb)
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 14 cup sliced almonds (I omitted this)
  • 3 tbsp. golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Break tamarind paste into small pieces and place in a small bowl; cover with 12 cup boiling water, and let sit until soft, about 30 minutes. Massage and stir paste and water together with your fingers until paste dissolves; pour through a fine strainer into a bowl, and set tamarind juice aside. Meanwhile, tear bread into small pieces and place in a small bowl; cover with 14 cup milk and let sit until bread soaks up milk; set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat; add lamb, and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned all over and all moisture evaporates, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, and set aside. Return skillet to heat along with butter, and add onions and garlic; cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder and sugar, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes; transfer to bowl with lamb along with reserved tamarind juice, soaked bread, 3 tbsp. almonds, raisins, lemon juice and zest, and 1 egg. Season with salt and pepper, and mix until evenly combined. Transfer to a 9″ deep-dish pie plate, and spread evenly over the bottom.

Heat oven to 375°. Whisk together remaining milk and egg in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper, and pour over meat mixture in dish. Bake until custard is set on top, golden brown, and meat mixture is heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining almonds; let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Patronize the Pie if recipes ye shall try!

With seven years worth of recipes on this website, it is a pretty epic resource for pie. I have made pies from old out-of-print cookbooks, peculiar small run cookbooks – Such as one from an airline’s staff, and oddities I have created myself, plus of course pies from the far corners of the internet! There’s a lot of pies here, with me baking more than 30  each year for the last few years, and five years of nearly zero repeats, the collection is vast.

If you enjoy the pies on this blog, or if you enjoy following along with the celebration, or if you want to support this wacky, self-funded art project, perhaps you’ll want to become a Patron Of Pie! Or a Patron Of Shane and Amy! If so, why not sign up for Patreon?

As you can see, there are no ads poking at you from the sidebar, no pop-ups, nothing of the sort! This is pure, ad-free, information!

Patreon allows anyone to support us with a one-time donation, or a regular monthly boost, and it can be as little at $2. It’s a pretty amazing service for us creatives, and we thank you sincerely and with great gratitude if you do. Simply click the link: https://www.patreon.com/creativeclass

The countdown the Pie has begun, a cartful of groceries purchased, and housecleaning is commencing. See you soon for pie!

Raspberry Pie

I chose to make an all raspberry pie because no one ever makes them, they always get mixed with other berries or fruit. This is a decadent, fragrant, and delicious pie!
  • 1 recipe for Double pie crust recipe
  • 24 oz raspberries
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 T. butter

Directions:

Make pie crust, line pan with crust. Prepare top crust as full cover or lattice crust.

In a large bowl pour in raspberries and sprinkle with lemon juice and vanilla.

In a bowl, combine sugar, corn starch and cinnamon. Pour over berries and gently toss to combine.

Pour berries into crust, top with butter cut into tiny pieces.

Cover with top crust, if using full crust be sure to cut vents in top, or weave up a lattice crust.

Bake in 375 oven for 30 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 and bake an additional 20-30 minutes, or until crust is golden and pie is bubbling.

Cool for an hour or two before serving if possible.

Day 8: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

Day 8 Pies:

  • Chicken Spinach Pie
  • Raspberry Pie
  • Blueberry & Blackberry Paleo Pie (not very good)
  • Pumpkin & Cranberry (brought by Angela)

Sunday came much too quickly, but here it was Day 8! Over the years, most Nine Days Of Pie celebrations include two weekends, but not this year and that has made it rather challenging for me. I had planned to make the Aussie Humble Pie, but it when I read the recipe and saw it took 4.5 hours (Humble? Not so much.) I kept putting it off for the weekend, but now that I read the recipe yet again and more thoroughly, the filling actually needs to sit in the fridge overnight, ugh! SO Chicken Spinach Pie it is..

Our first guest of the evening was a great and total surprise, the amazing artist Roger McKay. We have only gotten to chat with Roger in passing here and there, but at our last run in I was armed with Nine Days Of Pie postcards! This was a wonderful surprise, and I know a real treat for Shane, as he does not often have the chance to spend time with other professional artists, and certainly none here in Astoria! Roger told us he has made a living at art for more than 40 years! He is one of the artists involved in the recent restoration of the Astor Column.

