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  • georgieOctober 23, 2011 - 11:21 am

    I’m enamored with your photography, it’s just absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 23, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Lovely Brian. It’s always fascinating going behind the scenes in a distillery and seeing just how much work goes into producing the higest quality spirits. Love these pictures. Some of my favourites. And Silent Sunday is such a fixture for me!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 23, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    fabulous photography!ReplyCancel

  • maria @ a platter of figsOctober 23, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    Brian, I love this post! The photos have a definite quality that immediately made me think of a man’s library or studio… that cozy manly quality that I truly associate with a distillery. I love this post and any posts that highlight local entrepreneurs.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 23, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    Mmmmn. . . I loves me some Sunday, especially when it’s silent and/or followed by the day off on Monday.

    Beber no es de por sí el alcoholismo. Pero beber por el razon de beber, esto es el alcoholismo.ReplyCancel

  • Baking SerendipityOctober 23, 2011 - 11:39 pm

    Gorgeous photography! As an Ohio native, I love the focus on Columbus :)ReplyCancel

  • kimberly (unrivaledkitch)October 24, 2011 - 1:25 am

    lovely! vodka my favorite, beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 24, 2011 - 5:18 am

    You always have a great way of capturing the mood, awesome shots.ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckOctober 24, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    Wonderful photos, Brian. Love the lighting.ReplyCancel

  • Pepy @Indonesia EatsOctober 24, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    Sorry for the late here! Congratulation on the Foodbuzz nomination!ReplyCancel

  • jaclynOctober 24, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    gorgeous photos, gorgeous bottles, gorgeous glasses…

    i think there’s too much gorgeousness in this post!ReplyCancel

  • danielleOctober 24, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    Absolutely incredible photography!ReplyCancel

  • VanessaOctober 27, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    Your life is beautiful. As is your ability to capture it.ReplyCancel

  • bakersroyaleOctober 28, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    I love how you use your lens to tell a story. The pictures are gorgeous. Love the lighting on them and those glasses are pretty damn cool too!ReplyCancel

  • BradyJanuary 2, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    Really enjoyed your perspective on our space in the Short North — a wonderful eye that really captures an element of our spirit at Middle West. Thankyou for visiting, and thankyou for sharing your images — beautiful stuff!ReplyCancel

I waited with great anticipation to get some bags of tomatillos.  I knew that they’d arrive at some point in our CSA box and, this past week, there they were, amidst an array of collard greens, potatoes, and shallots.  They came in a plastic mesh bag, like the ones you find mussels or clams stored in at your local grocery store.

When I took them out of their pouch, it felt strange to hold them.  We’re obviously out of summer, but these little guys feel as if their meant to be consumed in warmer climates amid lighter fare.  I wondered if this was the wrong time for me to be blogging about them; that I should instead resort to squash and potatoes.

Tomatillos do happen to be in season, which ranges from May to November, so it’s not like it’s the craziest thing that I’m writing about them.  And, you know what, even if you don’t make this recipe right now, one day you’ll be searching for a way to prepare these green delights and you’ll know exactly where to turn.

Now, if you have never seen or heard of a tomatillo before, here’s a little background info:  The tomatillo is a staple in Mexican and Guatemalan cuisine, but their roots stem from  the Aztecs, who were the first to cultivate it. They are the shape and color of a small unripe tomato, but are less tart and more citrusy in flavor.  Because of this, they pair nicely in spicier dishes.

The tomatillo has a thin husk that surrounds it, giving it the appearance of a small gourd.  In fact, you may see it referred to as a “husk-tomato”.  When preparing the tomatillo, you will want to remove this outer shell.

There are a number of ways to cook tomatillos, but my favorite is actually to have them raw.  In their most perfect form, they will be a little sweet and less tart.  As mentioned above, they pair wonderfully with hot peppers, so salsa might be one direction to go in.  I, however, wanted to incorporate it into my dinner, so instead I made a spicy pesto: pine nuts, garlic, cilantro, a jalapeno, a bit of lime juice, and some chopped up tomatillos.  It was a burst of bright flavors that was much needed with this gloomy fall weather.

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  • Diane {Created by Diane}October 19, 2011 - 1:32 am

    sounds delicious, I bought tomatillos for the first time about a month ago. I’ve eaten them, but never really knew what I would do with them. Love the cute “wrapper” they come in. I made an avocado sauce and now I’ll be getting some more to make this…..i love pasta dishes!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }October 19, 2011 - 1:51 am

    This is my kind of pasta – you made simple perfection here. Hats off to you. Supreme photos. :)ReplyCancel

  • VijithaOctober 19, 2011 - 2:41 am

    Simple to make and its a easy fix on a weeknight. My kinda pasta!!!ReplyCancel

  • WenderlyOctober 19, 2011 - 7:05 am

    Mmmmmmm sounds divine even at this very moment and it’s 7:05 a.m.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 19, 2011 - 8:11 am

    My CSA is actually the reason I kind of fell in love with tomatillos this summer…and I’m not quite ready to stop cooking with them yet! Thanks for this awesome recipe, Brian. The tomatillos paired with the cilantro and pasta is like a southwestern play on tomato and basil pesto. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenOctober 19, 2011 - 8:14 am

    Wow! is all I can say. All flavors I love in this pasta. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 19, 2011 - 8:51 am

    I love cilantro! Putting this one on my listReplyCancel

  • Ron HilbinkOctober 19, 2011 - 9:29 am

    Brian:

    Being a big fan of both tomatillos and cilantro this is a recipe I will definitely try. The pesto has to be superb given the ingredients. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • JanOctober 19, 2011 - 9:34 am

    I’m very excited about this recipe because I too received a batch of tomatillos in my last CSA box, but I don’t feel like salsa. Thanks for sharing this great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • SweetSugarBelleOctober 19, 2011 - 9:36 am

    I love tomatillo. It’s very common where I live, but I usually only see it in salsa or enchilada sauces. I LOVE that you used it in such an unexpected way, but with some familiar flavors. This is a good one!ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieOctober 19, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Beautiful and creative recipe and it looks so good, my mouth is watering. It’s breakfast time right now and I want this NOW! I heart your blog, with the gorgeous photos, delicious recipes and captivating writing!ReplyCancel

  • KristenOctober 19, 2011 - 10:41 am

    Loving this pesto… I’ve been wanting to cook with tomatillo’s for a long time now. You’ve inspired me!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!October 19, 2011 - 11:08 am

    Oh lucky you – to get tomatillos in your CSA box! You simply don’t see them over there in the UK :( Such a pity as there can be nothing as refreshing as a tomatillo salsa… lovely recipe!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsOctober 19, 2011 - 11:41 am

    hang ona second I had to take a second look when RT’d yesterday it didn’t dawn on me the cilantro. lol Lov ethe combination of cilantro & tomatillos & you are lucky you got them in the CSA & the ones out there aren;t in the ‘bestest’ shape.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy @ Cater to MeOctober 19, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    What a cool idea! I never would have thought of using these to make pesto, but now I can’t get the idea out of my head :)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi @foodiecrushOctober 19, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    I’m with Mandy, tomatillos added to pesto is a terrif idea. Fresh and light too, perfect foil for the heavier fare I’ve been leaning toward for fall and my coccooning in.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 19, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    When I see tomatillos I always think salsa and I’m not a big salsa eater, but now I know what to make with them!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteOctober 19, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    That sounds so light and fresh – I’ve never used tomatillos before, so am excited to find a good recipe using them.ReplyCancel

  • KaseyOctober 19, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    I have never tried tomatillos in pasta- what a great, fresh idea!ReplyCancel

  • MarcelaOctober 19, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    OMG!! can I rename this recipe as italo-guatemalan pasta?? (hehe, just kidding) but the amazing thing is that my kids are like your recipe! I’m from Guatemala and my husband is from Italy, then my kids are just like this recipe! fantastic!! I will try it, for sure they will enjoy it, thanks for share!!ReplyCancel

  • The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.comOctober 19, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    I have been off tomatillos for a long time–ever since my mom grew them and they exploded in the garden. We had vats of tomatillo salsa, fresh and frozen. But this recipe may just bring me back to them! It look delicious and I love a bit of spice in any of my meals. Just don’t tell my mom–I don’t want her to start growing them again. 😉

    The Dinner Belle for Kimberlybelle.comReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESOctober 19, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    pasta dishes like this one are some of my ‘go-to’ dishes . . . you are sooooo lucky to get them in your CSA box!!ReplyCancel

  • AnnOctober 19, 2011 - 11:22 pm

    What a great flavor combination….tomatillo and cilantro instead of basil! Your photos – as always – are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Angie's RecipesOctober 20, 2011 - 12:26 am

    Love tomatillos and your fettucine looks so appetizing!ReplyCancel

  • FrancescaOctober 20, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Love the flying fettuccine! Have you tried with almonds and cherry tomatoes?ReplyCancel

  • Joan NovaOctober 20, 2011 - 10:36 am

    Love the Mexican-Italian marriage. While I never thought of that kind of pairing, I know it tasted good!

