Pies on Parade Recipe Highlight: Fudge Pecan Pie from LimeRock Inn

As we get closer and closer to the Pies on Parade Pie Tour on January 25, 2015 we wanted to highlight a few of the recipes for pies which tourgoers will be trying.  Each pie venue will feature different pies, many offering a sweet and a savory pie for tasting.

Plan to come hungry to Pies on Parade and pace yourself.  With 25 different stops, you have to take small bites in order to taste all the pies!  You won’t want to miss one.

If you do not yet have tickets to the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour, call soon while they’re still available.  Tickets almost always sell out.  Call 207-596-6611 for your tickets today.

The LimeRock Inn will be featuring their Fudge Pecan Pie this year.  While nothing is better than the real thing, if you want to try recreating this pie at home, here’s the recipe.

LimeRock Inn Fudge Pecan Pie

CRUST

1 cup flour
1 dash salt
¼ cup vegetable shortening
1 Tbsp. salted butter, cold
6-7 Tbsp. ice water

Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut shortening and butter into small pieces and add to flour/salt mixture. Using a pastry cutter, combine ingredients. Create a well in the center of the bowl and gently stir in cold water using a fork.  Once ingredients are wet, gently work ingredients into a ball of dough with your hands.  On a slightly floured surface flatten ball with your hand creating a circle.  Roll dough evenly from the center of the circle until dough is approximately 12” in diameter.  Place dough on a non-stick 9” pie plate.  Trim the edges.

FILLING

½ cup salted butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa
¾ cup hot water
2 cups sugar
½ cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz. evaporated milk
1 cup pecan halves

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter and add cocoa.  Stir until dissolved.  Add hot water, sugar, flour and salt and gently whisk. Add evaporated milk and vanilla. Whisk until batter is smooth.  Remove from heat.  Put pecan halves in the bottom of the crust. Immediately pour batter over pecans.  Bake for 50 minute or until the knife comes out clean.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Note from the chefs:  This pie is easiest to handle when served chilled.  Alternatively, serve at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

 

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Live Auction to Support Local Food Pantry

Right about now, the 25 businesses participating in Pies on Parade are becoming a little pie-eyed. Pie is on every participant’s mind right now for the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour.  And, this year, the Silent Auction and Pie Party that precedes the Pie Tour will be bigger and better, creating even more ways to donate to the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry, the recipient of 100% of the funds raised from the Pie Weekend.  The Silent Auction and Pre-Pie Party will be held at Trackside Station on Union Street in Rockland, January 24th from 5:00 – 7:00pm, with the auction ending at 6:30pm.

Here are just some of the highlights in store for the Live Auction and Pie Party:

  • Trackside Station will have a complete menu of pie themed cocktails on the menu, including such favorites as Mint Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie and Good ol Apple Pie, each including a delicious concoction of spirits and juices.  Trackside Station will donate 50-percent of the proceeds from the sale of these drinks to the AIO Food Pantry.
  • A number of unique and useful items will be on the auction table including this hand-written letter from Don McLean proclaiming his wife, Patrisha as Mrs. American Pie for her fabulous Lemon Meringue Pie, the never-before-published recipe for that pie, some of Patrisha’s best pie-making devices, including one that is little known but revolutionizes pie-making attempts, and a signed CD from Don McLean.
  • Prizes include restaurant gift certificates from Café Miranda, Terra Optima, Blackboard Deli, Archers on the Pier, McLoons Lobster, the Chowder House, Hannaford plus more.  Spas, including Rheal Day Spa, Skin Klinic and Synnergy have donated treatment gift certificates too.  There are boat rides from Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventures, a signed cookbook and jams from the J&E Riggins, coffee from Rock City Roasters and so much more.
  • Rockland’s own Miller Clan will be on hand to provide live music throughout the night.

One hundred percent of proceeds from both the Silent Auction and ticket sales for the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour will benefit the AIO Food Pantry, serving 17 communities throughout Midcoast Maine.  Additionally, funds are being collected via special oil collection cans at the Silent Auction and throughout the Pie Tour, for the AIO Fuel Assistance Program. Maritime Energy has agreed to match up to $2000 of the funds raised for the Fuel Assistance Fund too.

Get psyched for the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour, being held January 25 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.  Attend the Pies on Parade Pre-Party, and make it a complete Pie Weekend of events.  You can eat and drink your pie-fill all weekend, and raise money so hungry Maine families can eat pie too.  Entry to the Pie Pre-party on January 24 is open to the public and free with no admission.  Tickets for the Pies on Parade event on January 25th are $30 each, and must be reserved in advance by calling 207-596-6611.

