The Truth Behind Blueberry Pie.
Plus the pie cookbook winners!

A- Year Of Pies 5


Last week I gave everyone the chance to enter my “Year of Pies” cookbook giveaway. 4 books to give away, only one way to enter. All you had to do was leave a comment telling me what your favourite pie was.

I learned a lot about you and myself with that one simple question.

I learned there are an enormous amount of pie flavours roaming around that I had no idea existed. Chess pie being one of them.  Not Checkers pie.  Chess pie.  And it’s a remarkably popular pie, this pie I’ve never heard of it. I suspect Chess Pie is going to be like one of those words you don’t know exists until someone points it out to you. Then you hear and notice it everywhere. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time I walk into a grocery store there’s a mountainous Chess Pie display with people running and screaming to make sure they get one.

Chess Pie. Look it up. Uch, fine. Here’s the Wikipedia definition.

I also learned that if poked in the eye, more than half of you would choose apple pie as your favourite.   Yes.  It is the apple of your eye.

The more comments I read the more I started to waiver on my own favourite pie.  I was pretty sure it was blueberry.   Until you all started describing warm, straight out of the oven, gooey apple pie, served with a side of “just starting to melt” vanilla bean ice cream.

It got me to thinking apple might be my favourite.  Then I realized I could just have straight out of the oven, warm blueberry pie with a delicious flaky crust and a side of vanilla bean ice cream.  That sounded just as good didn’t it?  Yup.

But when I told the fella about my plans for Blueberry pie, he looked at me scoffed and went on a diatribe about the death trap that is warmed blueberry pie.  It was very fella’s father of him.  It won’t kill you.  Just the people around you.  Blueberry pie I was told is only to be served cold.

Apparently warmed blueberry pie is such a disgusting concoction it’s enough to induce violent gagging among those in the vicinity of the warmed pie eater.  A little known theory is that in his last moments of life, John Bonham was sitting beside a warmed blueberry pie eater.  True story.

So, not wanting to kill anyone, I’m back to warmed apple pie.

I’m also back to giving away the cookbooks.

As promised I have 4 Year of Pies cookbooks by Ashley English to give away.  All randomly chosen.  Except for the last name.  Which was selected by the fella in accordance with his made up rules.





If you are one of the lucky winners, email me at and I’ll take it from there!


If you like warm blueberry pie … raise your hand. If we all raise them high enough and wave them around at the same time we might be able to beat the fella’s inflated head down to normal size again.


  1. Melanie says:

    Hilarious. The fella is COMPLETELY BIASED, but thats why we love him. Congrats to the winners!

  2. missnicoleo says:

    Hahaha, trish deserves to win all the cookbooks

  3. Raymonde says:

    I’m raising both hands and legs, it’s a good thing I’m lying down on the sofa…
    Home made blueberry pie is even better served warm ( or steaming hot) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
    Some people, who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent, should get their taste buds checked!

  4. AnnW says:

    I am raising my hand for warm blueberry pie. Oh yes! I have never really liked apple pies that much, I guess because they seemed so ordinary. Mincemeat is one of my favorites, but hard to get. In New England we often have coffee chiffon pies because we love our coffee flavors. We even make coffee jello.

  5. qtpuh2tme says:

    Congratulations to all four!

    Y’all are making the rest of us our favorite pie now, right? ~:)

  6. Susan says:

    I wanted that book! I am tired of making the same pies over and over again! I will have to cross the road now and buy my own! That’s after I finish eating my dill pickle chips with my warmed any kind of pie! ….I still think he’s a hunka, hunka though! 🙂 . Congrats to the winners! Lucky ducks!

  7. Karen says:

    I LOVE blueberries, but I can’t eat blueberry pie–too many, too intense, too concentrated. nope. Can’t do it–warm or cold.

  8. Allison says:

    Trish is a smart smart lady!

  9. Fresh blueberry pie (like the strawberry pie available in summer) is yummier especially if made with the big blueberries.

  10. Thera says:

    Grats to the winners, but I have to second that comment above, warm blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream is da bomb!

  11. Bonnie says:

    I have to say that rum pecan pie is the best. IF you put enough rum, you won’t care if it is warm or not. You will be.

  12. ev says:

    Warm, almost HOT, blueberry pie GOOD!!!!

  13. Susan says:

    Oh, that’s too funny. My mother made the best pies in the world and my dad’s favourite was blueberry. I remember my father and I moaning in horror the last time she made it because she WARMED it! You eat blueberry pie cold or not at all.
    Now, I’d kill for even a warm blueberry pie that had flaky crust and wasn’t cardboard gluten free!