    P.S. I don’t think I knew that you could eat tomatillos raw — so thanks.ReplyCancel

  • angela@spinachtigerOctober 20, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Tomatillos are something I usually pass over at the store because I’m not sure what to do with them. Your post was enlightening. I never figured them for pasta.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer CrainOctober 20, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    I’m jealous – we’ve never received tomatillos as part of our weekly share. Time to put a note in the suggestion box for next year! This recipe looks delicious. I’ve never had tomatillos in anything but salsa so I’m looking forward to trying this. Your photos are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 20, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    My wife would love this pasta, and I know I would! Tomatillos? Yes, please. Perfect addition to the pasta and a great CSA addition. Lovely, as usual!ReplyCancel

  • bakersroyaleOctober 21, 2011 - 12:23 am

    What a great combination: tomatillo and cilantro. I love the spice with cooling combo of the two!ReplyCancel

  • KelseyOctober 21, 2011 - 12:32 am

    Oh, we just had these in our share last week! Wishing I would have seen this earlier. Gorgeous photos, I love the depth of texture, and story that the tomatillos tell.ReplyCancel

  • SookOctober 21, 2011 - 2:37 am

    What a great idea to use cilantro for pesto! I must try this.ReplyCancel

  • JennOctober 21, 2011 - 7:00 am

    Lovely combination of flavors for fettuccine – congrats on top 9 :)ReplyCancel

  • john bergOctober 21, 2011 - 10:10 am

    love pasta,prefer it with garlic, oil, pesto etc. instead of a red sauce or alfredo, so this sounds like a must-try recipe. weight-watchers suggests to buy a new fruit or veggie every week. i think ive had it all, but always walk past the tomatillos. not today. in the past months ive bought star fruit, ugli fruit, horned pears, quince (bitter), pine nuts, brussel sprouts, all stuff i always thoufgt i wouldnt like. my badReplyCancel

  • BreeOctober 21, 2011 - 10:12 am

    Love the Mexican/Italian combo here. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupOctober 21, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Okay I gotta admit this is creative. Tomatillos are so easy to get in Latin markets here. This finally elevates them from the tried and true salsa trap. GREGReplyCancel

  • visdaOctober 21, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    gorgeous! I love tomatillo and cilantro. Couldn’t get any better to combine these. Thanks for sharing these great flavors.ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet ToothOctober 21, 2011 - 10:39 pm

    This is going into my recipe box ASAP. I love this flavor combination, but had not thought of putting it on pasta before. Can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 22, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Mmm. . . I loves me some pasta, especially when it has lots of cilantro in it which means that some other people don’t like it, so that means that more is left over for me!

    Cilantro es una planta deliciosa.ReplyCancel

  • Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}October 22, 2011 - 12:46 pm

    That looks delicious! What a great use for tomatillos.ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgOctober 24, 2011 - 1:48 pm

    LOVING that fork shot… and all of them too. I also adore tomatillos. Trying this soon.ReplyCancel

  • MonetOctober 25, 2011 - 10:16 am

    Hi lovely man. You and your recipes…super seductive, always! I must put this on my “To-Cook” list. Ryan will be thrilled. He loves tomatillos and we have plenty of them in Texas. Thank you for sharing with me today. It is always a good day when I start with a visit to your blog. You know how to make me smile. Much love and many blessings from Austin.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessOctober 25, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    I now cannot wait to try your pesto idea. I just made some traditional pesto tonight. I never know what to do with tomatillos and I will definitely try this pesto version next week:)xxReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 26, 2011 - 4:36 pm

    I love tomatillos, but I don’t use them nearly enough. This recipe looks incredible. I am picking up a bunch of them the next time I see them at the store or market!ReplyCancel

  • Ranjani @ Four Seasons of FoodOctober 29, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    Ooh, love this idea! I’ve been seeing tomatillos at the farmers’ market but don’t know quite what to do with them besides salsaReplyCancel

  • Dana BOctober 31, 2011 - 12:52 am

    I happen to despise cilantro even tho I loved AZ and lived there for 10+ years; however, my hubby loves loves loves cilantro and will be ecstatic if I make this for him so I thank you very much for this recipe; I am sure he will love it :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Greedy GourmetOctober 31, 2011 - 8:15 am

    I did a double take when I saw your gorgeous photos of tomatillos. They are not what I expected! Their little jackets reminded me of cape gooseberries but what do they actually taste like? Now only if I could find them in the UK, because your recipe looks enticing!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceNovember 2, 2011 - 7:59 pm

    I love the citrus flavor of tomatillos. This sounds like a great weeknight meal. Especially if paired with some grilled chicken or tofu.ReplyCancel

  • ConnieNovember 9, 2011 - 5:22 am

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve heard of these before but never seen one. I learned something new today :)ReplyCancel

  • Cookie and KateMay 3, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    Oh Brian, I’m so glad Heidi posted a photo of this recipe on FoodieCrush today! I LOVE pesto and I LOVE tomatillo salsa, so it looks like you have the best of both worlds going on here. I’ve wanted to make something with tomatillos before, but I think I’ve always been a little intimidated by those papery husks. Now I’m going to buy some just so I can try them raw, and we’ll see what happens from there!ReplyCancel

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  • JusticeSeptember 30, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    I just harvested a couple of pounds of tomatillos from my plot in the community garden. I try to grow unfamiliar vegetables so people don’t steal them (my carrots routinely disappear, but my yellow pear tomatoes don’t. This is my first attempt at growing tomatillos and I have a bumper crop (an unusually long summer in Vancouver). Like another of your correspondents, I’m not crazy about cilantro, so I’ll substitute flat leaf parsley for half. I’m really looking forward to trying this pesto.ReplyCancel

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  • Vero CaleroNovember 20, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    great recipe thank you very much!ReplyCancel

  • Mary McAuleyDecember 31, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    Never cooked with tomatillos before. This recipe is easy and yummy! I added parmesan cheese and shredded cooked chicken.ReplyCancel

  • Jo FidlerJanuary 28, 2013 - 2:17 am

    This is the best Pesto I have ever eaten, a little spicy but really wonderful taste!ReplyCancel

  • Alice ChoiMarch 6, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    this pasta is absolutely beautiful! such interesting and wonderful flavors together, love it!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaMarch 18, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    Nice fresh recipe – thanks for the inspiration. I made this last night and it went down a treat. Only addition i made was a sprinkling of lightly roasted pumpkin seeds – Only because my family love them and they are so good for them at the same time. Thanks – this is definitely going to be cooked once a week.ReplyCancel

  • Carlton RaeSeptember 12, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    Very tasty, is there a way to can this recipe. We have lots of the tomatillo’s still in the garden.ReplyCancel

  • […] last time I played around with tomatillos, I turned them into a pesto and tossed them with pasta. Of course, my mind went in a similar direction this time, but to spruce things up, I made a […]ReplyCancel

  • […] tomatillo salsa or enchiladas verde. Not all tomatillo recipes are Latin influenced either; this green linguine combines a variety of influences, including […]ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne PleshaMarch 15, 2015 - 6:19 pm

    Great suggestion for these little green ‘friends’.
    Thank you for the history, photos, and receipe.ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodApril 5, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    So sorry for the delay in responding! I am so glad you enjoyed this… I am a fan of spicy foods, so it may need some adjusting for other people. :-) ReplyCancel

  • A Thought For FoodApril 5, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Oh that’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Baker StreetOctober 16, 2011 - 12:11 am

    Gorgeous clicks Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaOctober 16, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Stunning photos, Brian, and I feel as though I was there. Incredible light (and food & drink!) and action. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • WinnieOctober 16, 2011 - 9:13 am

    Beautiful photos Brian. Love how you captured this experience 😉ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckOctober 16, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Now that looks like a fantastic way to spend the day. Copious food and wine are always a good thing.ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlOctober 16, 2011 - 11:53 am

    I’m so jealous. I love MV… and food… and wine :) Love the piggie necklace! Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • AlyOctober 16, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    Gorgeous Brian! I love the juxtaposition of the beautifully plated dumpling on the compostable chinet plate… all looks yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Alaiyo KiasiOctober 16, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    Love the photos from this “Silent Sunday” post. I can nearly feel the breeze, hear the glass clinking, and taste the food.

    AlaiyoReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 16, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    looks like a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Hungry NativeOctober 16, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    Nice to meet you! Hope you had as much fun as we did! Always good to run into other bloggers. Part one of our post should be up soon. Let us know next time you venture back to MV!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleOctober 16, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend at MV!ReplyCancel

  • josieOctober 16, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    it was great meeting you brian. your photos are gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 16, 2011 - 7:19 pm

    What a great way to spend the weekend. Food and drinks and a camera. Love this!!ReplyCancel

  • DaisyOctober 16, 2011 - 7:36 pm

    gorgeous!! I just went to o ya this week, their food is incredible!ReplyCancel

  • LirenOctober 16, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    Just beautiful, Brian! I almost feel as though I were there. Almost :)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy@acommunaltableOctober 16, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    That looks like a wonderful event and looks like the weather was wonderful too!ReplyCancel

  • bakersroyaleOctober 17, 2011 - 12:44 am

    Gorgeous phtotos. Gorgeous food. Great weather. Now the only thing wrong was I couldn’t be there. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Gordon Singing ChefOctober 17, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Stunning Brian! We totally missed you at Pie Party Potluck LIVE and there will be NO excuses for the next one… but this looks like it was AMAZING and you captured it BEAUTIFULLY. I’m licking my chops…. and jealous.ReplyCancel

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenOctober 17, 2011 - 8:09 am

    Gorgeous! Everything looks perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Burnt CarrotsOctober 17, 2011 - 11:32 am

    I’m super jealous you got to attend. The food and photos look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Karriann GrafOctober 17, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Going to add this to my “Make this Dish List”! Thanks for sharing.

    “Spice it Up”ReplyCancel

  • Sneh | Cook RepublicOctober 17, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Gorgeous place! Lovely food!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 17, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    MMnnnn. . . I LOVES me some festival, especially when there are some comestibles and beveragestibles.

    Ningun hombre es una isla, tampoco, ningun isla es un hombre.ReplyCancel

  • Prerna@IndianSimmerOctober 17, 2011 - 7:13 pm

    I silently wait for every post of this series of yours ever week and you should know the reason why :-)ReplyCancel

  • SMITH BITESOctober 17, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    beautiful Brian – i’ve never been to Martha’s Vneyard but it’s on my bucket list!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 17, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    Now that’s a great way to spend the day!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Life on FoodOctober 18, 2011 - 5:59 am

    I haven’t been to Martha’s Vineyard in years. Makes me what to go back; looks like you had a great time.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessOctober 18, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    I have never been to MV. This looks like it was a beautiful and delicious weekend. Gorgeous shots:)ReplyCancel

  • SweetSugarBelleOctober 19, 2011 - 9:39 am

    I always love my Brian vacations. I feel like I was THERE! I’m a little envious that I don’t get to taste, but this is the second best thing!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 19, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Stunning photos, as always, Brian! Suddenly, I find myself craving some time on Martha’s Vineyard. :)ReplyCancel

  • Brian MullaneyDecember 15, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    I was up to from NJ and attended F&W festival. What a great event I am looking forward to next years!ReplyCancel

People don’t believe me when I tell them tofu can be interesting.  They roll their eyes or give me a condescending smile as if to say, “Ok… whatever you say, man!”  Sometimes they won’t believe you until they’ve been proven wrong. And that’s why I continue to try to find fun and creative ways to include tofu.

Over the past year, I’ve used it in two desserts.  One was a chocolate pudding and the other was as a base for a chocolate-wasabi cheesecake.  The tofu provided the creaminess that both desserts needed.  That was its purpose and, for that reason alone, they were both a success.  On top of that, however, they both turned out to be wildly decadent desserts… but that’s what happens when you throw an exorbitant amount of chocolate into the mix.

In some ways, I think I took the easy way out by using it in dessert.  Who doesn’t like sugar and chocolate?  The real challenge is including tofu in a main dish and to create a recipe that’s satisfying both in taste and texture.

There’s no doubt that this tofu scramble is NOT eggs.  It has a very different flavor profile and not nearly as much depth.  But, like real scrambled eggs (especially ones that are properly prepared), they did come out light and fluffy.  With the proper seasoning, this is one of those dishes that can trick someone into believing their eating the real thing (or, at the very least, trick them into eating tofu).

Thanks must be given to Mark Bittman and the marvelous “How to Cook Everything – Vegetarian” app that was created for the iPhone.  It’s rare that I download applications (at least, not ones that I’d have to pay for), but I knew that this would be one that I’d use.  And I have… a number of times.  Its provided me with some fantastic and quick vegetarian entrees and sides.

Bittman gives a number preparations of this tofu scramble.  One with mushrooms, another with miso.  But, really, you can do so much with this recipe.  I could even see turning this into a breakfast sandwich, some lettuce and tomato and (dare I say it) homemade mayo (sure it won’t be vegan but it’d be darn delicious).  The recipe, however, is tasty enough in its simplest form.  If you have a tofu naysayer in the family, this would be a fun dish to start them off with (don’t tell them before they take a bite).

I did want to congratulate Debbie of Fort Collins, CO, for winning the Eat Boutique giveaway!  I have no doubt that she’s going to love everything in her box.

Also, I mentioned on Sunday that I was nominated in the Best Photography category of the Foodbuzz Blog Awards.

Voting is open to anyone until October 17th.  It’s pretty simple to do and you don’t have to register with FoodBuzz to do it.   Just go to this link: http://www.foodbuzz.com/pages/awards Thanks everyone for your support!

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  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchenOctober 12, 2011 - 2:15 am

    The thing is I have tried. I promise I have but I can’t get my head around tofu. Yes, once I used it in a cheesecake and didn’t even notice it was there so loved it. And once as marinated tandoori tofu which I almost liked as well. But all other times, not so much. But this scramble is such a good and healthy idea, I feel like trying it!ReplyCancel

  • RidwanOctober 12, 2011 - 7:04 am

    I’m a big fan of tofu,this is a great recipe,thanks for sharing,,,and congrats on your nonmination :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 12, 2011 - 7:59 am

    fabulous idea! Congrats too!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteOctober 12, 2011 - 8:15 am

    I have to say I eat tofu in more traditional Asian dishes, and haven’t tried tofu scramble yet, but you’ve convinced me that I should give it a shot.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleOctober 12, 2011 - 8:48 am

    I adore tofu! I’ve never had a tofu scramble but I heard that Friendly Toast makes a great one!ReplyCancel

  • Bev WeidnerOctober 12, 2011 - 8:54 am

    I love anything that scrambles. That should be a dance.ReplyCancel

  • bakersroyaleOctober 12, 2011 - 9:37 am

    Congrats Brian, well deserved! Oh, and now the food- love it. I’m a huge tofu anything, but i love it scrambled.ReplyCancel

  • JulieDOctober 12, 2011 - 9:38 am

    Brian, this looks amazing. I know I’m weird to some people but I just love, love tofu. Your roasted potatoes look amazing too!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsOctober 12, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Good Morning Bri. I rarely make tofu maybe this will inspire me to make it more often. Often times I will buy it and it will just sit in the fridge. The guys aren’t fans but maybe I can mask it with Indian spices, wonder if I can pull one over them?! I like tofu a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisOctober 12, 2011 - 10:47 am

    hi Brian
    Tofu is a lot more versatile than people give it credit for, and your tofu scramble certainly shows that! What a perfect breakfast! My girls love tofu, but I never thought of using it for breakfast for them, thank you so much for the inspiration!

    DennisReplyCancel

  • ElianaOctober 12, 2011 - 11:28 am

    This looks like such an absolute perfect breakfast Brian. Wish I was enjoying some of it right now.ReplyCancel

  • Ana Helena CampbellOctober 12, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    What a great breakfast idea! I wanted to try some tofu recently and this morning I bought some. I think your recipe is very tasty and will turn my plain tofu into something very delicious. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • SukainaOctober 12, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    Ok… whatever you say, man! Just couldn’t resist! I’m still not sure about tofu- wouldn’t mind mixed with chocolate liek you say but savory…. I’m still on the fence. Just wanted to congratulate you on your nomination though…fantastic news :)ReplyCancel

  • Karriann GrafOctober 12, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    I love the ingredients!