Another knock on the door brought additional Astoria royalty, Elleda & Bruce with Elleda’s awesome cousin Amy! Amy visits Elleda and Bruce every year around this time and we always look forward to seeing them all. Elleda is a well known photographer, and she brought Shane a beautiful and creepy print of an old doll having from a mirror. Perfect!  We all were enjoying pie and a low roar of conversation and laughter when another knock not he door brought us Angela and her son Ruben, they were sporting a beautiful diary, gluten and sugar free pumpkin and cranberry pie. It was a work of art. She told us her son said they HAD TO come because we invented out own holiday!!!

I decided to make a full on Raspberry Pie because no one ever makes raspberry pies, it’s always raspberry and something. And, I never do lattice crust, but there I was latticing it up! I also got daring and attempted a blue and black berry crumble top paleo pie, but it did not turn out very good. And never mind the two great gluten free pies I’d made days before, tonight when I had yet another lousy gluten free pie, our neighbor Sean came by – he and his wife Shannon had experienced the failed sweet potato of day one, but had of course missed the lemon custard and the peanut butter! Thank goodness Angela’s amazing pie was there to save the day!

Angela's Pie saved the day!

Day 7: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

Day 7 Pies:

This being Saturday allowed for some slightly more challenging pies than I am able to do on the weeknights. I’d read an interesting article about Key Lime Pie and it’s origins  that came along with a slightly boastful recipe so I was excited to make an authentic key lime pie!  Lucky for me, Shane offered to squeeze all those tiny key limes! And geez, it took the whole bag!

I also decided today would be the perfect day for spanakopita. It takes a while to make AND it makes a lot of pie, so it was perfect for a possible Saturday crowd.

Word came two of our invitees were passing through town and would be coming early. Our invitation for weekends said 5pm, and I had toyed with making it 3 pm, but I felt that made for too long of a day for Shane and I. Of course for Corina and Joe we were willing to make an exception! We met Corina when we lives in a beach shack in Seaview WA, she was our next door neighbor. Eventually, she moved away to California and met Joe, he’s a military guy even worked for what they call a “Private Security firm”, they have an adorable little boy but he did not join us today. Nowadays they live south of Portland, so we don’t get to see them as much as we wish we could. One thing for sure, Corina & Joe are the people I can count on to bring a pie, and this year was no exception, this year they treated us to a mile high Lemon Meringue pie from the famed Cottage Bakery in Long Beach.

Verna and William arrived all the way from Portland, and Verna who is an amazing cook & baker brought some delicious vanilla lavender shortbread cookies. Verna and William are eccentric adventurers and creatives, and they are always a treat to spend time with. William studies fencing, Verna is always climbing some giant hill or mountain, they are a blast! Since we don’t get to spend that much time with them in person, it’s always great to watch their adventures through social media. They could really not be more different than Corina and Joe, and yet there they were all chatting it up, and then our neighbor Bill and daughter Emily stopped by for a spot of pie before Bill’s theater rehearsal and finally, Stephen and Alan joined us once again adding some local flare to the festivities, and offering a near crate of tea.

I’d planned to make an apple pie, an upsidedown apple pie, because Emily likes apple pies and that’s about it (I was the same way at her age), but the pie was not ready before Bill had to depart, so I had to deliver a slice to Emily at home. Emily is a great kid, growing into a great teenager, and any time I can do something nice for her I always like to. Someday the world will know her name, I am pretty certain of that!

In addition, I decided to try a different Pecan Pie recipe, and this time follow it to the letter, the results? A damn good pecan pie! Might have been the Lyle’s Golden Syrup I used from England???

I’d noticed a few days back a little figure appeared in the kitchen, a little Minion guy, then tonight after everyone had left there was a viking fellow with a sword and a cape, and Shane said he had yet another in his office. We pondered where these could be coming from, but we hadn’t a clue….

