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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: January 14, 2014

From blueberry to humble, Maine-made pie for all on Natl. Pie Day

Written by: Susan Axelrod


From popcorn to peking duck, nearly every food seems to have its own “day.” Many of these may be a little bit of a stretch: do we really need a day to celebrate curried chicken (Jan. 12) or pecan cookies (Sept. 21)?

But when it comes to pie, a national day of celebration, which is tomorrow, Jan. 23, makes perfectly delicious sense. Pie is not only newly trendy — hand pie displays are replacing cupcake towers at wedding receptions — it’s been around forever.  What other dessert could be beloved by both Jane Austen, who wrote “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness,” and Homer Simpson, who moaned “Mmmm … pie pants”? Pie has got it going on.

Maine boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pie. In honor of National Pie Day, feast your eyes on this selection. For more on National Pie Day, see the website for the American Pie Council (yep, there is such a thing!)

Pick up a pie (or three)

Here’s where you can find some of Maine’s best pies. If I’ve missed your favorite pie place, please let me know in the comments.

Two Fat Cats

47 India St., Portland
Quite possibly the state’s most famous pie purveyor offers a variety of seasonal fruit fillings and others — chocolate cream, mixed berry — year ’round

Maine Pie Line

200 Anderson St., Portland
Diplomat-turned-pie-baker Briana Warner turns out “pies like your mother never made,” including chocolate-stout, pear-frangipane and savory pies too. The menu changes every week.

Little Bigs

340 Main St., South Portland
This newcomer specializes in hand pies with a world of fillings, mostly savory, but some are on the sweet side.

Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe

Tontine Mall/149 Maine St., Brunswick
Available all the time: apple, blueberry and mixed berry in both double crust and crumb topping. Other varieties change with the seasons.

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