    Very healthy food..ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 12, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    What a fabulous way to make tofu and one that I’ve never tried before. Congrats on the nomination Brian, voted for you!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 12, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    I don’t think I’ll ever get my head around tofu but you sure do make it tempting. Great breakfast recipe and beautiful pictures B!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 12, 2011 - 10:39 pm

    Mmmnnn. . . I LOVES me some Tofurkey!

    el cielo no es el limite mas alto. Tofu es el limite mas alto.ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatOctober 12, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    That tofu scramble really does look like egg! Love the texture from the look of it :)ReplyCancel

  • MeetaOctober 13, 2011 - 2:55 am

    I love using tofu instead of eggs and make this with all sorts of flavors. Got to try it with roasted potatoes though! Congrats on the nomination!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 13, 2011 - 8:06 am

    Well, you don’t have to sell me on tofu, though I’ve never really considered attempting the tofu scramble since I eat plenty of eggs…but perhaps it’s about time I gave it a shot! You make it look so damn good after all…which is totally why I voted for you over at Foodbuzz. 😛ReplyCancel

  • RavieNomNomsOctober 13, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Looks wonderful!! I really like tofu, some people don’t but I rather enjoy it. Your dish looks perfect. I wish I had had that for my breakfast this AMReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a ChocoholicOctober 13, 2011 - 11:00 am

    I love tofu but have yet to try them scrambled. It looks great!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynOctober 13, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    I love tofu, but haven’t yet tried it scrambled. Now I know I need to!ReplyCancel

  • VijithaOctober 14, 2011 - 1:20 am

    Simple and a healthy breakfast. I make tofu scramble with Indian spices like mustard seeds, cumin and curry leaves. Have not paired them with potato. Will try your version soon.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessOctober 14, 2011 - 5:06 pm

    Mark Bittman’s app sounds really cool. Need to download it. Love this scramble. I like coming up with different ways to use tofu. The potatoes look mighty fine, too.;)ReplyCancel

  • CurtOctober 16, 2011 - 8:20 am

    I’ve never tried tofu, but it sure does look good!ReplyCancel

  • saraOctober 16, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    yum! I agree, so many things you can do with it. We are egg lovers over here, so I regret to say I havent tried this yet, but looks so good! Have you tried nutritional yeast? I use it in a tofu “quiche” I make and the flavor is super good. Seems like it’d be good in this kind of thing.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeeta kkOctober 18, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Such simple and delightful treat for any Tofu lover!ReplyCancel

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  • LirenOctober 9, 2011 - 2:08 am

    Such sweetness! This bakery looks like such a delicious find, Brian. Congratulations on your nomination, so very excited for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ Tiny Urban KitchenOctober 9, 2011 - 4:28 am

    Congratulations on the nomination! Your photography is indeed excellent and it’s always a pleasure to just look at your blog and enjoy. :) Thanks for the great suggestion and I’ll try to look for it next time I’m driving to NYC. :)

    JenReplyCancel

  • chrisOctober 9, 2011 - 7:16 am

    These pictures make me miss home…in New England. Lovely! Congrats on the nomination. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetOctober 9, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Great photos, everything looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • SallyOctober 9, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Congrats on your award (well deserved, I’m voting!) And I’m going to have to check out the bakery (always going to NY/NJ for visits!)ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 9, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Mmnn. . . I loves me some scratch, especially when it doesn’t make me itchy!

    Lee Scratch Perry es mi heroe.ReplyCancel

  • lesliOctober 9, 2011 - 10:44 am

    hi brian- thank you so much for writing about us here at Scratch Baking. your photography is just beautiful.. it was so nice to meet you and eric. i hope you will stop by again on your travels to visit family. i will definitely be casting my vote for your photography.

    =) lesliReplyCancel

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }October 9, 2011 - 11:11 am

    What a fantastic bakery and your photos are beautiful. Congrats on your nomination – super exciting!!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • SweetSugarBelleOctober 9, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Nominated you, AND voted for you! Well deserved! Adorable little place!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 9, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    Those desserts look incredible omg!!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 9, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Congrats on the nomination Brian, well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly (unrivaledkitch)October 9, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    you take such amazing photos it blows my mind. Congrats on your nomination you deserve it.ReplyCancel

  • Mike@The Culinary LensOctober 9, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Sunday would not be Sunday without me popping in to check out your post. Beautiful as always..ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}October 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    looks like a really delicious place, congrats on the nomination you deserve the award!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 9, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    I probably won’t ever be driving near that bakery but luckily I get to see what I’m missing with these pictures. Congrats on the victory (oops, nomination) You know how much I love your photography! Beyond deserved.ReplyCancel

  • VijithaOctober 9, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    Done, voted for you :-)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryOctober 9, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    Not often I could say this about a place you’ve been to, but I’ve been to Milford CT!

    My daughter taught at a private school there her first year out of college and I went up to visit as soon as she got out for summer break. There were so many charming little shops on what I guess is sort of a Milford main street…I don’t know if they were there but if they were…we might have visited Scratch Bakery even! Smallish world huh? Would love that eclair please?ReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatOctober 9, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    Your photos capture the mood so well!! Perfect shots :)ReplyCancel

  • AnnOctober 9, 2011 - 11:56 pm

    GREAT photos! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • IlkeOctober 10, 2011 - 7:20 am

    That dripping chocolate on eclair is priceless!
    Will head to Foodbuzz and vote for you! Thanks for your comment on my guest post!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 10, 2011 - 8:45 am

    This seems like the kind of adorable good-for-the-soul place that I could fall in love with. Pistachio shortbread? Count me in.

    You’ve absolutely got my vote, Bryan! <3ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 10, 2011 - 8:45 am

    By which I mean Brian. 😛ReplyCancel

  • JoyOctober 10, 2011 - 11:31 am

    Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar TripsOctober 10, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Congrats!!!! That is wonderful!!! :-)

    The pictures are wonderful. I am always amazed at just what a picture can convey without any words or description added. Your pictures are worth far more than a thousand words. :-)ReplyCancel

  • January RoadsOctober 10, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    I’m savoring the pistachio short breads in my mind. Delicious =)ReplyCancel

  • LizOctober 10, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    I think I’d get both the eclair AND the pudding! Delicious bakery~ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisOctober 10, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    what a wonderful bakery! You do find the best places and as always incredible images!
    Thanks for pointing out that anyone can vote I though it was only for foodbuzz featured publishers!ReplyCancel

  • noonOctober 11, 2011 - 6:37 am

    wow. looks like a great place, the eclaire looks mouthwatering!ReplyCancel

  • Kim BeeOctober 11, 2011 - 11:17 am

    Congrats on your foodbuzz nomination. Congrats on top 9! This post is stunning. Made me so incredibly hungry.ReplyCancel

  • ChristineOctober 11, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!ReplyCancel

  • BrooksOctober 11, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    Brian, these photographs are wonderful. Silent Sundays is a terrific feature and I always enjoy stopping by. Congratulations on the well-deserved nomination AND the Top 9. May success continue to be yours!ReplyCancel

  • danielleOctober 11, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Love the pics! That place looks absolutely adorableReplyCancel

  • naomiOctober 12, 2011 - 3:21 am

    Love your Silent Sunday post as usual and can I say-JEALOUS! Um, I would need one of each!ReplyCancel

  • ElianaOctober 12, 2011 - 11:30 am

    Definitely looks like a place worth visiting. Will definitely put it on my list.ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 12, 2011 - 8:44 pm

    I have heard Chris and Karen talk all about Scratch Baking. Now, after seeing your glorious photos, I really need to get myself to CT for some sweets. Beautiful photos, as always, Brian. I always look forward to seeing your Silent Sunday posts (even if I get to them a few days late!).ReplyCancel

  • SteveOctober 13, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    I thought the best pastry/Bake shops were in Manhattan. Nothing comes close to the products at Scratch Baking. The cakes, breads, brownies and tarts are so delicious. Also the shop and staff make me want to return since they are as sweet and fresh as the products.ReplyCancel

  • SteveOctober 13, 2011 - 6:50 pm

    E mail address corrected. Heading to Scratch on Saturday need pastries to help enjoy the NFL.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie BellOctober 24, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Oh goodness! This looks delightful! I can’t wait to jump in the car and head to CT to find this little gem!

    The pictures are gorgeous as usual. No surprise that you were nominated for the Best Photography category! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

“Mom, why have we never made a pie?”  This had been a question that had nagged at me for a while.  The kids at school always bragged about how their moms baked apple pie for Thanksgiving, which they served warm with a dollop of whipped cream.   They brought in leftover slices and I drooled over the possibility of getting a bite.

