Awesome Squad Member Avery Burgess

In an effort to promote awesomeness in and beyond Knoxville, Dale's Fried Pies wants to support the creative projects of awesome girls. That’s why three times a year, we’ll donate a $300 mini grant from Dale’s Fried Pies mobile pie stand to an awesome girl applicant to help her follow through with a creative project. I'm so happy to introduce you to Avery, our most recent inductee into Dale's Fried Pies' Awesome Squad.  

Avery Burgess will showcase her animal drawings at a gallery opening in September.

Avery Burgess will showcase her animal drawings at a gallery opening in September.

Avery Burgess is a 9 year-old native of Knoxville, TN. She attends the Episcopal School of Knoxville where she enjoys science, art, music and library classes most of all. From an early age, Avery expressed an interest in learning about and drawing out her favorite still photographs found of animals.

That interest has led to a collection of drawings ranging from a poison dart frog, fennec fox, to a three toed sloth. The animals could take you through the alphabet or on a trip around the world.  She's using her grant to frame and showcase her collection of drawings at an upcoming gallery opening at The Central Collective on September 23rd.

Avery dreams of becoming a biologist, being an explorer, and continuing to always pursue her artwork no matter what path life takes her down. She is very excited at the opportunity to share her art with the community.

Recipe: Shrubs

Though I spend much of my culinary energy making pies, I try to make sure I still give myself the time and space to make food and drinks in personal time.  After all, a lot of cooking, eating and drinking is what got me into this business in the first place.  I thought I'd share a recipe for shrubs, or drinking vinegar (I know, it sounds strange, but give it a shot).

One of the reasons that I love cocktails is that they’re fancy and delicious without being overly sweet (depending on which cocktails you choose to make, of course).  The alcohol or bitters or tonic is a nice way to balance the natural sweetness of fruit juice or the sugar in something like a simple syrup. But I often find myself wanting something to sip on that isn’t alcoholic, yet still possesses the balance of sweet/tart/strong that a cocktail has.  I love Kombucha, which is both uncloyingly sweet and tart and effervescent, but dude, that stuff is pricey.

I was thinking about this conundrum the other day and remembered reading about shrubs, or “drinking vinegars.”  Basically,  shrubs are vinegars that have been infused with fruit and sometimes sugar, which you can drink with sparkling water for a sweet and tart sparkling beverage.  I decided to try this with someBragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, which, if you believe the customer reviews on Amazon, will cure a laundry list of ailments, from dandruff to allergies to problems with sleeping, and some fresh peaches.  It’s an acquired taste to be sure, and the taste is definitely more vinegar than peach, but I love the uber-tartness of it when I dilute it with some sparkling water. My sweetheart, on the other hand, can’t stand the stuff.  Give it a try and see what you think.

Peach Shrub

Peach Shrub

Peach Shrub Recipe

  • 1 pound peaches
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 10 to 20 fresh basil leaves
  1. Halve, pit, and cut the peaches into 1-inch pieces and place in a medium, nonreactive bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and toss until the peaches are thoroughly coated and most of the sugar has dissolved. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 days, checking after 1 day to make sure that all the sugar on the bottom has dissolved. (If the sugar hasn’t dissolved, toss again.)
  3. Add the vinegar and basil and stir to combine. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 7 to 10 days.
  4. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Strain the peach mixture, pressing on it with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to extract all of the liquid; discard the contents of the strainer. Transfer the peach shrub to a pint jar or container, cover with a tightfitting lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.  Drink with sparkling water over ice.

Sparkling Rosemary Pear Cocktail

We're getting in cozy mode here at the Dale's Fried Pies homestead.  That means most of our free time is spent in loose fitting clothes eating popcorn and chocolate.  Maybe not the best method for dealing with the onset of winter, but it works for us.

Every once in a while, though, we like to feel fancy.  If you're having folks over for dinner, or hosting a holiday party, or just want something special, try this here cocktail.  It's light and refreshing, but still embodies the rich fall flavors of pear and rosemary.

Red Anjou pears give this drink a pink hue.

Red Anjou pears give this drink a pink hue.

