Weekly Roundup: Dreaming of Pie Edition

Apple pie

You haunt my dreams.

I can’t stop thinking about pie. All day I’m distracted by the the thoughts of the pie I’m going to make this weekend. Will it use a pastry crust? A crumb crust? A cheddar crust? Will it be a fruit pie? Or a pudding pie? I don’t know why I didn’t start baking pies months ago – they’re just so fascinating.

Maybe this means I need more hobbies. Or, um, friends.

Recipes I want to try:

  • Parmesan popovers from Adventures in Shaw. Popovers are an excellent holiday feast food – they’re easy, tasty, and impressive.

And in other news:

  • The Arugula Files reviews the bar menu at Bourbon Steak, which is both decadent and reasonably priced.
  • Lemmonex reviews Masa 14, the hot new tapas restaurant on 14th Street. She is tired of tapas.
  • NPR has a good primer on quinces, which I’ve been wanting to try. I looked for them at the farmer’s market last weekend, but didn’t find any – anyone know if they’re available in this area?
  • The Tipsy Baker, aka writer Jennifer Reese, has a thoughtful, tough, review of Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, Eating Animals over at Double XX.
  • Gradually Greener previews a promising new social networking site for foodies, Smörgie.
  • The Internet Food Association is tired of cupcakes. I, personally, am tired of people who are tired of cupcakes. You’ll notice I tried to defend them in the comments, but, alas, the majority of comments are firmly in the anti-cupcake camp.
  • Capital Spice has google-mapped out all the restaurants on Tom Sietsema’s Fall Dining Guide (from the Post), Tim Carman’s 50 Best Restaurants (from the Washington City Paper), and the Washingtonian magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants. Now if only I could read maps.

Happy Friday!



  1. Olga said

    So glad you liked my soup! Thanks!
    Have you ever tried a grape pie? I made one once and it was interesting 🙂

    • moderndomestic said

      No, I haven’t – that sounds interesting. Like, grapes are so juicy, I would imagine that it was difficult to get a crisp bottom crust – although it’s not like my apple pie had a crisp bottom crust. Did you use concord grapes?

  2. Alice said

    Yay, glad you’ve joined the pie fan club. My recent forays into muffin and cookie baking have shown me that I really only know how to make pie… Cheddar crust sounds wonderful, could you recommend a recipe?

    • moderndomestic said

      I never put up my recipe for the apple turnovers with a cheddar crust! Maybe I’ll try to do that next week. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe, and I really liked it – the cheese gives this savory punch to the crust.


  3. Shaw Girl said

    I’m firmly in the pro-cupcake camp myself. So I’m with you!

    • moderndomestic said

      THANK you.

  4. Martha said

    Firmly in the pro-cupcake camp. A couple of weeks ago Walt’s mother gave us a box of four cupcakes from Cupcake Royale as a thank-you for hosting her. Best gift ever!

  5. Bonnie said

    Hey, is that my apple pie from last Thanksgiving?

    • moderndomestic said

      Yes it is!

  6. Quince jam is yum. I vote for that…

  7. Rebecca said

    You might find a quince at Whole Foods. I saw them last year.

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