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A little while ago I was on QVC. And it was wild.
A few months ago, my publisher informed me that QVC host David Venable was interested in my cookbook. Would I be interested in going on-air to sell it with him?
Um. Blink. Blink.
My answer was, of course, yes.
So, a few Wednesdays ago, I drove down to suburban Philadelphia, stomach aflutter, and my heart only mildly racing. But I had no reason to be nervous. David is a pro, and the segment flew by. I even got him to do a “happy dance” while tasting one of my many pies.
Here’s a clip of my segment. Make a pie, then do your own happy dance!
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Guys, I’m going to be on QVC tomorrow night with host, David Venable! My cookbook will be on sale, we’ll be talking pie, and David will no doubt sample some of the recipes from the book. The show is on Wednesday from 8-10 Eastern time (5-7 Pacific).
For those of you on the East coast, we’re expecting another winter storm. There’s no better way of confronting inclement weather, than with a little home shopping !
I’ll be back soon to tell you all about it.
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Last Friday I went on local television to bake a pie– a Chocolate Raisin Pie. I think chocolate and raisins are sort of the perfect combination. I always eat the raisins with the chocolate chips out of the “bad-for-you” trail mix. (Which is really the only type of trail mix I like.) I love a Raisinet. And an oatmeal raisin cookie is always sublime with a few bittersweet chocolate chunks thrown in. So when I found a recipe for Chocolate Raisin Pie while doing research for the pie book, I knew I had to try it. I modernized the classic, and toyed with proportions, and arrived at a delicious dessert.
This pie is a perfect winter pie, it’s still fruity (from the raisins), but in a concentrated way. It’s rich, and moist, but the chocolate is not overwhelming. I hope you like it! You can find the recipe here.
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I mentioned last week that I would be doing a local television spot. Well, I did it; and it’s up on-line. The host and I chatted about pumpkin pie (complete with roasting your own pumpkin). Then I demonstrated making the filling, which couldn’t be any simpler. If you’re looking for a holiday dessert recipe, this one is a classic– rich and delicious.
For those of you in the New Haven area, I am also appearing at the main branch of the New Haven public library to talk pie tomorrow at 6 pm. There will be samples, so come down, I’d love to see you!
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Last week I was in Philadelphia. Not for vacation, not to see the Liberty Bell, nor Reading Terminal Market. I was in class. QVC class. Yep, in a few months I’m going to be on that famed shopping network promoting my cookbook. (Aaaahhh! Live television gives me the vapors!) But before I can do this, I had to get trained in the nuances of what it means to be on television– QVC -style. That meant a trip to the Philadelphia area, which is where QVC is located, and a long and grueling day of media training.
Now I’m not complaining. I needed it. And it was only one day, but by the end, I was in media overload.
That evening, after sitting in traffic on the expressway, then fighting more traffic in the city, I was more than happy to fall backward onto my cushy king-sized hotel bed overlooking the Philadelphia Art [...]
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This is a picture of the two pies I brought down to Washington, DC with me last week– in that horrible heat wave that struck the East Coast. These pies were cooling on my kitchen counter in Connecticut ready to make their debut at the NPR studios in DC. They were covered in pure white, flour sacks, nestled in the backseat of my car, and transported, out of Connecticut, through New York, down through Jersey, skipping through Delaware, stopped in traffic in Maryland, and finally, on to Dupont Circle.
There they stayed overnight, sitting on a hotel windowsill, until they were tasted the next day by Linda Wertheimer, host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Ms. Wertheimer didn’t simply have a sweet morning snack, these pies played an integral part in my interview for the show. We talked pie! And the interview began with a sampling of these two pies from my book.
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Each season NPR.org selects its best cookbooks.
And guess what?
United States of Pie was chosen!
To read the article, and to see the other cookbooks selected, go here.
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I will be spending a few weeks in California this summer; I can already feel the (dry) sun on my back! While there, I will be giving two readings. On Thursday, July 30, I will be reading at Village Books in the Pacific Palisades, at 7:30 pm, and the following week I will be reading on Thursday, August 6, at Book Passage in the Ferry Building of San Francisco at 6:00 pm. I would love to meet any and all of my California readers. Come on down!
Hope you’re having a wonderful summer,Adrienne
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To all my readers in the Nutmeg State, I will be appearing at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, Monday evening June 15, with fellow memoirist, Giullia Melucci. Later that same week, on Saturday June 20, at 2 pm, I will also be at the Yale Barnes and Noble. Both events are free to the public, and I will be reading, and signing my book. Come on down, I would love to meet you!
In other news… Do you compost? Well, I didn’t. That is until my friend, and fellow writer, Jude Stewart wrote a detailed article, rating composters, and needed copious amounts of food scraps. She turned to me, and I quickly realized I make a lot of reusable trash. You can read her article here, and if you are in the market for a state-of-the-art composter, she just may have [...]
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Do you know Sarah McColl? She is the author of the exquisite blog Pink of Perfection. Her blog has a little bit of everything: food, crafting, shopping, and living, all written in Sarah’s breezy style. Well, she was nice and enough to do a profile about me. I answered a few of her thought-provoking questions, about the book, writing, and cooking. Click on over, to read a little more. Thanks Sarah!
In other news, a few weeks back I did an interview (also book-related), with Evan Kleinman, the host of LA’s Good Food, on KCRW, their NPR affiliate. The segment aired over the weekend. Give a listen, to hear a bit more!