For more information on Pies on Parade, visit http://www.historicinnsofrockland.com/whats-new-2/.

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Pies on Parade Recipe Highlight: Berry Manor Inn’s Blueberry Pie

From now until Pie Day, we’re highlighting pie recipes which will be featured at the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour on January 25th.  While National Pie Day is celebrated each year on January 23rd, the annual Pies on Parade event always takes place on the closest Sunday to that date.

Why Pie?  We think it’s America’s favorite winter comfort food, but better yet, it’s a wonderful way to raise important funds for the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry.  We know people love to eat pie on a chilly winter day, so what better way to raise funds so others can eat pie than by holding a big Pie-A-Thon from one end of Rockland to the other!

Each $30 Pies on Parade ticket follows the 3-4-5 formula: a $30 ticket translates to 3 meals a day for a family of 4 for 5 days!  Since all proceeds from Pies on Parade are donated to the AIO Food Pantry, ticket holders can feel good knowing your day of pie-joyment will provide 60 meals to hungry families on Maine’s Midcoast. The Area Interfaith Outreach Center serves an average of 759 people each month, and 313 families.  The Pies on Parade Tour is their largest fundraiser of the year. We hope you’ll purchase a ticket and help the cause. Simply call 207-596-6611 to order your ticket today.  By doing so, you’ll provide 60 meals to needy families this year!

Berry Manor Inn serves up pie to guests 365 days a year. They are true pie gourmets.  While the best way to try this pie is to enjoy it on the Pie Tour, here is the recipe if you wish to re-create it at home.

Berry Manor Inn Pie Mom’s Ally’s Blueberry Pie

Pie Crust (Ally’s version is a thinner, flakey pie crust)

1 ½ cups flour
½ cup Crisco shortening (8 Tbsp.)
5-7 Tbsp. cold water

In a medium sized bowl, work flour and shortening together into pea-size balls.  Make a depression in the center of the flour mixture and add cold water one tablespoon at a time up to five.  Mix and continue to add tablespoons of cold water until the dough forms an adhesive ball.  Cover the ball with a damp paper towel and prepare the pie filling.

Pie Filling

4 cups Maine blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
¾ cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. tapioca

Preheat oven to 400°. Place all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix well.

When ready to assemble the pie, divide the dough into even sized balls and roll out on a well-floured board. Add the desired filling and cover with the top crust, rolling the edges of the bottom crust over the top crust for a tight seal.  Pinch the two crusts together around the circumference of the pie.  Add four slits for vent holes or draw a season-specific decoration. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until crust is golden.

 

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5 ways to support AIO’s Food Pantry

While the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour may be based in Rockland, Maine, the event supports needy Mainers throughout the Midcoast. In fact, funds raised from Pies on Parade benefit 313 needy families each month in 17 Midcoast communities through the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program.  This year 26 businesses will participate in Pies on Parade on Sunday, January 25, 1:00-4:00m. Offering sweet and savory pies for hungry tour-goers and bearing all costs for ingredients and manpower, 100-percent of the funds raised from this event will help the food-insecure people and families from Appleton to Tenants Harbor, Maine and 15 other Midcoast communities in-between.  And it doesn’t stop there. Schooner Bay Taxi will donate transportation to take tourgoers between pie venues and Maritime Energy is also making a special donation matching up to $2,000 in donations via special collection cans to help provide oil throughout the colder months.

There are plenty of ways that businesses throughout the Midcoast can participate and help to raise funds for hungry Midcoast Mainers.

5 ways to support AIO’s Food Pantry

  1. If you’re a lodging property, create a package combining an overnight stay with tickets to Pies on Parade.  This event creates one of the busiest weekends in January, and plenty of people are looking for overnight packages.  Tickets for packaging may be pre-purchased by calling 207-596-6611.
  2. If you’re a restaurant, why not donate a portion of sales from National Pie Day (celebrated each year on January 23) or on Sunday January 25th (the day of the event) to the AIO Food Pantry.  Alternatively, how about creating a special post-pie dish for pie-goers then donate a portion of the proceeds from that dish?
  3. Retailers, lodging properties, restaurants, spas, service providers are all encouraged to donate a prize for the pre-tour Silent Auction being held at Trackside Restaurant on Saturday, January 24, 4:00 – 6:00pm.  Ideal items include overnight getaways, gift certificates, products and much more.  All proceeds will benefit the AIO Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program.
  4. If you are unable to donate to the Silent Auction, plan to attend the event and purchase items to support the food pantry.
  5. Most importantly, plan to attend the 2015 Pies on Parade Tour and support the food pantry with your ticket purchase(s).  Since friends don’t let friends eat pie alone, be sure to bring other pie revelers with you too.