Rosemary Pear Sparkler

  • 1/2 ripe pear cut into 1 inch chunks (we used Red Anjou)
  • juice of lemon slice
  • 2 oz rosemary vodka (2 cups of vodka infused for two weeks with 4 springs rosemary)
  • ginger beer to taste

Muddle pear and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and rosemary vodka and shake.  Strain into glass and top with ginger ale to taste. 

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cutting the pears

rosemary vodka

rosemary vodka

Free Felt Fried Pie for Furry Ones

It's getting chilly here in Knoxville, and when I'm not making and selling pies, you can usually find me at home, in my pajamas, curled up with my cats and a book.  This winter, I've decided to completely surrender to my crazy cat lady tendencies and let my feline flag fly.  

To that end, I made our cats some felt fried pies stuffed with catnip. Why?  WHY NOT?

I've been getting way too much enjoyment from watching our cats play with these little fried pie toys.  It makes me feel like they get me.  And you know what?  I think you pie loving cat owners out there might like to watch your cats (or dogs or gerbils or whatever) play with these little felted fried pies.

So, Christmas is coming early for y'all this year.  While supplies last, just fill out the form below and I'll send you a felt fried pie for your furry one.  All you have to do is promise to send me a picture.

EDIT: We are out of free felted cat pies, but we have some available for sale in the store.

xo,

Dale

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I do solemnly swear to take a picture of my pet with a felted fried pie and send it to dalesfriedpies@gmail.com or share it via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.


Pumpkin Liqueur

Hey friends!  Need something to go with your fall pies?  How about some pumpkin liqueur?  Mix it with ginger ale, coffee, apple cider, or whatever else you can dream up, and you've got yourself a delicious fall concoction that's sure to impress and delight!

Pumpkin Liqueur

  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 1/4 cup allspice berries
  • peel of one orange
  • 2 vanilla pods (insides scraped)
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups roasted pumpkin, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 2 cups dark rum
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
Step One:  Add first five ingredients (through ginger) to a jug.

Step One:  Add first five ingredients (through ginger) to a jug.

Step two: Add rum and cooled roasted pumpkin.  Using a muddler or a large spoon, smash the pumpkin and liquid until you have a nice soupy consistency. Step three: Let your mixture sit for one week.  Then, use a fine mesh strainer to strain all solids. Step four: Make a simple syrup from equal parts brown sugar and water and add it to liqueur to taste. Step five: Enjoy!  Let us know how you mix it!

Step two: Add rum and cooled roasted pumpkin.  Using a muddler or a large spoon, smash the pumpkin and liquid until you have a nice soupy consistency.

Step three: Let your mixture sit for one week.  Then, use a fine mesh strainer to strain all solids.

Step four: Make a simple syrup from equal parts brown sugar and water and add it to liqueur to taste.

Step five: Enjoy!  Let us know how you mix it!

Random Acts of Pie

A couple weeks ago we made our second surprise Random Acts of Pie delivery to Ernie, who was nominated by grandchildren, who said of Ernie in their nomination email:

"Ernie is a husband, father and grandfather. He is an employee of Habitat for Humanity. He is always thinking of others and has a big smile on his face. After moving to Tennessee he lost his house to a fire, then had to have a triple by pass but thru it all he kept his hood humor and his positive attitude. If any one deserves a good turn, Ernie does."

When we delivered pies to Ernie at the Habitat for Humanity store, he looked around and said, "Am I on Candid Camera?!"

When we delivered pies to Ernie at the Habitat for Humanity store, he looked around and said, "Am I on Candid Camera?!"

 

Do you know someone who could use a little extra sweetness? To nominate someone for a pie delivery, send an email to dalesfriedpies@gmail.com letting us know who you'd like to nominate and why.  

Random Acts of Pie

Last weekend we made our first Random Acts of Pie delivery to Sharon Tallent, who was nominated by her daughter-on-law Sara, who said of Sharon in her nomination email:

"She is so selfless and kind and it just comes naturally to her. She is there to help me at the drop of a hat if I need her, even taking the kids for me during what would be her own free time just so I can get something done or so my husband and I can have a night out. She does the same with her job, filling in and stepping up whenever she's needed. Even if it's Christmas Day. She works in a management role for a home health agency, so the job itself involves helping others, but this past Christmas when someone didn't show for their shift, she went out on Christmas Day to sit with the patient until they could get someone to fill in. Not in her job description, but she wasn't going to let someone go unattended on Christmas. 

