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We're bringing back the piecast. In honor of Pie-A-Day season at Good Food and our upcoming contest in September, here's a special, bonus podcast all about pie. 

Akasha Richmond of Akasha Restaurant in Culver City looks back at her years as Michael Jackson's personal chef. He really loved banana cream pie. Cream pies are also Roxana Jullapat's favorite. She also likes cream cheese crust, which she recommends as something "you would have to be really bad at" to mess up. Nicole Mournian, who won last year's Good Food Pie Contest, prefers an all-butter crust for pie beginners. And Bruce Aidells loves pastry dough with goat meat inside.

You'll find a pie recipe every day this summer on the Good Food blog. Click here to enter YOUR delicious pie (or pies) in the 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest. It's happening Saturday, September 7 at LACMA.

Banner image: Judge Ilan Hall samples entries at the 2012 Good Food Pie Contest. Photo: Caught in the Moment

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Main Topic Baking Pie for Michael Jackson 2 MIN, 53 SEC

Akasha Richmond runs Akasha Restaurant in Culver City, but before that she cooked for Michael Jackson at home and on the road. When Richmond baked banana cream pie in the evening, Jackson would take a small slice, but by the next morning, the whole pie would be gone. 

Main Topic Cream Cheese Pie Dough 4 MIN, 53 SEC

Roxana Jullapat, pastry chef and co-owner of Cooks County, recommends that first-time pie bakers mix flour, butter and cream cheese for a very easy crust. 

Find Jullapat's recipe for cream cheese pie dough on the Good Food blog.

Photo: Roxana Jullapat's Vintage Strawberry Pie, made with cream cheese dough.


Main Topic How to Win a Pie Contest 8 MIN, 34 SEC

Spend money at the farmers' market, go for an all-butter dough, and stop worrying about making your pie look pretty. The best pies are the ugliest, says Nicole Mournian, pastry chef at Gjelina and Gjelina Takeaway. Mournian won the 2012 Good Food Pie Contest, and this year she'll be a judge.

Find a list of her tips on the Good Food blog.

Photo: After Nicole Mournian won the 2012 Good Food Pie Contest, she went on to nab another ribbon at the 2013 American Pie Competition in Orlando, Florida. 



Main Topic Put Meat in Your Pastry Dough 3 MIN, 36 SEC

gf130722meat.jpgBruce Aidells is author of The Great Meat Cookbook. He loves all kinds of combinations of pastry and meat, but some of his favorites come from Jamaica and Eastern Europe.

The Great Meat Cookbook

Bruce Aidells

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