Won’t you help? The Area Interfaith Outreach Center serves an average of 759 people each month, and 313 families. The communities served by the AIO Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program include Appleton, Camden, Cushing, Friendship, Hope, Owl’s Head, Rockland, Rockport, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, St. George, Tenants Harbor, Thomaston, Union, Vinalhaven, Warren, and Washington.  This means that every donation for the Pies on Parade Tour and Silent Auction translates into meals for needy families throughout the Midcoast and Islands can too.

Please call 207-596-6611 to order tickets and/or to offer prize donations and let organizers know about restaurant and lodging specials too.

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Pie Tour event means food and oil for needy Midcoast families

While sampling 50 or more varieties of pie may seem decadent to you, each person who joins in the pie-fun during the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Tour on Sunday, January 25 helps to put food on the table for a needy Midcoast Maine family.  This year, with some help from Maritime Energy, not only will Pie Tour tickets translate to food, but proceeds from the tour will also keep low-income families warm this winter through donations of oil. During this season of giving, remember that a ticket to the Pies on Parade Pie Tour is not only a wonderful experience for you or someone on your list, but also an important contribution to needy families throughout Maine’s Midcoast.

All proceeds from Pies on Parade benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program. Over the past ten years, more than $85,500 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Midcoast families. New for this year, donation collection cans have been distributed to businesses throughout Rockland, and will be found at each venue participating on the Pie Tour.  From now through the annual Pie Tour, everyone is encouraged to “buy a gallon” of oil with a donation.  All monies collected will be matched in oil by Maritime Energy up to $2,000. With this year’s donation, Historic Inns of Rockland are planning to bring the total donations to the $100,000 over the tenure of this event.

Each $30 ticket follows the 3-4-5 formula: a $30 ticket translates to 3 meals a day for a family of 4 for 5 days!  Since all proceeds from Pies on Parade are donated to the AIO Food Pantry, you can feel good knowing your day of pie-joyment will provide 60 meals to hungry families on Maine’s Midcoast.

Additionally, a Silent Auction will be held at the Trackside Restaurant on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 4-6pm.  Look for overnight getaways, gift certificates, products and much more.  Again, all proceeds will benefit the AIO Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program.

Give the gift of pie to those on your list this season and you’ll be giving the gift of food or oil to a needy person too.  For more information, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com. To purchase tickets, call 207- 596-6611.  Leave a message and your call will be returned within 24-hours.

 

 

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PIES ON PARADE PIE TOUR TICKETS GO ON SALE RIGHT AFTER THANKSGIVING

While others are getting ready for the Thanksgiving and December holidays, the Historic Inns of Rockland and participating  Pies on Parade Pie Tour businesses already have their sights set on the next holiday, National Pie Day!  The annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour observes National Pie Day, traditionally scheduled on the closest Sunday to this auspicious holiday.  This year, the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour will take place January 25, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Tickets for the Pies on Parade Pie Tour will go on sale Saturday, November 29th.   Tickets can be reserved by calling 207-596-6611 or may be purchased in person from any of the three participating Historic Inns of Rockland including Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn or Granite Inn.   Pies on Parade Pie Tour tickets make a great holiday gift for that person who has everything but enough pie and pie ideas!

Nearly 30 Rockland venues are expected to participate in Pies on Parade and the list is growing in celebration of the 11th year of this event. Not to be outdone by inns and restaurants, a number of additional Rockland, ME businesses have signed on for the “Pie-rade” including the Maine Lighthouse Museum, Maine Audubon Puffin Project, Rockland Public Library and Bartlett Woods Adult Living Center. Plus while walking between venues helps to burn calories, Schooner Bay Taxi will provide transportation at designated stops, making it more efficient to hit as many pie stops as possible.

All proceeds from Pies on Parade benefit the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry & Fuel Assistance Program. Over the past ten years, more than $85,500 has been donated to AIO’s Food Pantry from this event to help provide food for Midcoast  families. New for 2015, there will be collection cans at each venue where pie goers will be encouraged to “buy a gallon” of oil with a donation.  All monies collected will be matched in oil by Maritime Energy up to $2,000. With this year’s donation, Historic Inns of Rockland are planning to bring the total donations to the $100,000 over the tenure of this event.