Real Key Lime Pie

Real Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

Crust:

1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs

1/4 c. firmly packed light brown sugar

1/3 c. butter or margarine, melted

Filling:

2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk

1 c. fresh Key lime juice* (This took an entire bag of tiny key limes from the grocery store)

Topping:

2 egg whites

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

2 T. granulated sugar

Preparation

Combine first 3 ingredients. Press into a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake piecrust at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.

Stir together sweetened condensed milk and lime juice until blended. Pour into prepared crust. Set aside.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer just until foamy.

Add granulated sugar gradually, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until soft peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes).

Spread meringue over filling.

Bake at 325° for 25 to 28 minutes. Chill 8 hours.

*Bottled Key lime juice may be substituted for fresh juice.

NOTE * I have not, that I can recall made a real Key Lime Pie ever. Shane kindly squeezed an entire bag of key limes for this recipe! In the end, it was a bit too sweet. And I would of course have added vanilla normally, but wanted to make it this time exact to the recipe which I believe was in Southern Living, though I do not have a link.

According to Southern Living… 

No one can pinpoint when lime pie first showed up in the Keys. Developed by early Bahamian settlers, Key lime pie appears to have been around for more than 100 years.

Opinions differ on whether it should contain eggs or even if it should be baked—and that’s just for the filling!

You could probably incite a riot discussing Key lime pie’s topping and crust. Should the topping be made of whipped cream or meringue? Does it call for a graham cracker crust or a pastry crust?

 

Key Lime Pie Basics

Key West locals—“conchs,” as they’re called—do adhere to a few universals for Key lime pie.

  • First, Key lime pie is never green, but rather a natural creamy yellow.
  • it’s always made with small, round key limes,
  • And any Key lime pie worth its weight—and taste—is made with sweetened condensed milk. Never milk. That is because milk was unavailable in the Florida Keys until the 1930s with the opening of the overseas highway when tank trunks carrying ice could get to the region.
  • And after much debate the Key Lime Pie was made Florida’s official pie in 2006.

Asparagus Tart

Another winner from Beatrice! This is from the book ‘Pot Pies’ from Beatrice Ojakangas.

  • Single pie crust
  • 1.5 lb. fresh asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 lb. prosciutto or shaved ham, shut into 1/8″ pieces (I used turkey bacon)
  • 1/3 c. fresh grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Fit pastry into 10″ tart pan with removable bottom. Trim edges and place in freezer for 10 minutes.

Cut asparagus in 2-inch  pieces, blanche in boiling water for 2 minutes. Plunge in cold water to stop cooking. Drain.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Blend cream cheese, eggs, cream, salt and pepper until smooth.

Arrange asparagus stalks and ham (or turkey bacon) on pastry. Pour HALF the egg mixture over and bake for 15 minutes.

Add the rest of the egg mixture and bake, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Reduce heat to 375, and bake for 40 minutes, or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.

Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

 

Day 4: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Day 4 Pies:

We made it to Wednesday, Day 4! Every year I make a list of the pies I plan to do and on which day – A Pie Schedule as I call it, and every year the list goes out the window.  But, this year was different, because for the first time ever rather than being disappointed in myself, I realized it is just a helpful guide to stop me from buying supplies for 60 pies, or trying to do too much.

When the porch light was turned on, we were delighted with a visit from our neighbor Bill Honl. We actually met Bill at the Nine Days Of Pie some years back, he came as the guest of one of our favorite community radio personalities, and now I really can’t imagine our life without him! We’ve had good times and bad, Bill became our next door neighbor a while after we first became friends, and it’s always nice to talk with him. He is also a great actor, and we have enjoyed seeing him in a number of local plays over the years, currently he’s rehearsing for a reader’s theater production in which he’ll be playing an old Jewish man in New York. He also did a cool art project over the summer where he invited people to tell him something he doesn’t know, check it out: http://youknowsomethingthatidont.tumblr.com

Soon another knock came upon the door, and it was ….. it was Lisa Marie and Jane! “I brought you a gift” announced Lisa Marie as she entered, and boy did she – The one and only Jane Herrold! I introduced them both to Bill. When Bill said “Nice to meet you” to Jane she retorted, “Yeah, for the millionth time!”. Talk about an ice breaker!

