Appalachia Appalachian Food

Preserving Mountain Flavors Day 4 – Let Them Eat Pie

Strawberry rhubarb pie

Today’s cooking class was all about the pie. Nanette taught us how to make a flaky delicious crust-then came the pies. One of the prettiest was a lattice crusted strawberry rhubarb pie.

Blueberry pie

There was Miss Cindy’s Blueberry Pie-with a fancied up crust design.

Carmelized oinon and blue cheese pie

A savory caramelized onion and blue cheese pie.

Star studded mock pecan pie

A lovely star studded mock pecan pie and a host of others:

  • Aunt Mary Jo’s Apple Pie was a hit
  • There was a lemon chess-and a chocolate chess-both equally yummy
  • A buttermilk pie
  • A fresh strawberry pie
  • An old time vinegar pie-that was surprisingly tasty

If you’ve ever had a buttermilk or vinegar pie-please leave a comment with your thoughts or tips.

We’re done with pies-next up beets and cucumbers!



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    September 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    These all look so tasty, especially the lemon chess and the caramelized onion and blue cheese pies, I love lemon and blue cheese.

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    May 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Oh my you have made my mouth water and now I am craving PIE!!!

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    May 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Susi-I promise I’ll share the recipes : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    [email protected]
    May 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Yes, I have eaten Buttermilk and Vinegar Pie. I have eaten lots of pie Dad’s favorite was Pie. Husband’s favorite is Pie. gooseberries when we can find them.
    California doesn’t have them. Dad had 7 plants his son let go to waste so none here.
    Has anyone eaten Chokecherries for jam and all?
    They are one of my favorites. HEllo Wyoming.
    OK T where are the recipes? tee hee

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    Betty Honeywell
    May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I have made buttermilk pie and we like it. I have never made vinegarpie, but I have made a lot of vinegar rolls. All of my family loves it.
    May 11, 2012
    Betty Honeywell
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    susie swanson
    May 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love pies of any type..I could never for the life of me make a pie crust that good..

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    May 11, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    All sounds yummy!!! Wish someone had shared their delicious crust recipe though, cause mine are always miserable and sad; even the ones folks say are “no fail” fail with me. LOL
    God bless.

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    May 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    This post got me thinking about my Dad’s favorite menu for Thanksgiving dinner: “Pie, Pie and Pie.” Turkey pot pie, Canadien pork pie, and apple pie for dessert! 🙂
    I’ve never had vinegar or buttermilk pie, but now I sure want to try both…and I’ll bet my Dad will want to try them too!

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    May 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

    When I think of pies, my Granny’s blackberry cobbler always come to mind, and taste buds. Thanks Tipper, for the memory jog.

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    Dale Anderson
    May 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Vinegar pie is my favorite. Every visit back to Western N.C. finds me at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro for a great meal topped off with Vinegar pie.

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    May 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Yum! ALL of the crusts turned out flaky & delicious looking!
    Nanette knows her stuff!

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    B. Ruth
    May 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    and Ron…..
    Use the same recipe for ‘naner puddin’ but in place of the bananas use crushed pineapple…Yummmm…a change up from Banana puddin….Unless of course you can’t eat pineapple either…LOL
    Thanks Tipper

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    May 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My granny made both buttermilk and vinegar pies. The buttermilk pie was rather like egg custard pie. The main thing I remember about the vinegar pie was the cinnamon so I always think of it as a winter pie. As I recall, there were only a few tablespoons of vinegar in it. Her signature pie was apple. Actually it was stacks of apple. She made several thin double crusted apple pies and stacked four at a time on one plate. There was always pie and cake under the tablecloth at Granny’s house.

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    May 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    All of those pies look yummy! Hubby and I both love buttermilk pie the best! Nothing like that sweet creamy filling.

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    May 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    No fried dried apple pies? This was what Granny made the most–along with biscuit cobblers & puddings. I think it was probably a time & “use it up” issue with the pies because of the crust making.
    My Mother-In-Law is a pie making champion in this family. I guess her chess is the biggest favorite or maybe the chocolate. People will beg for pies. I say she’s the reason I went from 98 lbs to…..

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    May 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    All those pies look so delicious.
    I have no doubt that your class
    is the most popular on campus.
    Everyone participating is getting
    a real treat just being there.

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    Brian Blake
    May 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Most delicious looking! I’ve placed these pictures over the oven in the kitchen, where they’ll do the most good.