For more information, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com. To purchase tickets, call 207-596-6611 and don’t forget, tickets to the 11th Annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour make the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

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HISTORIC INNS OF ROCKLAND MAINE’S HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR AND FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PACKAGE INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM SANTA ON A LOBSTER BOAT & LOBSTER TRAP TREE TO HOLIDAY TOURS

Every year, the Historic Inns of Rockland cap off Festival of Lights with a Holiday House Tour on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year the Holiday House Tour will be held November 29, 1:00-4:00pm.  And once again the Historic Inns of Rockland will join with the Friends of the Rockland Public Library and two other Rockland inns nearby to jump start the spirit of the season. Participate in the tour and view historic inns  decked in all their holiday finery, while supporting Rockland’s Public Library, and then attend a wonderful table Christmas tree silent auction. Tickets for the tour are $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available now at the Rockland Public Library and on the day of at the Library or Berry Manor Inn, LimeRock Inn or Granite Inn.

The weekend is filled with the renowned “Lobster Trap Tree” featured on Discovery Channel’s America’s Extreme Trees, Santa arriving by lobster boat, holiday parades, tastings, samplings and demonstrations and so much more. Stay in Rockland for the Festival of Lights weekend taking advantage of the Historic Inns of Rockland’s affordable lodging package.

Plan to stay at one of the three Historic Inns of RocklandLimeRock Inn, Berry Manor Inn, or Granite Inn.  The Historic Inns of Rockland have wrapped your holiday shopping escape all up into one neat getaway. Their Festival of Lights package includes:

  • One night’s accommodations at your choice of three Historic Inns of Rockland, Friday, November 28 or Saturday, November 29, 2014
  • A sumptuous and hardy breakfast for everyone in the travel party
  • Canned food used to “vote” for your favorite float at the Festival of Lights Parade.
  • Two tickets to the Historic Holiday House Tour on Saturday, November 29th from 1-4 pm. and to the Silent Auction of Christmas Trees immediately following at the Rockland Public Library.
  • Two tickets to the “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” event on Main Street.
  • A Historic Inns of Rockland reusable shopping bag to help hold all the loot from your shopping, and filled with wrapping paper, tape, ribbon and a package of gift tags.

All this starting at $160 for single or double occupancy plus tax. * Specific policies for cancellations, advanced deposits, check in and check out times vary with individual inn.  Package cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Plan to kick off the holidays with Rockland, Maine’s weekend Festival of Lights Celebration, November28-29, 2014.  Santa will arrive by lobster boat, stores extend hours and a good old fashioned holiday parade, plus an Eat, Drink and Be Merry Saturday street celebration, along with the Historic Inns of Rockland’s Holiday House Tour are highlights of the weekend.

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If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

If you’re a parent or a manager, read on.  How often do you feel like you end the day exhausted, yelling at family members or  wishing for more patience for those you manage?

Ehether we are supervising kids at home or people at work, according to parenting expert Noël Janis-Norton, while there are many strategies for calmer and easier parenting, the one that is overlooked most often is “take care of you”.  According to Janis-Norton, A lot of stress in modern families comes from rushing and from expecting ourselves to do more, and more quickly, than we realistically can. This often leads to not getting quite enough sleep, to eating on the run, to not getting enough exercise and to even being more susceptible to viruses. When all these stress factors are piling up in our lives, what happens is that as soon as our children start doing something we don’t like, it feels like a much bigger irritant than on the days when we feel calm and rested and sane.” Similarly, anyone in the position of managing people at work know that when the boss ain’t happy, stress looms over the entire office and tension breeds trauma at work.

What’s the best way to take care of you?  Get away.  Totally away. Give yourself a chance for some R&R.  Nothing does the body more good than a romantic getaway to the Coast of Maine.  Take your mate and escape for a spontaneous romantic escape and we’re 99 percent sure  the feeling of calm will soon return within 24-hours and probably as soon as you walk into the doors of the three Historic Inns of Rockland.  Whether it’s the modern, chic stying at the Granite Inn, the wrap around porch and swing at the LimeRock Inn or the return to Victorian elegance at the Berry Manor Inn, any of the Historic Inns of Rockland will make the ideal destination for rest and rejuvenation.  You may feel you don’t have time to fit in a getaway, but if your body, mind and soul are stressed after a busy summer, you can’t afford not to do it, for the sake of your kids and those you love or manage.  A simple change of scenery, a heavenly night’s sleep and the chance for delicious food prepared without your lifting a finger offers just what you need to take care of you. Add to that a walk along the ocean or a historic lighthouse tour, and you have just what the doctor ordered to calm the nerves, naturally. A total escape from the pressure, plus the pampered hospitality offered at Historic Inns of Rockland is just what you need to be the calmer parent or manager you know you can be.

