"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." -Saadi. Great advice but much easier said than done! Even though things haven't been that difficult there have been a few delays but we are still on track to start construction in July. We are looking towards an opening date in September or October. In the meantime we are busy bees testing out and sampling recipes as well as business planning. Can't wait to bring made from scratch, fresh pies to the town of Norton and the surrounding communities. See below for some of our recent creations!
Savory pies are one of our favorite comfort foods! We started making Chicken Pot Pies for the farmer's market and people just went crazy for them. We make our own delicious chicken stock to use in the thyme cream sauce that coats the chicken and carrots. Then that mixture goes into the crust and gets topped with another crust. It bakes up into a golden, delicious pie and the sauce thickens slightly so that when you cut into it you are not left with a saucy mess.
Now we are working on a Shepard's Pie. Depending on where you or your ancestors come from Shepard's Pie can mean many things. Growing up we ate a somewhat Americanized version of Shepard's Pie- ground beef cooked with sauteed onions and corn then topped with mashed potatoes and baked in the oven. We decided to pay tribute to this comforting meal by dailing up the flavor! We've added fresh herbs to the meat mixture along with other seasonings to create a rich and delicious filling. Then we mix in corn AND peas (because every meal needs vegetables!). We put all of that in a pie crust and top it with creamy, garlicky mashed potatoes. See slide show below!
Pie Shop Update: Today we got word that the Health Department signed off on the architectural plans! Now they get passed to the Building Inspector. In the meantime we have been meeting with contractors and testing out new pie recipes.
We love fun holidays that relate to Pie, like Pi Day. We all learned in school that pi = 3.14 (etc. etc.) so it's fun to celebrate math by eating real pie! We can't wait until next Pi Day when the pie shop is open and we can do fun promotions around Pi Day!
We have been testing out a recipe for a Chocolate Chip Cookie pie. It's so yummy! When you slice into it you can see the insides stay slightly gooey like the center of a warm chocolate chip cookie. Did you know the chocolate chip cookie was invented here in Massachusetts? In 1938 at a popular restaurant called Toll House Inn, a chef decided to chop up a chocolate bar and put it in a cookie!
Pie Shop update: Our final plans have been submitted to the Town of Norton! Soon we can start actual construction! Yay!
This past week we put our crowbar to good use and pulled up all the carpeting in the building! Even though no walls have come down the space seems larger now! It's so much fun to envision what it will look like as a pie shop. There are large windows in the front of the building which will allow for a lot of natural light to come through to the seating area. We have heard from our architect that they are targeting the first week in March to get all of the drawings in, yay! In the mean time we are still recipe testing, including these coconut jam thumbprint cookies which are a family favorite. We want to offer a few other non-pie sweets like cookies, muffins and sweet breads.
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We are approaching the finish line as far as having architectural plans and getting our permits from the town. As they say good things come to those who wait (but who likes to wait?!). Since our building was previously an office space there are a lot of considerations when transforming the space into a food retail location like the septic system. We will be adding onto our current system so we can have more more tables and seats available for those customers that would like to have coffee and pie at the pie shop. Please follow us on our journey, we promise to have pie soon! Until then check out the Key Lime Pie below!