Soon there was a revelation that Bill’s uncle was Jane’s father’s best friend, and we were all dazzled with stories of the two men and their adventures and Uncle Buck’s naughty sense of humor, it was just perfect.

I’d told Shane about my heckling experience, but by this time I’d figured it was it was just me who’d had a bad day, and decided since it’s the Nine Days Of Pie we would not mention anything about it to Lisa Marie if she came by again. There was one stipulation, I didn’t want her to be with me in the kitchen. On this Shane took the immediate lead, and told everyone that I didn’t want anyone in the kitchen tonight, and he would be serving pie. He immediately began serving pie to our guests and everyone seemed happy. With one disaster thwarted headed back into the kitchen to roll my dough and prepare the night’s savory, of course all of the great conversation in the living room had made me lose track of time and my Wagon Wheel Apple Pie’s with the cheddar cheese crusts were a little too well done. Rats!

The French Easter Pie was one of the most unusual and popular savories of last year’s celebration so I was eager to try it again, with one minor change, instead of pork I was using a sweet apple chicken sausage. I prepared the pie and then realized I’d forgotten to boil the eggs so I worked to catch up on that. A knock on our door brought Karri bearing gifts of a wonderfully practical variety – cleaning supplies for the kitchen, and even a pair of new cooling racks!

On this day, I would say the pies were pretty good, everyone enjoyed the second coconut creme pie from yesterday, the repurposed sweet potato which was now rather tasty, and Pear Anise. We dove into the French Easter, which was even better than I remembered with the chicken sausage, but alas the late cooked and still hot eggs had reaped havoc on the pie crust, which melted right off several of the eggs.

The night ended great, with pleasant conversation all around. I felt so pumped up after everyone left, I stayed up and made two peanut butter refrigerator pies for tomorrow, oh but now I stayed up way too late and it is tomorrow…..

Day 3: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Day 3 Pies:

Today was a much better day than yesterday. Really how could it get any worse?

I was glad to know Jan Bono would be joining us on this night, she a prolific writer, a retired teacher, and one of my absolute favorite people! Her RSVP meant one thing for sure, No almonds in anything tonight. I woke up early early to make the Coconut Creme Pies before heading out for the day. I based it on a recipe, but it made the the thickest coconut creme pie I have ever seen, it was more like a Coconut Butter Pie. As the festivities neared I made the crusts for the the other two pies, both of which only required a single crust. Tonight I was recreating two favorite pies from previous years as part of a loose retrospective, it would be a Leek & Chèvre Tart for the savory and Pear Anise for the third variety, which was a surprise favorite a while back.

Jan arrived with “Election Pie” in hand, it was after all election day. We enjoyed the Coconut Creme and caught up. Jan always has a grand adventure going, some better than others, it was nice to hear about a recent one – she recently returned from China! You can read about her trip to China here: http://janbonobooks.com/blog/2015/08/25/off-to-china/ Jan has a sharp sense of humor and always says that we make her feel like Lilly Munster! I am not sure if that is good or bad.

In a funny twist of fate, a knock upon the door brought Nik & Jessie and baby Lilly, both attended the school that Jan taught while she was teaching there! Small world! Nik & Jessie are a great young couple we used to live next door to in Seaview WA, Shane performed their marriage ceremony, and they are really like family to us. The also hold the distinction to be the only people to have attended EVERY YEAR of the Nine Days of Pie, they were a our only guests! That’s right, we created the Nine Days of Pie just as a wacky party for ourselves, and it has grown profoundly over the years. That first year I remember vividly eating little fired hand pies of fig and sweet potato pies in Shane’s art studio on the beach while we all made stuff.

Jessie made little round Apple Caramel Pies, with criss cross tops, and they were delicious! Another knock on the door brought Isa, an eclectic woman I’ve met around town but never got to really chat with. This was her second visit to the Nine Days Of Pie and it was enjoyable to get to know her.

Yes, the Nine Days Of Pie will be good times from here on, no more bad days!