My mom and I baked together frequently when I was a child.  Brownies, cookies, pound cakes, peach kuchen.  But pies?  Never.

“The reason is that pie crust has lard in it,” she explained. “And that lard comes from pigs.”

Growing up in a kosher household, it makes sense why we wouldn’t make pie crust… not if it contained pork fat.  This idea lingered with me for a while.  In fact, it wasn’t until a year ago that I baked my first pie.

I had learned a long time ago that not all pie crusts contained lard, that they could be made with butter or vegetable shortening.  But when you’re told as a child that you can’t make a certain dessert, well, the sentiment stays with you.

Making my first pie, which I did last Thanksgiving, was a proud moment for me.  The crust, an old family recipe (on my husband’s side) that contains Crisco and white vinegar, came out perfectly brown on top and flaked beautifully every time I went in for another forkful.

This filling, too, is a revelation.  Brown butter anything is a magical thing.  But brown butter, apples, sugar, and sage.  Tell me if you can think of anything more scrumptious than that.

But before you dig into a slab of apple pie, I have a GIVEAWAY for you!!! Many of you probably already know the wonderful company, Eat Boutique, run by Maggie Battista.  Maggie and I met when we both spoke at TechMunch this summer and we made plans to get together.  This woman is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and, not only that, but she creates the most beautiful gift boxes that contain incredible products produced by smaller businesses.

Seriously, I can’t think of a better gift to give a friend or relative than one of these boxes. They really are a foodie’s dream.  And Maggie is giving away one of her Fall Handmade Gift Boxes to a very lucky A Thought For Food reader!

To enter, please go to this page and look at the items in the box and then come back and leave a comment telling us which product you’re most excited about.  Only one entry per person! Only eligible for folks in the U.S. and Canada (sorry to our international friends).

You have until this Sunday, October 9th, to enter.  The winner of the box will be announced next Wednesday, October 12th.

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  • Dana BOctober 5, 2011 - 12:32 am

    What’s not to be excited about in that box?! I’ll say the ginger syrup is the most intriguing, but it all looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsOctober 5, 2011 - 6:12 am

    What a great giveaway! I’d most interested by the chocolate gingersnap cookies…I’ve never seen anything like it. Yum! And that pie looks to die for, by the way. :-) Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetOctober 5, 2011 - 6:24 am

    Gorgeous pie! That pumpkin filled brownie sounds amazing but everything in that box looks good.ReplyCancel

  • Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly)October 5, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Brian I am so glad you made pie! As a child who grew up with almost nothing but pie, it saddens me to hear a life without one, but I am glad you are making up for it now :)

    I need to perfect my brown butter technique too…sounds so delicious.ReplyCancel

  • GailOctober 5, 2011 - 7:21 am

    Brian, magnificent pie, baby! Just in time for #PIEPARTYLIVE, too!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteOctober 5, 2011 - 7:24 am

    Isn’t it funny how much our moms can influence our eating patterns. Like the savory note in your pie from the sage. What a nice giveaway – I would love to try the Lady Bird Whole Grain Cookies.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanOctober 5, 2011 - 7:48 am

    MMnnnn. . . I loves me some apple pie, especially when you follow my sage advice and leave it at my house for me to finish.

    He visitado el sitio web de eatboutique, y mi tema favorito es la propia caja. Si no fuera por la caja, no tendría ningún contenido.ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethOctober 5, 2011 - 8:02 am

    What do I NOT want from the box. Do I have to pick just one? I love Lark cookies and I could drink maple syrup by the glassful. I think you should do a giveaway of that pie 😉ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisOctober 5, 2011 - 8:03 am

    I am all about apple pies, and sadly I have to say I never thought of brown butter or for that matter sage. What a wonderful combination of flavors, and I’m sure that pie crust was perfect, I also use a little vinegar in my crusts, I’m not really sure why, but it works!

    I know how much our mothers can impact our lives, I think the fact that my Mom really didn’t like to cook worked just the opposite for me, I loved to eat cooking just came naturally.ReplyCancel

  • SarahOctober 5, 2011 - 8:14 am

    that maple syrup looks especially fantastic! gorgeous pie, by the way – sage and brown butter? yes, please!ReplyCancel

  • alison @ Ingredients, Inc.October 5, 2011 - 8:16 am

    my mouth is watering and it’s only 7:15 in the a.m. Gorgeous combination!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneOctober 5, 2011 - 8:28 am

    My mother also never made pies but for no reason other than that I’m pretty sure she had no idea how to even attempt a pie crust!

    This pie is truly a revelation, Brian. Layer after layer of gorgeous complex flavor. I’d be proud to serve this at my Thanksgiving table…but have a sneaky suspicion that it would have a hard time making it out of my apartment without a HUGE chunk missing! I would be SUPER excited about the ginger syrup in that box! I see many a Dark and Stormy-esque beverage in my future…ReplyCancel

  • MichelleOctober 5, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Yum! The pumpkin-filled brownie sounds delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezOctober 5, 2011 - 8:38 am

    Brownies, no questions asked. What a fantastic giveaway and I love Eat Boutique and what Maggie is doing, very very cool.ReplyCancel

  • MielOctober 5, 2011 - 8:40 am

    That pie looks amazing! I’ll have to make it gluten-free because that is one beautiful pie.
    As for the giveaway, I’ll have to abstain. So many of the goodies look so delicious and full of gluten, so someone who can enjoy them should win. That ginger syrup does look pretty amazing though!ReplyCancel

  • JanOctober 5, 2011 - 8:52 am

    The maple syrup for sure! I love the flavor of the real stuff!ReplyCancel

  • LizOctober 5, 2011 - 9:08 am

    What a beautiful pie! Everything in the box looks amazing, but I’m going with the pumpkin-filled brownies from Blissful Brownies. I need track down one of those, box or no box!ReplyCancel

  • StephannieOctober 5, 2011 - 9:18 am

    Gingersnaps! Though it al looks greatReplyCancel

  • DaisyOctober 5, 2011 - 9:34 am

    your pie looks lovely! I’m into um, everything in that box! but nothing tugs at my heart strings like promises of pure maple syrup!ReplyCancel

  • RHOctober 5, 2011 - 10:25 am

    I’ve never heard of ginger syrup. Seems like something I could have a lot of fun experimenting with!ReplyCancel

  • TarynOctober 5, 2011 - 10:25 am

    What a great giveaway (and a beautiful pie)! As for the box, that ginger syrup sounds incredible. I can already think of many things I’d like to do with it!ReplyCancel

  • SukainaOctober 5, 2011 - 10:26 am

    That pie looks like it walked straight out of a bakery. Gorgeous. And fab giveaway you have going- too bad it’s not international!ReplyCancel

  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit HonOctober 5, 2011 - 10:47 am

    Kudos to you for introducing pie into your world. Talk about making up for all those years of pielessness…brown butter, sage, and apple? Hells yes.ReplyCancel

  • JackyOctober 5, 2011 - 10:49 am

    Ginger syrup, no doubt. That pie looks fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • OdetteOctober 5, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Whole Grain Lady Birds look delicious! Just what I need to join me in the morning tea hour! The pie looks delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • leighOctober 5, 2011 - 11:18 am

    mmmm i loves me some brownies (as a certain frishman might say)ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}October 5, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Your pie looks wonderful. What a great gift basket, the pumpkin brownie is calling to me, sounds delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Lana MOctober 5, 2011 - 11:52 am

    What a great basket! Definitely will make someone happy :) The maple syrup really got me :) I use it in so many things that I bake. I would love to try this brand.ReplyCancel

  • Lil RinaldiOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Everything looks great, but the ginger syrup would def be the item I would love!
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • edmontonjbOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    I am torn between the brownie and the maple syrup. I have never had a pumpkin brownie before so would love to try it but I really have a weakness for maple syrup.ReplyCancel

  • SaraOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Those brownies look great (and the ginger syrup looks like fun!) I also love this pie. I am a huge fan of brown butter as well…mmmm….ReplyCancel

  • BlancheOctober 5, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Ginger syrup! GOODNESS! My mind is cranking with possibilities.ReplyCancel

  • SmedetteOctober 5, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the pie recipe. I love pie, but cannot seem to ever get the crust right…

    And as for the gift box – WOW! Everything looks amazing, but I’m very excited for the gingersnaps.ReplyCancel

  • Jill@FreestyleFarmOctober 5, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    I just came across your recipe, and LOVE it!!! It’s also beautifully style : )
    I can’t wait to try it this weekend (our Canadian Thanksgiving). I’ve got tons of sage, so this is perfect!
    Thanks for sharing. x
    ps. I’ve also tried everything in that gift box, and it’s all wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • heidiOctober 5, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    I would love to be eating a chocolate and pumpkin brownie-yum! you can also send that pie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • DebbieOctober 5, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    That is a seriously tough choice – they all look fantastic! I’d have to go with the ginger syrup for its uniqueness. Your pie looks scrumptious, and the aroma must be amazing, too!ReplyCancel

  • Cookin' CanuckOctober 5, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    My mum and I liked to cook together too, but never tackled pies – simply because we were both crust-challenged (I still am). Brown butter, sage and apples – really, Brian, I can’t think of a better combination.