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    Ron Banks
    May 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    One of the many things I miss about my mother is her cooking. Especially her pies! Her buttermilk pie was wonderful as well as her apple pie,fried apple pies and just about any other kind you can think of. She also made a mean banana (naner) pudding. The problem for me is I can’t eat bananas for some unknown weird reason they make me ill. When mother made banana pudding she would always make a smaller one just for me minus the banana. Even as an adult if she made one for family meals I always had mine too. Now that is a mother’s love!
    I can smell that buttermilk pie now. Thanks for stirring the memories Tipper.

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    Mary Jane Plemons
    May 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I make buttermilk, pumpkin, and osgood pies every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pies are beautiful in your pictures.
    Mary Jane

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    May 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

    My friend used to make buttermilk pies. I recently found one at a local deli for $11.99. I didn’t want it that bad! Guess I will just have to make my own. Never tasted vinegar pie. The onion and blue cheese… never tasted one and not sure I want to.
    If I did all the cooking you do, I would also have to learn to sew my own clothes, as I’m sure they don’t make the size I would need. 🙂

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    Uncle Al
    May 10, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Never had buttermilk or vinegar pie. Ed you are a trip. 🙂
    I just put up 8 jars of strawberry jam. Sorry but I had to cook’em.

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    May 10, 2012 at 8:34 am

    All of the pies look and sound wonderful. I have never had vinegar pie, but I love buttermilk pie. Wish I was there to be your taste tester!

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    Mike McLain
    May 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The caramelized onion and bleu cheese pie sounds amazing. You got me googling recipes now!

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    May 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Karen-we are giving out samples-and I do believe our class is the most popular on campus : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    dolores barton
    May 10, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Never tasted a vinegar or buttermilk pie, but love strawberry pie. Happy eating!

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    Karen Larsen
    May 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

    The onion and blue cheese pie sounds fantastic! Actually, they all sound fantastic. Are you giving out any samples??

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    Mary Shipman
    May 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Oh, tipper! Buttermilk pie! One of my friends mothers made the BEST buttermilk pie! She would make one every time I went to visit!
    Now I want one! Miz Potter passed away a couple of years ago and I, fool that I am, did not get the ‘receipt’ for it.
    Wonderful memories of two special ladies have brought tears to my eyes this morning, this is one of them.
    I know Mothers Day is coming up and I am having a serious attack of sentiment for some of the mothers who have passed through my life. Thank you, and if the cook does not mind I would love to have the buttermilk pie recipe.

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    May 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Years ago my daughter and I did an 18th century meals here at the olde log cabin and one of the favorites of the people was vinegar pie—but making it can stink up your home unless you like the smell of vinegar—another favorite was mashed potato pie. Your class sounds like it would have been alot of fun–is this your first year to do it at the campbell school?

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    Laurie Stone
    May 10, 2012 at 7:25 am

    All of the money I’ve spent this year on Weight Watchers is just flying out the window this week. The carmalized onion blue cheese pie looks like it’s worthy of dreaming about.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

    It has been many years since I made a strawberry rhubarb pie, but, oh my, I do love them and that one looks divine. I’m a little like Ed though, I love fresh strawberries so much that cooking them seems an abomination.
    Tipper, you gonna give us the recipe for that purtty crust?
    I have heard of both buttermilk pie and vinegar pie but I’ve never tasted one.
    You all must be having fun in that class. This kind of cooking isn’t work, it’s play.

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    Janet Smart
    May 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I love pies! My mom made a buttermilk pie a few times, but I never got to taste them. I bet they were good, though. My favorites are lemon meringue, pumpkin, apple, strawberry, blueberry and concord grape. The grape pies are a little tart, but I love them. I took a piece to my daddy once and I never saw such a pucker in my life when he took his first bite.

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    Canned Quilter
    May 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Oh my! I might just have to go and make my own pie this morning : )

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    May 10, 2012 at 6:48 am

    B-the pie has 3 eggs. It really isn’t like a quiche-even though it does have the eggs : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    B. Ruth
    May 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

    My, my apple pie….Yummmm,
    I could eat me some pie for breakfast…The caramalized onion and blue cheese looks almost like a quiche…does it have lots of eggs…? I’m not fond of blue cheese per say but like it cooked and used in spreads and dips…!
    I remember the vinegar pie!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ed Ammons
    May 10, 2012 at 5:54 am

    That Strawberry pie shore is a pretty thing but I don’t think I could bring myself to eat it. I still believe it is a mortal sin to cook a strawberry.
    But, it is awful temptin’ looking.
    You know the forbidden fruit that Eve tempted Adam with might have been a strawberry instead of an apple. Or a piece of strawberry pie just like that. But no, you ain’t gonna get me to change my beliefs. But it’s alright to look, right? Just looking and licking my lips is OK. Right?

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