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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We Love Our Customers!

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 are the lovely Olivia and her sweet little girl Gigi. Here's a little more about them: 

Name: Olivia – Mommie to Gigi

Hometown: Knoxville

Number of Years You've Lived in Knoxville: 35

Occupation: Banker for money, Foodie for fun

Favorite Things to Do in Knoxville: Movies on Mkt Sq in the fall & attending First Apostolic Church

Favorite Pie Flavor: Curried Sweet Potato all day long! 

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TheNotWedding Atlanta

Last month we told you about the Nashville The NotWeddinga bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding.  "Wedding guests" are couples-to-be who enjoy a quick ceremony, a tasty dinner, and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action.  

Well, this month we traveled to Atlanta to be a part of the 7th Atlanta NotWedding, and guys, we had so much fun!  We brought the pie stand inside for the first time, and it was really fun serving from the stand inside the beautiful Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and walking around serving the pies cigar girl style.

We met some fantastic vendors- the entire event was gorgeous/delicious/fun.  However, we need to give a special props to some of our new friends:

 

Ginger+Peppercorn+Rye = Perfect Cocktail

Before I opened Dale's Fried Pies, I made cocktails fairly often.  I enjoyed tasting new and obscure liqueurs, trying out different techniques, and sharing my creations with friends and my sweetheart. I haven't been making very many cocktails recently, but found the time to whip something up this weekend for a little sipping and reading on the porch after a long week.  It's a great combination of sweet, spicy and tart.  Sip up!

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1/2 C water

1/2 C sugar

1/2 T black peppercorns

1/2 T pink peppercorns (can substitute black if pink are unavailable)

4 slices ginger

2 oz rye whiskey

1/2 lemon

sparkling water

Heat water and sugar over medium heat, stirring until sugar is totally dissolved.  Add peppercorns and ginger and simmer for two minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.  Strain ginger and peppercorns. 

In a highball glass with ice, pour 1 oz syrup (above) and 2 oz rye. Add juice from 1/2 lemon, and top with sparkling water to top of glass.  Stir and enjoy!

 

The NotWedding in Nashville

We are gearing up to be a part of some fun wedding celebrations during late summer and fall.  We love parties, and we love love, so weddings are one of our favorite events to cater. So you can imagine how much fun we had at The NotWedding in Nashville this July.

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In case you're not aware, The NotWedding is a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding.  "Wedding guests" are couples-to-be who enjoy a quick ceremony, a tasty dinner, and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action.  It's a brilliant event that allows guests to really see how flowers will look on tables, how food will taste during an event, and how vendors perform during an actual event rather than at a bridal show that bears no resemblance to a party. Guests also have the opportunity to talk to each vendor throughout the course of the evening, much like a tradition bridal show.

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We served fried pies "cigar-girl style" at Nashville's first NotWedding event.  Our plan was to walk around the venue and offer guests a selection of apple, strawberry wedding cake, and chipotle mac & cheese fried pies, but when we walked into the venue with our pie trays, we were swarmed immediately and the pies flew off the trays.  There was very little walking around, and the pies were definitely a hit!

We met some great folks, fabulous vendors and had such a great time, we'll be serving our pies at the next NotWedding event in Atlanta on Sunday, August 18th.  

Tickets available here. 

 

Show Your Love For Dale's Fried Pies- a contest!

Do you love Dale's Fried Pies?  Prove it!  Now through Sunday, we're having a "Show Your Love for Dale's Fried Pies Contest."

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To enter, express your love for Dale's Fried Pies any way you like-- take a picture of you wearing our shirt, or holding a pie.  Write a fried pie haiku or song.  Draw us a picture-- however you feel you can best describe your love for our fried pies.

Then, put your entry on instagram, twitter and or facebook, and tag Dale's Fried Pies!

  • Facebook: facebook.com/dalesfriedpies
  • Twitter: @dalesfriedpies
  • Instagram: DalesFriedPies

The winner will receive a punch card for five fried pies, plus some sweet fried pie schwag.

Contest ends Sunday at 11:59 pm and winner will be announced Monday morning!

 

 

Pecan Pie with Bourbon

I recently had the chance to hang out with the fine folks at Smooth Ambler Spirits in Maxwelton, WV, while producing a short video for the Southern Foodways Alliance. The folks at Smooth Ambler are not only super fun to spend time with, but they also make amazing spirits. 

I used some of their yearling bourbon whiskey (full on aged whiskey is on its way!) in my pecan fried pie this week and I love the result.  Sweet and rich, which a nice little kick from the whiskey at the end.  I'll have pecan pies all week at the farmer's markets! 

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An Interview with Dominique Ansel, Creator of the Cronut

Happy National Doughnut Day, y'all!  We at Dale's Fried Pies are certainly fans of fried dough, so it has been with great interest that I've been following the recent "cronut" craze that is taking over NYC.  Cronuts are croissant-doughnut hybrids, created by Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho, and by all accounts, they are very very good.  Their rise to full on phenom is well documented, and as I've been following along, I've been impressed with chef Ansel's focus on quality over quantity as the demand for cronuts has become so great it's created a cronut black market, with cronuts selling for as much as $40 on Craigslist.  Mr. Ansel was kind enough to answer a few questions I had to see what I could learn from a fried dough maverick. 

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Photo courtesy of Niko Triantafillou

Dale's Fried Pies: You trademarked the word "cronut."  Was this before or after you realized cronuts were becoming such a huge phenomenon?  And what advice to you have for small creative business owners who think they have a fantastic idea? 

Dominique Ansel: The trademark of Cronut was really more of serendipity. I was working with our lawyers on internationally trademarking my name, and my lawyer suggested some other items she thought we would be fit. We were a few days from launching the Cronut at that point. I think it is important for small business owners to protect their ideas, but at the same time, it's often hard to predict which ideas will really take off. So I would say: Don't spend too much time thinking about protecting the idea...spend more time on creating more ideas.

Dale's Fried Pies: How do you price the items in you bakery?  Why do you choose to maintain the original price of cronuts, when you could clearly charge much more? 

Dominique Ansel:  It's simple: always try to offer the best price you can for the customers while still being fair to the labor of your team and quality of ingredients. That is only way to run a genuine business.

Dale's Fried Pies:  You only make 200 cronuts each day, which is a supply much smaller than the demand for cronuts. What goes into your decision about whether or not to scale up production? 

Dominique Ansel: A lot of it is not my decision at all. Scaling up takes time, and is not an over night process. So I take it one step at a time, and make sure that I'm not compromising on my quality.

Dale's Fried Pies: Do you believe this kind of craze is beneficial to your business in the long run?  Do you mind being known as the "cronut guy?" 

Dominique Ansel: I don't think any Chef would be upset finding out that people love an item they are making. Haha...am I the Cronut guy? Well, depending on when you met me, I'm also the DKA Guy, the Cannele Guy, and the Madeleine Guy. Any of those are fine. I'll be in the kitchen making more stuff when you need me. 

Dale's Fried Pies: Do you have any general advice for small creative business owners? 

Dominique Ansel: My biggest advice is just to work hard. You'd be surprised how many people don't work half as hard for their own businesses as they should be. Hard work solves and prevents a lot of problems.