Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday Dinner Pie

Mandy, Greg, Matthew and Ginevra came over for veggie pot pie tonight. This photo is from its soupy state, fresh from the oven. It did set after it cooled, but even wet and sloppy, it still tasted great. I made it in my extra-deep dish, so there was plenty of extra filling...and leftovers for tomorrow!

The great thing about savory pies is that they are a complete meal in one dish! We drank wine and had vegan cookies (made by Mandy) and Tulsi tea for dessert.

Here's my approximate recipe (I kind of freestyled it):

Veggie Pot Pie
Saute in butter:
1 small rutabaga
6 red potatoes
1/2 celeriac
2 carrots
1 onion
1 bag frozen peas

Add garlic, thyme, pepper, and salt, plus enough veggie stock to cover the veggies. Bring to boil, then simmer to evaporate stock (most of it). Make a roux/gravy with butter and flour. Add garlic, thyme, 2 leeks, and heavy cream until a bechamel/gravy sauce is formed. Combine with veggies, and ladle into pie crust. Bake for approx. 45 minutes- hr. at 350 degress F.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pi Day (3.14): Dallas Outpost

Our Dallas, TX correspondent Shannon sent these lovely pics of her Pi Party.

sour cream pear pie

Shannon's meat pie

Christy's amazing buttermilk (shoo-fly) pie!

Dallas pi(e) party people in the PEZ (Pie Enjoyment Zone)

I'd say it's time to invite Shannon to be a Nothing-in-the-House contributor! Wouldn't you?!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Dede's Savory Pies

Jamie just sent me this e-mail about his latest great pie experience...

oh man
we made the best savory pies the other day!!
my friends build a "brick oven" outside and we cooked em up in there.
oh man

the pies were of two varieties:
and CURRY pie

both were vegan (my friend justin ruined the fun for the rest of us)
but were so tasty that i couldn't fault him this night for his overly
ascetic habits.
one pie picture should be included with this email, but more are
available at

hope all is sweet and savory with you!


a subsequent e-mail added more detail...

crust used a product called "BUTTERY STICKS." it might have been made by earth balance. can't remember though. the crusts were actually excellent. the innards were, potatoes, carrots, onions, seitan, garlic, green onions, for both, and the seasoning was adjusted to render each either "AMERICAN" or "CURRY." a pie in my eye!

(Pie Enjoyment Zone)