    That gift basket is so pretty and everything in it is tempting, but I would have to say that the ginger syrup caught my eye and imagination right away.ReplyCancel

  • Krista G.October 5, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    The ginger syrup…yummmmm.ReplyCancel

  • JacquiOctober 5, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Your pie looks and sounds amazing! I love mixing herbs with fruits for an unexpected twist. I think I’m most excited about the ginger syrup; it’s something I’ve never had before!ReplyCancel

  • nicholeOctober 5, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    I would LOVE to try the pumpkin brownie… plus everything else :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Panini HappyOctober 5, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    So glad you entered the world of pie-making – this one looks incredible! Sage brings such fabulous earthy flavor, I love it. The gift basket looks fantastic as well – I’m most excited about the maple syrup. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Becca at It's YummiliciousOctober 5, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    Lord have mercy… I have to pick ONE favorite from that box?! How’s a girl supposed to do that when EVERYTHING looks scrumptious?! OK OK… I guess if I have to pick ONE, it would be the ginger syrup…. or maybe the maple syrup… OMG, I can’t decide! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing ItOctober 5, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    Your pie looks so delicious! I’d definitely be most excited about the maple syrup — I’m addicted to that stuff :)ReplyCancel

  • KathrynOctober 5, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Brownies and pumpkin together a last?! Yes, please :)ReplyCancel

  • LisaOctober 5, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    There’s something really special about those sugar maples in northwestern Mass. I am excited to try Maggie’s find from Williamstown, so if I don’t win, I’ll just have to send myself a nifty care package from Eat Boutique! Oh, and yesiree, I am indeed making that pie. It’s a beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ A Healthy JalapeñoOctober 5, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    This looks excellent and your pictures are beautiful!!!! Hello new Apple Pie!ReplyCancel

  • TracyOctober 5, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Oh, my! Everything looks wonderful, and I’d love to have the syrups to use. But I can tell you that those Whole Grain Lady Birds would be devoured within minutes of arrival.ReplyCancel

  • MissiOctober 5, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    Brian – I never knew this business about you and pies! What a wonderful thing to delve into and a very appropriate post with to go along with the current holiday season. When looking at the Fall Handmade Gift Box from Eat Boutique I couldn’t help but be struck by the Chocolate Ginger Snaps! Who doesn’t LOVE a ginger snap cookie!?!? I ask you! And being as busy as I am in grad school, I try to find a tasty treat to share with my colleagues when we’re all too busy studying for finals, finishing up our clinical placements, and sharing notes for our looming comprehensive exams – Chocolate Gingersnaps would be the perfect addition to our grad lounge! Kudos to you on a wonderful post and a lovely apple pie (and crust!) recipe… I’ve never made my own pie crust before and am inspired by your entry… hopefully I’ll have time to make it for this year’s Thanksgiving meal!

    Cheers, always…
    MissReplyCancel

  • shannonOctober 5, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    pumpkin filled brownie? yes please. oh, and some ginger syrup too!

    but browned butter in my apple pie… i might just have to try that if i get a chance to bake this weekend!!

    ps- congrats on the FB nominations, you got my vote!ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKOctober 5, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    Love this pie, Brian! And you’re right, anything with brown butter turns magical. Adding in sage just takes it to another level. I’d pick ginger syrup. No question.ReplyCancel

  • AdryonOctober 5, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    You’re going to make me decide between that brownie or ginger syrup?!?

    Everything in that box and this post is knocking my socks off.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenOctober 5, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    That ginger syrup has my name all over it! I’m a serious ginger fanatic. Love the sage and brown butter twist on this American classic!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea @ cleanupeatup.comOctober 5, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    The Chocolate Gingersnaps sound fantastic!! I also love this pie post today – how beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • jeannetteOctober 5, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    the pumpkin-filled brownies sound amazing!! but that’s pretty much tied with the maple syrup… i keep telling myself i need to pick some up but i just can’t seem to justify the price when all the goodies i want to bake would use up almost the whole bottle :(ReplyCancel

  • shivaniOctober 5, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    I am DEFINITELY psyched to try the ginger syrup from Morris Kitchen. Coming from an Indian household, ginger is abundant in our savoury dishes. This syrup would be an amazing way to infuse my favourite flavour into something a bit sweeter. I can definitely forsee drizzling a touch of this on some vanilla bean ice cream, and better yet, as a sweetener for my chai!ReplyCancel

  • JoeyfromSCOctober 5, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    That looks amazing! drooling haha

    the pumpkin-filled brownie from Blissful Brownies is my FAVE item in their! wow!

    Thanks for the chance!:)

    ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

    Joey J.ReplyCancel

  • FayeOctober 5, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    I would be thrilled to try all of the things in the box, but the ginger syrup sounds amazing! I love ginger, and have never seen anything like this!ReplyCancel

  • DorotheaOctober 5, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    The Crispy Chocolate Gingersnaps certainly have me excited – the name alone reminds me of my favorite holidays and foods – I just love, love, love everything about the upcoming season!ReplyCancel

  • Julie @BananasForBourbonOctober 5, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Pumpkin! pumpkin-filled brownies for sure :)ReplyCancel

  • InnkeeperVAOctober 5, 2011 - 6:06 pm

    as an innkeeper maple syrup is always on my fave list! I will FALL for anything Fall. :)ReplyCancel

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and YogaOctober 5, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    The ginger syrup sounds awesome and what a beautiful pie it is.

    And congrats on your Foodbuzz nomination!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin HOctober 5, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    Pumpkin filled brownie? Yes please! The rest of the goodies are quite enticing as well.ReplyCancel

  • GenevieveOctober 5, 2011 - 8:20 pm

    I love the idea of adding sage to your apple pie. I actually just made my first pie from scratch tonight too (testing out a recipe for Thanksgiving) – I’m a bit afraid to cut into it to see if it turned out!

    I would love the maple syrup in that gift box, as I have recently begun using the good stuff…but I’m most intrigued by the ginger syrup!ReplyCancel

  • VeronicaOctober 5, 2011 - 8:42 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! Each item is so unique and sounds lovely! I am especially excited by the sound of “rich pumpkin-filled brownies”. One word – wow.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ pão e queijoOctober 5, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    Your pie looks amazing! What a unique combination of flavors. The gift box is simply stunning, I would love EVERYTHING!!! But if I had to choose one thing I’m most excited about, I think it would have to be the sweet ginger syrup… so fun!ReplyCancel

  • JennieOctober 5, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    The pumpkin filled brownie sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Anne@frommysweetheartOctober 5, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    My mom used to make the pretty traditional apple pie. It was good. But I love the addition of sage and brown butter here! It just looks beautiful! (And my pie crusts made with lard have never come out quite as good as the ones I’ve made with just butter!)ReplyCancel

  • janet@fromcupcakestocaviarOctober 5, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    This is so cool sounding! I love apple pie and use apples and sage often with pork but it never occurred to me to use them together in pie. Awesome idea!ReplyCancel

  • Baker StreetOctober 5, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Hey Bri! The pie looks fantastic! Hope you’ll come and share it on our blog hop http://bakerstreet.tv/2011/10/01/apple-blog-hop-cream-cheese-apple-tart/ReplyCancel

  • liam silvesterOctober 5, 2011 - 11:10 pm

    everything in the box looks tasty!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethOctober 6, 2011 - 12:05 am

    Absolutely the maple syrup. I can’t live without the stuff! I love the idea of adding herbs to dessert. Apple and sage seem like a natural marriage. Add brown butter into the mix? I’m sold!ReplyCancel

  • AnnOctober 6, 2011 - 1:04 am

    The pie is amazing….and I’m glad you found a pie crust recipe that suits your dietary needs! Thank you for the giveaway – as soon as I saw the oat cookies with cranberries I KNEW what excited me most! Beautiful recipe and photos (as always).ReplyCancel

  • CorrieOctober 6, 2011 - 1:13 am

    I adore adore all things ginger, so I’m super excited about the ginger syrup! Pick me, pick me! 😛ReplyCancel

  • ShelleeOctober 6, 2011 - 6:42 am

    My head is spinning with the possibilities of the ginger syrup!ReplyCancel

  • AmandaOctober 6, 2011 - 6:53 am

    That ginger syrup sounds phenominal. We have pancake day here every Saturday and I would love to pour that on a pile of warm pancakes. I bet it would be good mixed with some of the blueberry syrup I made this summer.ReplyCancel

  • Jason PhelpsOctober 6, 2011 - 9:49 am

    You had me at sage & apples in a pie. I’ve not actually done that, although that flavor combo shows up elsewhere in my kitchen!