Chances are if you never fit your summer vacation in, you must feel you really need a break now.  Visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com for a complete availability calendar and do not pass “GO” as they say in Monopoly until you’ve booked your Historic Inns of Rockland getaway.

You can’t afford NOT to fit in a summer vacation.  And if you’ve already taken one, top of the summer with another romantic New England vacation to start the fall and school year refreshed.

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September is for lobster lovers in Rockland, Maine

Who says lobsters go away after Labor Day?  On the contrary, September and celebrate the fall lobster season with $10 lobster specials in restaurants September 15 – 20, 2014, topped off with the 2nd Annual Lobster Mac n Cheese contest on September 20, 2014.  Thirty professional and amateur chefs will compete for the Lobster Mac n Cheese champion award on September 20, 2:00-4:00pm at the Rockland Elks Club, 210 Rankin Street, Rockland. New this year!  The general public will be invited to taste the professional chefs’ creations by purchasing tickets for $10.00. Stay at any of the three Historic Inns of Rockland and enjoy elegant accommodations paired with a lobstericious experience when you book the Lobsterpalooza Package (Katy, please link this to the HIOR package page).

Restaurants throughout Southern and Midcoast Maine will offer $10 lobster specials including everything from appetizers to lobster dinners.  The exact special will vary from restaurant to restaurant, but all specials will be listed on the Maine Lobsterpalooza page at https://www.facebook.com/mainelobsterpalooza.

Restaurants from throughout Southern and Midcoast Maine will also compete for the title of Lobster Mac n Cheese Pro and Amateur chef of the year too.  To date the following restaurants have registered to compete and more are expected to join.

  • Chowderhouse Restaurant, Rockland, ME
  • DiMillo’s on the Water, Portland, ME
  • Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine, Freeport, ME
  • Graffam Brothers Seafood Market, Rockport, ME
  • Kenduskeag Golf Course/Wrong Turn Pub, Kenduskeag, ME
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, ME
  • East Wind Inn in Tenant’s Harbor, ME
  • The Black Harpoon, Port Clyde, ME

After the judging for the Lobster Mac n Cheese Contest, the doors will open to the public for tastings from the professional chefs competing.  Tickets for the tastings are $10 each and are available at the Camden and Rockland offices of the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce, State of Maine Cheese Company in Rockport, Grasshopper Shop in Rockland and Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta, ME.  Limited tickets will be sold so get your tickets in advance, as they may or may not be available at the door.

Combine luxurious inns with luscious lobster for the ideal fall getaway.  The Lobsterpalooza package is packed with value.  Available September 14-20, 2014, this two night package starts at $455 for double or single occupancy (price will vary depending upon inn and room choice). This package includes:

  • Two nights lodging at one of the three Historic Inns of Rockland
  • A hearty and delicious breakfast for two each morning
  • Two tickets to Capt. Jacks Lobster Adventure
  • Tickets to a Maine Lobster lunch for two on the wharf
  • Tour of the area’s oldest working lobster pound (reservations required)
  • 2 “Got Lob-Stah” t-shirts
  • 2 Chocolate Lobsters

If your stay includes September 20, your innkeeper can make arrangements to get Lobster Mac and Cheese tasting tickets (while supplies last).  This is not included in the package price.  Tickets are $10 each and must be reserved in advance.

Want even more lobsterishous fun? Add a third night and receive a collection of special offers from more than 40 local businesses for discounted museum tickets, discounted activity tickets, free desserts or appetizers with 2 dinner entrees, and 10% or greater from participating retailers, valued at over $300 and available only to guests of Historic Inns of Rockland.

Don’t put away your lobster cravings with your white shoes on Labor Day.  Plan your September getaway with Historic Inns of Rockland to coincide with the Lobsterpalooza celebration this year.

Lobsterpalooza is presented by Blueberry Broadcasting and sponsored by Rockland Savings Bank.  State of Maine Cheese Co, Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster, and Historic Inns of Rockland are all contributing sponsors.

Stay tuned to the Maine Lobsterpalooza Facebook page for regular updates in information and to www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com for all the resources you need to plan our Rockland, Maine getaway.