Day 2: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Day 2 Pies:

  • Bison Shepherd’s Pie
  • Raspberry Blueberry Pie
  • Lemon Custard Pie (gluten free)
  • Repurposed Sweet Potato Apple Pie
  • Heath Bar Pie (brought by Sean & Theresa)

Day two began well enough, I knew for sure the famed Dark Lady and her beau Sean would be joining us tonight, Sean has real specific dietary restrictions. Then, Jonas and Kate from AFRU Gallery sent word they would be delivering the art back from Shane’s recent exhibit there, Jonas said Kate is gluten free and not feeling so hot, so this was a night that I needed to plan carefully.

I decided a berry pie would be good for most every one, I did a bison Shepherd’s pie which was gluten free by default of no crust and no flour in the thickener, and a gluten free lemon custard.  The guests began just rolling in long before I was ready with pie, so luckily there was some left from yesterday. We were joined by fellow relocated city dwellers Stephen and Alan whose great company is always a pleasure and by several of their friends Charlotte and Steven from California, and their neighbor LisaMarie. Theresa (aka Dark Lady) and Sean arrived from Portland with the wonderful Helen Metropolis, AND a Heath Bar pie made by Sean!!! How cool was that?!?! Some people think it’s bad form to bring pie to the Nine Days of Pie, but we welcome it, and especially when there is such a large group, and especially when someone has a restrictive diet – even if that diet includes Burger King over zucchini. Ha. Helen is someone we usually only get to see online, or in rushed and chaotic circumstances, so it was great to have her as a guest in person and overnight.

Then Jonas and Kate arrived. We were surprised to find they had never met Dark Lady & Sean since they are all part of the Portland underground, but that’s what the Nine Days Of Pie is for! Our final guest to arrive was our favorite local radio news reporter Karri who came by last night also. It was a packed house!

How fun! Except, for the first time in the history of the Nine Days Of Pie there was one among us who was not reveling in the fun and silliness of this holiday.

Let me first say, I am no pie expert. I have learned a lot from making pies over these years, but I am not an expert, and I do not sell myself as such. I am as proud of the failures as the successes because it all helps me learn and get better. In fact, I am seldom 100% pleased with any of the pies I make, to the point, I am told, of being ridiculous. I am not looking for praise or adoration for the pie, this holiday is about praising and adoring my husband Shane, it’s about celebrating life and friendship, and having interesting conversations, and bringing diverse people together, and sure it’s about pie, it’s called the Nine Days Of Pie, but at the same time it is not at all about pie.

On this night, a woman sat in the kitchen, and at first asked questions I was glad to answer, I don’t mind sharing my baking “secrets”, but as the kitchen warmed up everyone else headed into the cooler and more comfortable living room, her questions turned from basic baking questions to questions of my judgment, and then to blatant criticism. This was not “jewish grandmother” help, I was being heckled!

Normally, I would have politely suggested she join the others in the next room, but I’d reached a point where any word from my mouth would have shown my anger. That sounds lame, I know, but this is a small town, and anyone could have a bad day, I know I was now having one, and I prefer to control my emotions in such situations. But worse than my feelings, this was fucking up my pies! I was making mistakes, stupid ones, and I was running further and further behind. My Shepherds Pie looked lousy, the gluten-free lemon was questionable, everything was unraveling, and this woman kept smiling at me while her eyes appeared to be scowling. Granted, I was having cramps from hell, and had worked a full day at the j.o.b., but this was more than me being sensitive.

I chose to make Shepherd’s pie since it was gluten free – from lack of a crust and the fact that I never use flour to thicken, so it would be fine for Kate to eat,  and Sean would probably like it too. Then, as I cut Kate a slice of the gluten-free lemon custard – the only other pie this lovely girl who came all the way from Portland while not feeling well, just to be at the Nine Days of Pie could eat, the heckler demanded that she wanted a slice, which then caused others to demand they wanted a piece, luckily by this time Shane had come into the kitchen and beat back the crowd from the Gluten Free pie saying it was ONLY for those who needed it.

