“Pie, me-oh-my, I love pie.” — Andie MacDowell, from the 1996 movie “Michael.”
For the fall issue of Sun Valley Magazine, I penned an article on the “wonder of pie.” The article includes tips on making the perfect pie crust from Maeme Rasberry of Rasberry’s Bistro and Catering in Ketchum, Idaho. Trust me, her chicken pot pie is to live for! There is a photo at the end of this post.
You can read the full pie article here, but here’s the intro:
Utter the word “pie” and something wonderfully strange happens. Warm and fuzzy feel-good memories flood the brain. Desserts of all stripes set off dopamine receptors—those neurotransmitters that deliver pleasure signals to the cerebrum—but pie holds a special place in the heart as well as the head. Pie embodies family, tradition, home. Cake? Birthdays.
And speaking of Rasberry’s Bistro, here is a photo of the chicken pot pie they sell at the farmers market during the summer. I grated fresh Parmesan over the top. Sometimes they put it on their menu during the winter and, if you see it, well, order it. It’s incredible. Maeme doesn’t use béchamel to thicken it. She lets the potatoes do that job for her. So, in a way, it’s a wee bit healthier than traditional pot pies.
I also wrote another article for this issue, the re-opening of The Mint, a restaurant and music venue owned by Bruce Willis. You can read about The Mint here.