WLW: all pie all the time

You guys. I’ve been sitting around eating lots of nuts and chocolate and appley ginger-based stuff lately, bc it’s freezing fall out and like a smart person I’m trying to prepare for hibernation. But you know what I really wish I was eating? No, no, not a cherpumple (tho I obvs wouldn’t dare turn it down….GIVE ME). While I sit here in my très chic hoodie/sweater/fat socks/blanket combo, I’m really wishing for some Strawberry Short Pie from Lauretta Jean’s. And I KNOW it’s seasonal and tisn’t the season now……that’s why it’s Wednesday and I’m wishing.


How Stephanie Tanner rude that I tempt you with this unattainable pie, right? Looking more closely (NOT licking my screen, PROMISE!), it’s kinda like the springtimey little sister of the cherpumple. This truly looks like the dessert of dreams. Bake it and I will eat.

Anyhoo, not to leave you in tears of unsatisfiable dessert cravings, the good news is that it is at least pie season in the nation, and if you live in Portland you can still skedaddle over to Lauretta Jean’s for a more in-the-now seasonal offering. Might I suggest Chocolate Pecan or S’mores?


Both clear winners and in keeping with my hibernation diet. Both also considered A+ choices to pair with coffee for a breakfast of champions. But you know what works really well at the end of the day after a heavy hearty meat and potatoes-rich fallwinter meal? Something with a bright little zip to cut right through the food coma. Something like Key Lime or Lemon Meringue:


Mmmmmm pie. Never not in season.

*pics by @laurettajeans and @pdxfoodlove

Happy Pi(e) Day!! and also I might be moving…


It’s March 14, 3/14, 3.14, Pi(e) Day! The day to eat pie all day long (or at least 3.14 slices of it), and that is exactly what I will be doing at my new address of 1000 N California Ave. in Chicago where I will henceforth be residing at booth number 1. (*be advised I will not be accepting visitors on Mondays)

What do I love most about my new home? Aside from delicious pies such as the hibiscus key lime dressed up with vanilla scented whipped cream and blueberry compote (as pictured above) (PIE DAY!!!!!) and delicious soups such as the very special mushroom (not pictured and also known to those in the know (me) as “little cup of heaven”), I love how all the plates and glasses and silverware are mismatched at my new abode. I love how the garden seems to trickle in from the outside so that there are fresh flowers on all of my cozy tabletops. I love the oldtimey music that plays from my new stereo system. I LOVELOVELOVE my new wallpaper. Besides the pies and cookies and breads and scones pouring out from my new kitchen, I have to admit, the wallpaper really sold me:


So nice when a house is move-in ready and you don’t have to change a thing! Blush with gold maple helicopters (or as some call them, Spinning Jennys), and hence my new manor is called Spinning J.

Sometimes I’ll have friends over and they can twist back and forth on the vintage soda fountain counter stools and order drinks concocted with herbs and essential oils and syrups made on the premises and served in pink parfait glasses with paper straws. And sometimes they’ll bring along their own friends too who will say, “I’ll have what she’s having,” and they will be referring to me and my slice of hibiscus key lime. That’s fine, there’s always enough to go around at my new manor.



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Chicago pies (not pizza pies)

Today I had pie for lunchtime and pie for snacktime. Maybe growing up on deep dish helped me to develop a deep stomach? (pro tip: wear a billowy shirt when preparing for a pie outing)

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For lunchtime: Hoosier Mama Pie Company. This place used to be a great spot that served burrito-sized spring rolls, and I lamented its closing for years. But now my grieving has ceased as the spring rolls have been replaced by delicious pie (plus the window seat remains).

chocolate chess – rich bourbony brownie in a flaky crust ( wowwowwow favorite!)
apple rhubarb – tangy fruit with spiced oat/granola topping (did you know rhubarb was called ‘pie plant’? I didn’t, but now I do and you do too!)
Jeffersonville – what? where? huh? maple pecan with chocolate. yes, ok!!
(not pictured: hot chicken tomatillo in a cornmeal crust)

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For snacktime: Bang Bang! Pie & Biscuits. Here we sat outside in the pie garden surrounded by flowers and butterflies and fellow pie eaters. I could stay here all day, just eating pies that pass by. The table next to us had 5 people and one slice of pie – amateurs. We had 3 slices of pie and avocado biscuits – professionals.

key lime – the first pie to ever rival my own recipe!
chocolate macaroon – basically a 7 layer bar meets candy bar meets pie but freshly made so it’s good for you
honey pie with blueberry cherry compote –  so unique with an earthy maybe buckwheat not sweet honey flavor and whatever’s seasonal on top. “Honey pie you are making me crazy, I’m in love but I’m lazy, So won’t you please come home” (so true, so true. come home with me in my stomach.)
(not pictured: avocado biscuits with queso fresco, mole spice and pickled fresno chilis)

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