If I could just make pie! – Chrissy Kinsman, Pie Chicks

Last week I had a poetry & pie stop on Martha’s Vineyard which led me to Chrissy Kinsman, the Pie Chick! Wouldn’t you know that Chrissy was also an Ohio native (Avon Lake) and a graduate of The Ohio State University?

Chrissy not only provided wonderful pies for Poetry & Pie, she bakes upwards of 500-700 pies a week in season for the hungry pie eaters on Martha’s Vineyard. After graduating from OSU with a finance degree, she tried the expected route with office –based work. Maybe her Grandma Helen had infused her with pie dreams, because out of dissatisfaction with work as a bookkeeper and business manager and in non-profit development, she hoped for work to feed her soul and one day said to her husband, “If I could only make pie!!”

And so she did! What? Like the often quoted “change requires a leap of faith” or Julia Cameron’s “Leap and the net will appear.” She started making pies and selling at a farm stand and within 4 months was a full time pie chick!

Chrissy didn’t just leap into the kitchen- a family legacy of baking existed and she had dreamed and doodled her logo. And she believed in the joy pie brings, the anticipation that something good is coming. Doesn’t everyone look first at the pie before eating Thanksgiving dinner? And, by the way, pumpkin is her favorite.

She teaches her kitchen team to think of the joy of those who will receive and eat the pie and encourages her bakers to put that joy in the baking, to give –because the generosity of spirit bounces back to you.

“You love to make pie or love the person you are making it for. There is magic in pie”

There is magic in believing in sharing your gifts and talents in the world. You can’t help but be glad Chrissy is sharing hers.  She inspires others to reach.  And the cherry blackberry?  Wow- a mouthful of summer.

Spent my weekend with a pie chick! Delish Martha’s Vineyard pie kitchen.
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First Stop – Pie Sisters

In  March, I traveled to Washington, D.C. for a work-related trip. On my mind was finding pie in the district and I found Pie Sisters of Georgetown.  These three sisters from Virginia- Alli, Bear and Cat Blakely -created the Pie Sisters of Georgetown in the fall of 2010. The charming shop on M Street NW was a feast for pie eyes! Traditional sweet pies, like fruit pies and cream pies, and the savories, represented the day I visited, by the Country Tomato.  Many of the pies were available as a whole pie or a slice, but the best were the “cuppie’s”- little individual pies! No reason to not try more than one!  There was a line. Why not?

Check out the Pie Sisters when you are in D.C.  Or visit them online http://piesisters.com/   (yes, they ship pie!) and Instagram @piesistersdc    The gallery will have your taste buds thinking of pie!