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The Perfect Pie: Tips from pie-making expert innkeepers at Historic Inns of Rockland

The innkeepers at Historic Inns of Rockland may not have always been experts in pie making, but after ten years of Pies on Parade Pie Tours and collectively more than 2000 pies made and served, you can bet that this is one group of innkeepers who are pious about their pies.  With the 11th Annual Pies on Parade event (January 25, 2015)  less than five months away the Historic Inns of Rockland, founders of the event, are already starting to get their rolling pins in order to organize the 25+ businesses that take part in this pie-a-thon from one end of Rockland’s Main Street to the other.  A fundraiser for the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, this year’s Pies on Parade Pie Tour is expected to bring the 11-year total raised from this event to more than $100,000.

As we approach the fall season, all eyes and appetites move toward heartier comfort foods, and when it comes to hearty and comfort, pie tops the list.  Therefore, the innkeepers from Historic Inns of Rockland want to share a few tips for perfect pies with our blog readers.  Try these ideas:

Tips from Ed Hantz, Granite Inn, for a beautiful pie crust

  • Start your pie with plenty of dough. A little extra can always be used to decorate the top.
  • Lay the dough into a 9-inch pie pan and trim to about an inch beyond the rim of the pan.
  • Fold the edge of the crust up and inward and crimp the dough with your fingers.
  • I like to build the crust to about ½ inch above the edge of the pan. This makes an extra deep pie.
  • Collect the dough trimming and roll them out again, and then cut with cookie cutters into shapes to decorate the top of the pie or quiche.

Tips from Cheryl Michaelsen, Berry Manor Inn, where pie is served to guests 365 days:

  • Don’t over think your pie dough; pie dough is very forgiving! If it is too wet, simply add more flour. If your dough is too thin, ball it up and re-roll it; if it’s too thick cut some off and keep rolling!
  • Mix the pie dough, and then wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it while you are mixing up the pie filling.  Chilling the dough for a half hour to several hours will make it easier to work with later.
  • If you are making many pies for a special occasion, mix the dough ahead of time and wrap it in plastic wrap first and then foil. After it’s wrapped, freeze it.  When you’re ready to use the dough, defrost it on the counter prior to rolling it out.
  • Here’s a time saver: Make fruit pies (apple, blueberry, cherry, raspberry, strawberry rhubarb, etc.)  ahead, but do not cook them immediately. Brush the pie with an egg wash (a beaten egg and a bit of milk or water) and sprinkle sugar over it; place a piece of wax paper over the top, then wrap tightly in foil and freeze.  When you need the pie un-wrap the foil, pull off the wax paper and place a piece of foil loosely over the top.  Place the frozen pie a cold oven covered, set the temperature and let the pre-heating oven work as the defrost cycle. Then, simply add approximately 10 to 15 minutes longer to your normal cook time.  Generally Berry Manor Inn’s pie makers bake fruit pies at 400 degrees for one hour and fifteen minutes then take off the foil cover and bake uncovered for another four to ten minutes until the crust is golden brown.  Freezing the uncooked pie ahead makes it far less work the day you need them.
  • Relax – Pie makes everything better!!!

Tips from the LimeRock Inn, developers of the signature Key LimeRock Pie:

  • For LimeRock Inn’s signature Key LimeRock Pie, rather than making a graham cracker crust, innkeepers use vanilla wafers and their secret ingredient, a half-cup of granola.  This combination is a total crowd pleaser.
  • One great way to serve pies – whether egg or fruit – is in tartlet form.  These mini-pies will go a long way and are easy to pop in the mouth as appetizers or dessert.  When making their Swiss Cheese and Bacon mini-quiches, LimeRock Inn innkeepers serve them right from the oven after transferring to a decorative platter.  They cool sufficiently while being served, yet still retain their right-from-the-oven freshness.
  • Timesaving Tip: If you’re worried about overworking your pie dough, put your dough ingredients in a food processor and spin the blade until ingredients are combined and dough is formed. This will also help save time. Afterward, wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour until it’s ready to use.

Tickets for the annual Pies on Parade Pie Tour sell out each year.  Overnight accommodations sell out even faster than tickets.  Book your Pies on Parade Package now including your own personal pie baked just for you, specially-organized pre-tour events like a Pie and Wine pairing, and tickets to the event!  Pies on Parade tickets go on sale right after Thanksgiving.  For more information on Pies on Parade and Historic Inns of Rockland, visit www.HistoricInnsofRockland.com.

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