    Pie crust is an interesting animal. I’ve been making pies for a long time, and have fleeting memories of the 300 or so we made in 2004 & 2005 for a cancer fundraiser!

    I did a series of experiments in January (in the blog of course) before a local pie competition and learned a few things. Lard crusts are great, if of course you eat lard, but only for savory pies, not sweet ones. A combination of butter and shortening is my favorite, and all butter crusts don’t work well. All shortening are much more common and seem to work ok, but to me lack flavor.

    I also learned from the winners of the competition that cooking your apples before making the pie is a key to it being cooked well in side when you can only see how well it is cooked outside in the final stage. With that knowledge I’ll be back in 2012 to try again for some apple pie cred!

    Oh, and your pies are always going to be prettier than mine. But you know me and I’m figuring that isn’t a news story.

    JasonReplyCancel

  • Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}October 6, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Beautiful pictures as always :) The Lark cookies sounds absolutely heavenly!ReplyCancel

  • JanOctober 6, 2011 - 11:04 am

    I’ve never heard of ginger syrup and would love to try itReplyCancel

  • Trevor Sis BoomOctober 6, 2011 - 11:29 am

    I simply HAVE to make this pie. Have. To. And even though you hold your fork funny I would be ALL OVER that Ginger Syrup if I should win it. And if I don’t win it, i will have to make it. lol. Loving your blog btw. (Come visit some day!)

    Trevor.ReplyCancel

  • Trevor Sis BoomOctober 6, 2011 - 11:29 am

    P.S. I found you through your Heart of Darkness post. Loved it!ReplyCancel

  • MirkaOctober 6, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    As a True French Canadian, I love me some maple syrup! The one from Sweet Brook Farm looks awesome! 😀

    Keep up the great work on the blog!ReplyCancel

  • naomiOctober 6, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    Great looking pie, Brian! That crust looks perfect.
    And I am definitely most interested in that ginger syrup. I never such thing existed, but I’m thinking I really need that for my baking pantry!ReplyCancel

  • RachelOctober 6, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Most excited about the pumpkin brownie! And I also can’t wait to make this pie with the apples I just got in my CSA.ReplyCancel

  • KimberleyOctober 6, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    I am amazed, Brian, that you made a beautiful crust on your first try last year! I had such miserable luck with my first attempts that I totally gave up on them. And this pie, oh em gee, it’s just perfection. (I am going to pass on the gift box. Making so many treats already in preparation for the holiday season that I don’t need anymore! :)ReplyCancel

  • JenOctober 6, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    I love your pictures! Pumpkin filled brownies sounds amazing =)ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgOctober 6, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Ok so here’s the thing. This pie looks scrumptious and the giveaway sounds fun but where did y’all get that shirt?? Is that your husband or you in the shots? Either way I want that shirt. It’s adorable.

    And that ginger syrup has me all tingly with excitement. Why didn’t I know such a thing existed?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Modern BitesOctober 6, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I adore sage but I am terrified of using too much after a massive Thanksgiving stuffing fail! A little fresh sage goes a LONG way haha

    I didn’t get a chance to meet you and say ‘HI!’ last night at the bloggers bash but hopefully next time I will! :)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SternOctober 6, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    That ginger syrup sounds like a perfect ingredient to bake my own brownies,cookies and especially to heat and use over fall compote.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy SternOctober 6, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    One more thing about your crust…it is perfect and can only be slightly better using very chilled liquid…just had to share…it is the cooking teacher in me….ReplyCancel

  • SippitysupOctober 6, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Ginger Syrup! Also, I just made my first pie using solidified coconut oil. Every bit as good as lard IMHO. GREGReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessOctober 6, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    Your crust looks perfect! I see many more pies in the future. I never heard of Eat Boutique before. This gift basket looks wonderful. Love this giveaway and am craving a slice of your PIE (my favorite pie is apple, btw)xoReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsOctober 6, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Bri, This pie looks so darn good & honestly I don’t even love pies, but saying that pretty please send me a slice! lolReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionOctober 6, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    That is one seriously stunning pie. And, I am intrigued by the addition of sage. I have to try it!ReplyCancel

  • CoriOctober 6, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    Brian, this pie looks amazing. Apple pie is one of the few things I bake regularly, so I am definitely going to have to try this.

    That box is full of yummy fall yumminess! For sure, the #1 thing on my list in there is that amazing-sounding maple syrup (I checked with the roomie, and he agrees. A rarity!). A quality maple syrup is a special treat, indeed — a really delicious syrup so far outpaces it’s supermarket counterparts that it’s worthy of the #1 box ranking in my house.

    Thanks for the fabulous posts and this great giveaway!!!

    Cori :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ThompsonOctober 7, 2011 - 12:45 am

    I’m really excited about the ginger syrup from Morris Kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • ChauOctober 7, 2011 - 1:00 am

    Most definitely the maple syrup! :)ReplyCancel

  • joOctober 7, 2011 - 1:18 am

    There is no choosing. I want this pie as a first course, a spoonful of that maple syrup, stir some ginger syrup into tea, dunk in a lady bird cookie…followed up by that pumpkin filled brownie and a chocolate gingersnap. My birthday is next week and this is what I’m wishing for. :)ReplyCancel

  • Christopher NguyenOctober 7, 2011 - 8:50 am

    My favorite Fall/Thanksgiving dessert? PUMPKIN PIE.
    What am I known for being? A CHOCOHOLIC.

    So what’s my favorite item in Eat Boutique’s Fall gift basket?
    Definitely Blissful Brownie’s Pumpkin-filled brownie: that sounds like perfection!

    Great post by the way! That pie looks deeeeelish!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraOctober 7, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Maple SyrupReplyCancel

  • KarenOctober 7, 2011 - 9:35 am

    the Lark cookies…not only because they sound delicious, but my daughter’s name is Lark!ReplyCancel

  • CharOctober 7, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Ginger syrup for me. Who knew there was such a thing?ReplyCancel

  • Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet ToothOctober 7, 2011 - 9:40 am

    What a beautiful pie and this gift basket looks awesome! I would be most excited about the chocolate gingersnaps! Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley ROctober 7, 2011 - 9:43 am

    What a wonderful box! I think I would love the cookies since ginger snaps and chocolate are two of my favorite things. But what really intreges me is the Ginger syrup. I was thinking wouldn’t it be wnderful to use it to make ice cream and serve it with the cookies. You could really dress up, cottage cheese with a drizzle, or punch up hot cocoa. Oh, I’m getting excited at the thought of all I culd do with it. Please,let it be me. : 0ReplyCancel

  • SandyOctober 7, 2011 - 9:46 am

    The ginger syrup is definitely interesting!ReplyCancel

  • Jan ROctober 7, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Ginger syrup for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara BlackwellOctober 7, 2011 - 10:08 am

    The pie looks lovely – I will definitely try it for Thanksgiving.