I could tell you a hundred stories just like that, of her selflessness with her family, friends, and neighbors. But now, my husband ( her son) and I are moving this week to Florida. Our two kids, her only grandchildren, will be coming with us[...]

It will be a big change for her since her focus is always on serving others.  And I want her to know how much we love and appreciate her, and how now is the perfect time to start putting herself first! What better way to cheer and indulge someone than with PIE!!"

We had so much fun surprising Sharon with pies, and can't wait for our next surprise delivery with Radom acts of pies.  

Do you know someone who could use a little extra sweetness? To nominate someone for a pie delivery, send an email to dalesfriedpies@gmail.com letting us know who you'd like to nominate and why.  

Handmade Gifts for You and Yours

At Dale's Fried Pies, each pie is made by hand by Dale herself.  We have a lot of love and respect for all things handmade, and encourage you to do your holiday shopping with small businesses to support the makers in your real and virtual communities.

Of course, shopping handmade can be pricey.  Time, talent and high quality materials go into handmade products, and that adds up.  If you'd like to do some budget handmade gifting this year, here are a few pampering products you can make at home.

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Pie Gift Boxes

Happy Holidays, y'all!  We hope you're all feeling merry and bright during this festive and busy time.  This December you can find us at the Market Square Holiday Market on December 7th, 14th and 21st from 12-7 p.m.  There you can eat some great food from a variety of mobile food vendors, grab some winter produce and shop for holiday gifts with the amazing craft vendors.

Speaking of holiday gifts, do you have a pie-loving loved one in your life?  If you do (and come on, we all do), we have the perfect gift.  Our fried pie gift boxes provide the perfect gift, and support Dale's Fried Pies and other great local vendors in Knoxville.

You can order your boxes here, and have them delivered to you or your giftee's door, or pick them up at one of the three holiday markets in December.  Feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call if you have any questions!

While we think these are the perfect holiday gifts, they will be available year-round!

Knoxville Lover Pie Box The Knoxville Lover Pie Box comes with six fried pies in the flavor of your choice, Tennessee magnets by Meghan McCrary, a hand-engraved cuff bracelet by Metalorgia Jewelry and a holiday greeting card by Curly Willow Co.  

Knoxville Lover Pie Box

The Knoxville Lover Pie Box comes with six fried pies in the flavor of your choice, Tennessee magnets by Meghan McCrary, a hand-engraved cuff bracelet by Metalorgia Jewelry and a holiday greeting card by Curly Willow Co.  

Coffee Lover Pie Box The Coffee Lover Pie Box comes with six fried pies in the flavor of your choice, one half pound of three bears coffee, a handmade mug by local ceramist Amy E. Hand, and a holiday greeting card by Curly Willow Co. 

Coffee Lover Pie Box

The Coffee Lover Pie Box comes with six fried pies in the flavor of your choice, one half pound of three bears coffee, a handmade mug by local ceramist Amy E. Hand, and a holiday greeting card by Curly Willow Co. 

Pie Lover Pie Box The Pie Lover Pie Box comes with six fried pies in the flavor of your choice, a holiday greeting card by Curly Willow Co. and a Dale's Fried Pie hat, patch and T-Shirt. 

Pie Lover Pie Box

The Pie Lover Pie Box comes with six fried pies in the flavor of your choice, a holiday greeting card by Curly Willow Co. and a Dale's Fried Pie hat, patch and T-Shirt. 

Art For The People

Dale's Fried Pies has some amazing people working with us behind the scenes.  We are particularly drawn to artists, who understand what it is to be passionate and inventive in the things you create and share with the world. 

Beth Meadows is one of our favorite artists, and she moonlights as a pie server and dough mixer when she's not making art, writing thoughtful blog posts, and selling architectural salvage.  She currently has her art hanging at the fabulous coffee spot Old City Java, and she's doing something very special with this show.