  14. Deanna says:

    Now I simply HAVE to have some pie! I guess I know what I’m making today then. (-: And I am all about warmed blueberry pie. YUM!

  15. Jamiek says:

    I can’t think of a fruit pie that isn’t good hot, with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  16. Gretchen says:

    Down here in Alabama we were discussing Chess pie and did you know? It comes from the comment, “It’s just pie.” Say that in a very southern vernacular and you can see where ‘chess’ pie might have found it’s beginning.

  17. Diane Amick says:

    Sorry Karen, but I’m one of the chess pie lovers…its my go to pie because I always have the ingredients on hand, and I like it warm, cold, or at room temperature – it’s not fussy like that. Alas, no winning for me. Tell the fella he really should at least give chess pie a chance.

  18. ruth says:

    Can’t think of anything wrong with blueberry pie, warm or cold! Congrats winners!

  19. korrine says:

    Warm blueberry pie fell from Jesus’ lunchbox. It’s delicious! I have also had blueberry sour cream pie which is to die for.

  20. jan says:

    NEVER attempt to serve blueberry pie warm-that’s your warning! Always, always always serve cold blueberry pie!!

  21. Cathy says:

    Mrs. Smith’s Pies did a survey of America’s favorite pies with the following results:
    1. Apple – about 30%
    2. Pumpkin
    3. Chocolate Creme
    4. Cherry
    5. Pecan
    6. Lemon Meringue
    7. BLUEBERRY!!
    8. Key Lime
    9. Peach

  22. Call Me Patty says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Blueberry pie is delicious still warm with Vanilla Ice Cream on the side, melting, melting, melting. The fella struck out on this one.

  23. Nancy says:

    Well..well..well Fella..Who always says what a great guy you are?..Who defends you when Karen picks on you??..Who would never try to put a band-aid on your boo-boo while you are trying to sleep??.. Who thinks you are the Incredible Hunk??..Me Fella..Me..And what is my reward for my faithfulness..A BIG L for loser..I need to go lie down now..Congrats to all you winners and happy pie baking!

  24. Jeannie B. says:

    Has anyone ever tasted date pie? I worked in a dairy bar many years ago. The owner and his wife served home made pies and the one I remember most, was the date pie. Delicious flaky pastry, a cooked date filling and piled high with freshly whipped cream. It was to die for. If I ever was to dream about delicious pie, that would be at the top of the list.

  25. Rachel says:

    The worse pie I ever had was wonderful and for
    the record I love warm blueberries exploding
    in my mouth.

  26. Jo says:

    Tart — not sweet — apple pie with a slice of cheddar. I prefer my pie cold or room temp, but won’t turn down warmed up pie.

  27. sera says:

    I’m raising my hand for blueberry pie. Although I do like a bigger chunk of berry so I actually prefer a mixed berry pie. Apple is always lovely (although not too syrup-y please), and I love our local famous Dahlia Bakery Coconut Cream pie. I just want to say for the record that chess pie sounds suspicious. it sounds a bit like “mock apple” pie which is apparently made with Ritz crackers and lemon juice – weird and suspicious. I don’t approve.

    and next time, you should know that I should win even though I didn’t enter the contest. sigh.

  28. olequiltbat says:

    Have you ever eaten “Grape Pie”? Bought my first one down in the Niagara region. Found a little stall on the side of the road, and the lady had even made “Grape Tarts” as well. Talk about SWEET,
    and most unusual, and very nice. Try it some time.

  29. faith says:

    The best pie I ever baked was an apple pie with a handful of blueberries added to it!

  30. All pie is best warm. Period. But if cold blueberry pie makes the fella happy, what about blueberry hand pies? You could warm yours, he could chill his. No? Alternately, just make two pies, which is a good idea anyway. Dammit. Now I need to go bake some pie.

  31. Melissa says:

    Trish’s entry as well as many posts got me laughing this morning when I really needed it.

    And in related pie discussions, if anyone is interested, check out the movie, WAITRESS. We talked about Bad Baby Pies for years after we saw that movie. Happy Friday, everyone!

  32. allyson says:

    The fella’s dead wrong. Warm blueberry pie rocks. And his selection for a winner…..doesn’t. nuff said.

  33. andrea meyers says:

    trish is brilliant! i am so quoting fella and his fathers “true” whatever for next contest! bring it.

  34. Cyndi says:

    Absolutely LOVE warm blueberry pie a la mode! Mmmmm… My hand is up and waving in the air!

  35. Nicole2 says:

    I’m late piping in here. I’ve been away for a while, but anyway, you haven’t lived until you have had warm sugar pie with ice cream. It makes me weak in the knees. It’s like first love.

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