Need Your Pie Stories!

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago… a TV producer friend saw that I had driven Marcus’ RV down from Portland to LA. (Marcus, as many of you know, is my late husband who died unexpectedly at the age of 43). This producer also knew I baked pie. Seems that the romance of RV travel and the comfort of a good piece of pie struck a chord as the next thing I knew we had created a concept for a TV series about pie – traveling around America (in the RV, of course) in search of pie – pie shops, pie bakers, pie fillings and recipes, and other pie stories.
We are shooting the pilot in and around Los Angeles and San Francisco from January 18 to 29. We want to hear about your favorite pie shops, pastry chefs, pie-baking grannies, and pie-loving people we need to meet. Specifically, we want to find more off-the-beaten path places, to get a taste of old-fashioned America. Does that still exist?! Please contribute your ideas.

We will also be handing out free slices of pie on National Pie Day, which is Saturday, January 23, at a heavily (foot) trafficked spot in Los Angeles. We could use some suggestions for locations, places where a piece of pie might bring some happiness to an otherwise harried and hurried world.

PHOTO: Besides pie, you never know what you’ll encounter on the road.

This should be fun. If nothing else, it has given me something creative and positive to focus on besides the loss of Marcus. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s behind this new venture.

You can either post your suggestions as comments here on the blog, or email me directly: beth (at) bethmhoward (dot) com. Thank you!

3 thoughts on “Need Your Pie Stories!

  1. i wish i had an LA/SF pie story! Or a pie story anywhere… I love this idea. have been totally jealous of you and your RV …
    Wait–I do have a pie story!
    I ruined my punkin pie at xmas. my dad burned his crust (pate brisee–usually delicious, from the Time/Life Provencal cookbook) first and then I put the filling in and put in oven. Then realized i had forgotten to mix in the corn syrup. so i took it out and poured the filling back into the mixing bowl. Unfortunatly, the crust came too, in big pieces. so i took those pieces out and put them back in the pie pan. Then i remixed the filling. then put it back in the crust. then baked it. As u can imagine it was a little weird. Then the next day somehow the pie had reapportioned itself or settled into the proper crust/filling layers and was fine. Weird.

  2. Being a newlywed in 1970, Mike was going to impress his new bride by makiing a lemon meringue pie from scratch. He carefully set out all the ingredients on the counter: sugar, lemons, vanilla, cornstarch, etc. Sue spotted the "tartar sauce" among the array of containers ready to be used. She said to Mike "what's the tartar sauce for"? He said, "the recipe calls for cream of tartar!" Luckily, the mistake was corrected & the pie was delicious!!!! Beth, this is your Uncle Mike!!

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