She calls it Art For The People, and she describes it here, but the general gist is that she wants the people who appreciate her art to be able to buy it.  So she's accepting your offers, as large or small as you'd like to make them.  Stop by Java, take a look at her stuff, and make an offer.  Don't be shy!

A Picnic Lunch for Cyclists

Last week, we catered a sweet little picnic lunch for some spunky cyclists as they began a bike tour through the Smokies (as much as possible, what with the park closure and all) with Butterfield & Robinson bike tours.  They flew into the Knoxville airport and headed straight to a Maryville greenway, where they enjoyed an assortment of fried pies and some other goodies. We had such fun hanging out with them before they embarked on their journey

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For more information about how you can cater an event with us, check out our Catering and Events page. 

Customers of the Week

We are in the final day of Customer Appreciation Month here at Dale's Fried Pies, but we'll go ahead and keep on appreciating y'all throughout the entire year.  Each week in September, we've been highlighting some of our most die-hard pie fans, and today I bring you our final installment!

Our featured customers this week are Kat and Adeline! Here's a little more about them: 

Name: Kat + Adeline 

Hometown: Lake Wales, Fl 

Number of Years You've Lived in Knoxville: 10 

Occupation: Crafter, Freelancer, Mother 

Favorite Things to Do in Knoxville: Taking Adeline to small street fairs and festivals. 

Favorite Pie Flavor: Blueberry Cream Cheese 

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Customer of the Week

It's customer appreciation month at Dale's Fried Pies!  We have the most enthusiastic, kind and supportive customers we could ask for, and so it only seems appropriate to let you all know how much we care.  Each week in September, we're going to highlight some of our most die-hard pie fans.  We're also going to be offering up some fun giveaways via Facebook, Twitter and our blog, so stay tuned!  

Our featured customer this week is Jack Neely! Here's a little more about him: 

Name: Jack Neely

Hometown: Knoxville

Number of Years You've Lived in Knoxville: 35 in a row. About 49, if we include large portions of childhood. 

Occupation: Scrivener

Favorite Things to Do in Knoxville: Wander afoot and buy surprising food from talented people. 

Favorite Pie Flavor: That's the only difficult question in this interrogation. Right now I'd have to say the one I had today, Spinach Artichoke, but it also had some wonderful Mediterranean-tasting cheese in it, too. But don't expect me to answer that question consistently. 

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Customers of the Week!

It's customer appreciation month at Dale's Fried Pies!  We have the most enthusiastic, kind and supportive customers we could ask for, and so it only seems appropriate to let you all know how much we care.  Each week in September, we're going to highlight some of our most die-hard pie fans.  We're also going to be offering up some fun giveaways via Facebook, Twitter and our blog, so stay tuned!  

Our featured customers this week are Jay and Anna! Here's a little more about them: 

Name: Jay and Anna 

Hometown: Knoxville

Number of Years You've Lived in Knoxville: 5 and 7 (although Jay grew up here before moving away for 16 years).

Occupation: Kindergarten Student and Writer/Pilates Studio Owner

Favorite Things to Do in Knoxville: Go to parks, hang out at bookstores, see shows, go to Farmer's Market, eat.

Favorite Pie Flavor: Anna - Apple w/powdered sugar. Jay-blueberry cream cheese

 

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Friday Mix

It's Friday, friends!  For us that means we have to get ready for the Market Square Farmer's Market tomorrow, but for many of you, that means you're ready for the weekend! 

Since it's customer appreciation month, we thought we'd give you a little mix to help you jumpstart your weekend.  Crank up these jams and get ready for a lovely few days off!

Customer of the Week!

It's customer appreciation month at Dale's Fried Pies!  We have the most enthusiastic, kind and supportive customer we could ask for, and so it only seems appropriate to let you all know how much we care.  Each week in September, we're going to highlight some of our most die-hard pie fans.  We're also going to be offering up some fun giveaways via Facebook, Twitter and our blog, so stay tuned!  

Our featured customers this week is Ryan! Here's a little more about him: 

Name: Ryan

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Number of Years You've Lived in Knoxville: 7 months

Occupation: Bartender

Favorite Things to Do in Knoxville: Hang out at Bearden Beer Market, Farmers Market, UT Football Games

Favorite Pie Flavor: Curried Sweet Potato 

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