Finally, and with absolutely no joy left in my heart, the final pie made it out of the oven. By this time most of our guests had left, and everyone seemed to be pretty full of pie. I sat down to enjoy some conversation with our remaining guests in the living room, Shane and I began to discuss the pies, he mentioned the Shepherd’s pie top was not browned as he was used to, and I explained I normally added an egg white and whipped them up a but and then brushed the top with the yolk, but I was out of sorts and forgot. Then the heckler piped up and said the reason the pie was no good was because I had not piped the potatoes from a pastry bag. While that is a fine way for some, I loathe pretty much everything about pastry bags, so I just smiled politely.

Shane asked about the final pie, the berry one, and I said it was fresh from the oven and would need a few hours to set up properly, or it would likely be soup. He suggested we just save it for the next day.  At this point it was just Shane and I, our overnight guest Helen, and the heckler. Not 20 minutes after the exchange about the berry pie the heckler announced she would not be leaving until she had a slice of it. For me this was the final straw, it was late, I did not feel well, I was tired, I had to work in the morning. Without hesitation I went to the kitchen, cut into the pie, put a slice on a plate and handed it to her. She left shortly after.

As far as odds go, having ELEVEN guests at once inevitably leads to someone having a bad time. Normally, I would never so much as mention this less than pleasant experience in writing, I would have glossed over the entire thing, and I would never name names, but a whole drama played out a few days later, full of small town phone ranting apparently, and people questioning us about “what happened?”. To my surprise it was no secret, not by our hand of course, but because of all that I thought it needed addressing.

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

Bluebarb Pie

(Not sure if it was eating this after the amazing almond cherry, or what, but this one needs a little something. Next time I might double the cinnamon and vanilla. Or perhaps the blueberries were just tasteless, not sure, but it needed some zazz.)

  • Double crust pie recipe
  • 2-3 cups of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2-3 cups of rhubarb, cut to about the same size as the berries
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. butter
  • 2 T. milk

Directions: 

Make pie crust, roll out half and line pie pan.

In a small bowl mix cornstarch, sugar, and cinnamon.

in a large bowl toss blueberries and rhubarb with lemon juice and vanilla. Pour dry ingredients on top and toss.

Pour fruit into pie shell, dot with butter.

Roll out and top with crust, seal and flute edges. Cut clots in top and brush with milk.

Bake in a 375 oven for 45 – 60 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is bubbling.

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Andouille & Sweet Potato Pie

This recipe comes from the Food & Wine website. Here is the link: http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/savory-pies-and-tarts#!slide=17

(I simplified things a bit, I did it without pie weights or a food processor and it all seemed to work out just fine.)

  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, pierced with a fork
  • 1 c. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1/4 c. plus 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. andouille sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1/2 T.  dried sage, crumbled
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 large egg yolks

DIrections

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and bake for 45 minutes, until they are soft. Let the sweet potatoes cool. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the cornmeal and flour with the 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the chilled butter cubes and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the ice water and pulse until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead until smooth.
  2. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough to a 13-inch round, about 1/4 inch thick. Ease the dough into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Trim the overhang to 1 inch, then fold it under itself and crimp decoratively. Prick the bottom crust several times with a fork. Line the dough with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is barely set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for 10 minutes longer, until the crust is dry and very lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the andouille sausage and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and dried sage and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  4. Peel the sweet potatoes and transfer them to a food processor. Add the cream and puree until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Add the egg yolks and process until incorporated. Transfer the filling to a large bowl and stir in the andouille mixture.
  5. Scrape the filling into the crust and bake for about 45 minutes, until the custard is set. Let cool for 20 minutes, then cut the pie into wedges .

MAKE AHEAD The pie can be refrigerated overnight. Rewarm before serving.

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Taos Chocolate Pie

From the cookbook ‘KMAK: The Music Of America Presents the American Cook Book’ No year given, but location says Fresno, CA. (I made a few minor changes.)

Crust: 

  • 1 1/2 c graham cracjer crumbs
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
  • 2 T. cocoa powder (or 1 oz unsweetened chocolate melted)
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Directions:

Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and nutmeg in a bowl. Melt butter with chocolate or cocoa powder. Mix until combined. Press into pie pan until firmly set. Chill.

Filling:

  •  6 oz chocolate chips
  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (I may have doubled this)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream

Directions:

Melt chocolate at low heat with 2 T. of the cream, stir until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes.