    The most delectable item in the box? Absolutely the ginger syrup…. I recently watched Chef Jamie Oliver’s show on strawberries….He trimmed the tops off strawberries then lined them up (top down) in a casserole, drizzled them with vanilla bean infused ginger syrup, heated them for 3 minutes under the broiler and finally served them up with ice cream and crushed shortbread cookies. This box has a great start on this little feast….if only you could include Jamie…then it would be perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda CruzOctober 7, 2011 - 10:25 am

    The Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies look sooo good! What a beautiful array of items for any kitchen lover!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!October 7, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Oh – those flavours together in the apple pie!!! Awesome. Browned butter rocks my world. And isn’t it funny how our parents’ fears infect us… My mom always told me as a kid how Very Dangerous it was to make caramel – and to this day i have issues with making it!!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl BunnellOctober 7, 2011 - 11:00 am

    It all looks amazing, but you can never have enough real maple syrup!ReplyCancel

  • DonnaOctober 7, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    They had me at chocolate gingersnaps and then the ginger syrup put me over the edge! Cute little box to win!ReplyCancel

  • charlie girlOctober 7, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    I’d have to say I’m most excited about the ginger syrup. How interesting, and I love ginger, I can imagine a whole bunch of things to use it with, but mostly apples, as I live in Washington State, and in season. I’ve got a basket full waiting right now~!ReplyCancel

  • alyce@culinarythymes.comOctober 7, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing. Got a ton of sage in the herb garden. Perfect use for it!ReplyCancel

  • ChristineOctober 7, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!ReplyCancel

  • HannahOctober 7, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    I’m most excited about the maple syrup — I LOVE maple syrup. I’d just have to try and control myself!ReplyCancel

  • yossy | apt2bbakingcoOctober 7, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    That ginger syrup has my name all over it.
    p.s. Great shirt!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie MOctober 7, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    The pumpkin-filled brownie is beyond intriguing! My two favorite things, pumpkin and chocolate, combined into my favorite baked good, brownies!! Very exciting!!ReplyCancel

  • Athena ROctober 7, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    What a delicious looking pie! I would love to try the ginger syrup.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa GOctober 7, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    The pumpkin filled brownie!ReplyCancel

  • SueOctober 7, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    Wow! Pie looks great, and the gift box is an amazing set of treats. Yum. I would definitely choose the maple syrup since we use that weekly with our homemade multigrain buttermilk pancakes! But the cookies would be a close second.ReplyCancel

  • Erica @ Boston RookieOctober 8, 2011 - 8:41 am

    Yum, pie!! I’d choose the maple syrup!ReplyCancel

  • KathyOctober 8, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    I thought the ginger syrup was intriguing and nicely packaged. There are so many uses for ginger, so this is a great product. I am interested to try your apple-brown butter-sage apple pie recipe!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherOctober 8, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    So hard to choose a favorite gift box item, but I’d have to go with the ginger syrup.I’m sure it would make for a lovely fall cocktail!

    Also, thank you for posting this pie recipe. I’ve never made brown butter before, but will be trying this out along with a traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner this weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantryOctober 8, 2011 - 10:20 pm

    My mom never made pie and she didn’t have a good reason either. It is a revelation when you finally make it for the first time, though–especially a really good recipe. :)

    The gift box looks amazing! I think the ginger syrup is most intriguing to me.ReplyCancel

  • DeeElleOctober 9, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Oh, my goodness! The ginger syrup! So many interesting things to try: glazes and frostings, muffins, scones, cookies, not to mention blueberry-ginger-cinnamon rols, lemon-ginger shortbread; apple and ginger glazed pork loin, grilled swordfish with citrus-ginger chutney!
    Thanks for the wonderful post and the opportunity to participate.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaOctober 9, 2011 - 10:07 am

    “brown butter anything…” SO TRUE.

    Most excited about that Maple Syrple :)

    Love you. Love pie. Love A Thought for Food.ReplyCancel

  • Olivia PelhamOctober 9, 2011 - 11:55 am

    I can’t wait to try that pie recipe. I am usually hopeless with pies, but that one looks like it would be delicious even if it turned out in a more deconstructed form 😉
    I would love to try that maple syrup in the gift box. Growing up as an American in Europe, maple syrup was one of the things we did without, and so when we found an inn owned by a Canadian couple in the Ardennes in Belgium, it was so exciting to taste real maple syrup again. That rare taste is one of the things I remember well from my childhood. So, in my mind, maple syrup is one of those things that deserves to arrive packaged in a beautiful bottle, and tucked in a wooden box like a treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Dustin RennellsOctober 9, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    i’ve been trying to perfece joanne chang’s coco lime cooler from myers + chang, so the ginger syrup is on my must have list. i saw this gift box at twelve chairs and fell in love!ReplyCancel

  • Ash K.October 9, 2011 - 8:33 pm

    I’m most excited for the chocolate gingersnaps! I love gingersnaps but chocolate gingersnaps sound amazing!ReplyCancel

  • mary jane s.October 9, 2011 - 9:45 pm

    Since we are in winter already here almost 300 days of rain, and now they say (meterologists) a brutal winter of ice, snow and maybe a big storm that will be the most recorded snow..I am definitely excited about the Maple Syrup, it will go on all my pancakes and waffles I can make with this grill I have outside our home in the patio when the electricity goes out..we would have food and it will be hot, with no electricity in our home the Maple Syrup will taste fabulous! Love your blog a lot, get great food ideas, use them, they are healthy and not complicated! thanks for a wonderful giveaway..happy columbus day, happy halloween, happy veterans day and then thanksgiving and christmas and hanukkah!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Chambers-GoldbergOctober 9, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    I May already be too late to the party but just stumbled upon your site. GINGER SYRUP!! Although everything else looks especially tasty, the ginger syrup would force me to become creative on my own…something I’m usually scared of doing. 😉ReplyCancel

  • KitaOctober 9, 2011 - 10:57 pm

    I have been dying to see this post since you mentioned baking this pie on twitter. This pie sounds like it was long worth the wait (though, I can see there being some residual childhood apprehension – I totally get that!). My father has made the same apple pie for years, and everyone claims it to the be the best. I don’t want to make the best apple pie – because I will never be able to make one just like his. So, it’s time for me to start looking at new recipes.
    The ginger syrup sounds rather interesting looking at the box. Though the packaging on everything is beautiful and incising.ReplyCancel

  • CandiceOctober 10, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    The ginger syrup…wow! I’d love to try that! and I’ve had brownies from Blissful Brownies and they’re nothing short of amazing. Pumpkin filled brownies–what a great fall treat.

    I’m also going to try this pie recipe this afternoon. Thanks for the great recipe/instructions!ReplyCancel

  • SusanOctober 10, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    I see I’m late for the giveaway but wanted to comment anyway since I just discovered your blog; Googled for recipes with apple and sage, since I suddenly have an abundance of both! This pie looks amazing and appears to be worthy of my first pie from scratch, which I think I’ll make this weekend.

    Those gift boxes are super cute! The ginger syrup in the fall box would be my pick, as I’m currently expecting my first baby and having lots of fun with syrups and other flavorings to make water more exciting to drink :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann D.October 10, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    It all looks wonderful, but I think the ginger syrup looks amazing. I really want to try that!ReplyCancel

  • MeganOctober 11, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    You had me at brown butter! I’ve never thought of adding sage to an apple pie, but 1) I love the look of the sage on top of the crust and 2) I love sage. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • SookOctober 11, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    What a fantastic looking pie!ReplyCancel

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  • ElianaOctober 12, 2011 - 11:32 am

    Brian – this pie could seriously not look more amazing. It’s pie perfection!ReplyCancel

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  • KimberliOctober 14, 2011 - 10:43 am

    Oooh! Ginger Syrup! Ginger Syrup! Ginger Syrup! Ginger Syrup! My inner recipe head is spinning with possibilities!!!
    And your pie looks delish!!ReplyCancel

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  • Boulder LocavoreNovember 9, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    Some things are worth waiting for and if you had to wait to make a pie, this one is worth it. Simply perfect Brian. The flavors sound a sophisticate’s take on an American staple. So glad you shared it for the TG LinkUp. You’ll make many people very happy! Beautiful photos as always.ReplyCancel

  • RoseNovember 18, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Cherry-wood smoked salt – I’m swooning. Nothing could add a chef-level panache to an already great recipe more than a special salt. This bespoke salt curls around your mind like the smoke from a woodstove, intoxicating and warming.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pane SchaffnerNovember 13, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Brian: I have always loved the combination of apple and sage (I bake a cake with these ingredients, mine has oive oil instead of butter: http://www.ztastylife.com/2011/11/torta-di-mele-con-olio-salvia-e-limone-lemon-olive-oil-sage-cake.html). Your pie looks so incredibly beautiful and would fit wonderfully on a country-side Thanksgiving table.ReplyCancel

  • Z Tasty LifeNovember 13, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Brian: I have always loved the combination of apple and sage (I bake a cake with these ingredients, mine has oive oil instead of butter: http://www.ztastylife.com/2011/11/torta-di-mele-con-olio-salvia-e-limone-lemon-olive-oil-sage-cake.html). Your pie looks so incredibly beautiful and would fit wonderfully on a country-side Thanksgiving table.ReplyCancel

  • Emilie MayOctober 7, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    The different sugars look so interesting.. and yummy.ReplyCancel