Southern Baked Pie Company.

Amanda Wilbanks never imagined she'd be spending her days baking some of the South's best pies. I got the chance to meet Amanda over coffee about two years ago when she wanted to bring some of our aprons into her gorgeous new pie shop a few miles down the road from me.

Amanda started Southern Baked Pie Company after a buttermilk pie stole her heart, and her tastebuds. In the kitchen with her mother in law, she watched as she made the pie from scratch, right down to the crust. The aroma that filled her home was sweet, unmistakably nostalgic, and captivating. The rest is history.

Her connection to pies is one that ultimately goes back to a love of the kitchen and the preservation of the technique and patience it takes to make homemade baked goods from scratch. 

Amanda baked hundreds of pies out of her house with one tiny oven until she realized it was time to expand to Southern Baked Pie Company's first shop in Gainesville, Georgia. After three years in the Gainesville location, the company opened additional locations in Buckhead and Alpharetta. Her pies are well-known in Georgia, but are reaching far beyond. The caramel pecan pie even won the 2016 Taste of Georgia award! They're not all sweet though; one of the best-sellers is her unbelievably savory chicken pot pie (I can attest, it’s a family favorite over here). 

These signature recipes come from both sides of Amanda's family, dating back decades. Now, the recipes have been given new life and a legacy that's carried out by Amanda, Southern Baked Pie Company and their team of bakers. 

I sat down with Amanda and we talked over how to make a gorgeous, old-fashioned pie crust using timeless techniques. She uses an all-butter pastry dough because of both the taste and texture of a 100% butter crust. 

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When I make pie dough, I tend to get flour absolutely everywhere. Amanda had this problem too, until her mother-in-law showed her the mess-reducing trick of rolling her dough between two pieces of parchment, eliminating the need for flour. Once rolled out, she double checks the size of the dough by placing the upside down pie pan on top, making sure there's about an inch extra for pleating the crust. 

Amanda showed me what she calls "The Fold-Under" -- a crust technique that requires folding under the edge of the crust and pressing it back down onto the pan to form a thicker outer edge. On that outer edge, she and her bakers pleat the crust beautifully, using a simple finger method. It tastes as good as it looks!

We then went on to the ultimate challenge: a gorgeous lattice crust. Amanda showed me how simple it can be to achieve the classic look of a woven crust, even in my own kitchen. We cut half-inch strips out of a piece of rolled pie dough and proceeded to weave the pieces together loosely. A woven crust works best for a fruit pie, so it's best to weave loosely so that you can see how colorful the filling looks underneath. Amanda's pie crust tactics play on those feelings of nostalgia and the image of a perfectly pleated and woven pie on a picnic blanket or in Grandma's kitchen. 

Born from a small oven and inspired by sweet smells and even sweeter memories, Southern Baked Pie Company brings a little bit of homemade, hand-pleated goodness to Georgians (and they even ship nationwide!)

At this moment, Amanda is probably out on the road sharing her brand new cookbook, Southern Baked: Celebrating Life With Pie - just in time for holiday baking to begin. And she’s offered up a beautiful signed copy and a delicious pie for one lucky winner too so be sure to enter below for your chance to win.

SOUTHERN BAKED COOKBOOK + PIE GIVEAWAY :

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Entertaining ideas from your Farmhouse Garden.

As we come to the end of our Farmhouse Garden series I want to show you why all this hard work is worth it. Once your garden bloomed with fresh herbs and you were able to make some delicious recipes, like our Basil Pesto, now I want to show you some tips on entertaining in the comfort of your own home.

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Go on over to The Home Depot Blog to read the full story on all my hosting tips. One of my favorite things about creating the Farmhouse Garden is getting to share of all the fresh ingredients with my friends and family. Also be sure to check our our series here if you missed it.


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Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Mac 'n Cheese

A few years ago my (husband’s) Aunt Carol took the time and energy to thoughtfully compile hundreds of her own recipes for all of the family. She compiled them into a wonderful spiral bound book. It's filled to the brim of recipes we love of hers, quick + easy ones for the kids, and everything in between.

She is always cooking and baking for any large family gatherings we have, and her mac + cheese recipe became a quick favorite among us. We make it time and time again. 

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Her chocolate chip cookie recipe is also so killer, but it includes a “secret” ingredient that makes all the difference, so I'll have to check with Aunt Carol before sharing it. No matter what I do, I can't seem to get my cookies to taste as yummy as hers for some reason!

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To me there were always a few “camps” when it came to mac + cheese. You were either straight from the box (not a chance in my mom's house growing up), or a fan of the creamy + liquid cheese, or the more solid casserole-like, baked mac + cheese. My mom generally made us the latter, and for some time it was the only mac + cheese I knew.

This is part of the Southern Kitchen Bucket List, perfect for this time of year when the weather gets cooler and you need a little comfort food to warm you from the inside.

Family Favorite Macaroni + Cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

2 cups half-and-half (fat-free)

2 cups milk

2 (8oz) block extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 (8oz) block extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 (16oz) pkg elbow macaroni, cooked

Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in flour until mixture is smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in salt, black pepper, red pepper and garlic powder. Gradually whisk in half-and-half and milk; cook, whisking constantly, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened. Stir in half of sharp cheddar cheese. Stir in the extra-sharp cheddar cheese until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Combine pasta and cheese mixture, then pour into greased 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining sharp cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. 

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A few tips: use freshly grated cheese whenever possible, and the highest quality cheese you can - it will make all the difference. Sometimes I’ll even just do 8oz worth of a really great cheese and it still elevates the taste and creaminess of the recipe. Also, we like to use the large or  jumbo sized noodles for this one because it captures all the delicious melted cheese just perfectly. I also love to add in a little bit of herb, like thyme. Sometimes I’ll even add some smoked paprika which enhances the cayenne flavor even more.

Thanks Aunt Carol for letting me share this special recipe. My kiddos request it all the time and I know yours soon will too!
 


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How To : Polish Your Silver.

I love the classic vintage look of tarnished silver, but sometimes it is nice to polish these pieces off and see some of the details they have to offer. In just a few simple steps you can have perfectly polished silver. This is great for bringing an old piece back to life or for pieces you find at a thrift store or garage sale. 

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While gathering up your silver, go ahead and get a pot of water boiling. Once you have your silver together, start by finding an aluminum pan to place your silver into. Once you have your pieces are arranged in a single layer sprinkle baking soda over them and into the pan. Next pour the boiling water into the pan and let this sit for a few minutes. 

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Since the silver is going to be very hot, use a pair on tongs to remove from the pan and set them on a heat safe surface. Next you will want to take an old rag and add some silver polish to it. Begin to rub the silver and pay close attention to the grooves and details of the pieces. 

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Using a separate clean rag, begin to buff the pieces and clean off any remaining polish. Complete this process 2-3 times a year if you want your silver to maintain a clean and shiny look. 

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For a more detailed explanation check out this how to video above. Let me know how this worked for you and share some pictures of your treasured silver pieces with me! 


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Roasted Okra.

Okra is a classic southern vegetable, and it makes a perfect go-to side dish. Personally, I like my okra more crispy than slimy, so roasting it is a wonderful way to go. Cutting it longwise also helps to give it a bit more crunch and feels like a good fry substitution. 

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It's so simple and tasty, you'll have a new favorite way to enjoy okra! Or, you can always go with the classic Fried Okra if you want to stay true to its roots.

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ROASTED OKRA

  • Whole okra

  • Olive oil

  • Kosher Salt

  • Pepper

Cut okra lengthwise, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake your okra until it's browned to your liking. I tend to like mine crispier than most!

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