In a bowl mix cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla, beat until smooth.

Beat in eggs yolks and melted chocolate, beat until combined.

In another bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.

In another bowl whip cream until firm.

Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture, fold in whipped cream.

Pour into chilled pie crust. Chill overnight.

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Lemon Shaker Pie

I found this recipe on a website called Pie Love You, it followed a year of pies a young gal made for her husband – one a week for a year! She said here husband called this one the best pie of the year. Since Dave Archer is a huge lemon bar fan, I thought I needed to make it while he was here.

Here is the website: http://pieloveyou.blogspot.com/2010/01/shaker-lemon-pie-3.html

NOTE* The lemon slices have to sit for 24 hours before being made into pie.

  • 2 large Meyer lemons
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Double crust pie recipe

Filling: Thoroughly wash and dry lemons. Finely grate lemon zest into a bowl. Using a sharp knife, slice the lemons as thin as possible. While slicing, make sure to remove the seeds. Combine slices, zest, and sugar, cover and set aside at room temperature for at least 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 425°. Whisk eggs in bowl until frothy. Add butter, salt, and flour and whisk until smooth. Combine with lemon mixture. Roll chilled dough into two 12-inch rounds. Fit one round into a 9″ pie plate and pour in filling.Cover pie with remaining pastry round. Cut excessive dough, fold edges under and crimp to hold in place. Cut a few steam vents in top crust. Brush with cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake (at 425°) for 30 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Reduce heat to 350° and bake until crust is golden brown, 25–30 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool for at least one hour before slicing.

*NOTE another mention here, I sprinkled the sugar on the top of the pie and it burned, be warned.

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Masa Tart with Ricotta and Goat Cheese

This is yet another recipe from Beatrice Ojakangas cookbook ‘Pot Pies’. I think I did something wrong, because ol’Beatrice has been all winners until this one.

Masa Crust:

1 1/4 cup masa harina

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

5 T. chilled, unsalted butter, diced

3-4 T. ice water

Filling:

1 cup ricotta

6 oz goat cheese

2 eggs

2 T. chopped chives

1 tsp. fresh Thyme

1/2 tsp salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Also:

Tomato salsa

Sour cream or plain yogurt

 

Directions:

For the crust, mis masa marina, sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle in water and mix. It will have the texture of cottage cheese.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Press crumbs firmly into bottom and sides of tart pan. Line with foil. Bake for 12 -15 minutes, until edges begin to brown.

For filling, whisk together filling ingredients, pour mixture into partially baked crust. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake the pie for 30-35 minutes or until the filling is set and a knife can be inserted and come out clean. Serve in wedges with a dollop of sour cream and salsa.

 

 

Chocolate and Almond pie

I’ll admit it, I never posted this recipe, and when I searched my computer and the stack of cookbooks from last year – still on the shelf awaiting dismissal, I couldn’t find it.

A google search turned up a list, scrolling through the options I saw epicurious.com was one of the choices. I have used their recipes on a number of occasions for dinners, desserts, and more, it seemed a likely choice, and as I read the recipe it sounded very familiar.

Here it is:

4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups dark corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch of salt
3 cups sliced almonds, toasted
Single pie crust, uncooked

Directions:

  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Prepare crust and line pie pan.
  • Stir bittersweet chocolate and unsalted butter in large metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over water.
  • Mix in dark corn syrup and 3/4 cup sugar. Whisk in eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt. Stir in toasted almonds.
  • Pour filling into prepared crust. Bake pie until filling is set around edges but moves slightly in center when pie is gently shaken and crust is golden brown, tenting pie with foil if crust browns too quickly, about 1 hour. Transfer pie to rack and cool slightly.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

As I recall, we all ate this scorching hot.


Crustless Cranberry Pie

This recipe came from the internet, allrecipes.com

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 eggs

1 tsp. almond extract

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease pie pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the cranberries and the walnuts, and toss to coat. Stir in the butter, beaten eggs, and almond extract. If you are using frozen cranberries, the mixture will be very thick. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.