The best pie shops in the United States


There are few things in life I know for sure. One thing is that nothing else can brighten up your day, especially after exams and arguments, like a good pastry filled with fruits and sugar. And because I’m planning a camping trip across the country, I’ve decided to put together a list of the best pie shops in the USA.

So arm yourself with something sweet, because these shops are going to make your mouth water. Are you ready? Here are the main destinations for a pie lover.

Pie Corps, Brooklyn

This one could go unnoticed if a local didn’t point it out. The shop is tiny and hidden near the McGolrick Park in Brooklyn. Pie Corps offers many sweet and savory treasures, which are more than delicious, with their flaky crust and creative, seasonal fillings. A favorite among customers is The Minty Chocolate, made with sea salt, and the lemon basil custard, which I admit is the first one I’m going to try.

They even have a signature pie, the apple crumb with rosemary, which is best enjoyed with a hot black coffee. The shop offers everything to go as well if you want to take advantage of the shop’s proximity to the park.


Not Just Pie, Monroe, LA

This shop is mostly known for its fabulous pecan pie, for which it even won an award. The chef bakes the pecans in the pie crust first, a thing that allows an even distribution. According to the Internet, the owners started selling a traditional peach pie, which is excellent since these are trendy right now. So, if you want savory goodness, then check them out. If you are a local, there’s no excuse for not visiting the shop.

Manderfield’s Home Bakery, Fox Valley

Fox Valley’s Manderfield’s Home Bakery, although it has a mouthful name, has been in the pie-making game since 1934, which means the people there know a thing or two about baking a delicious surprise. Try out their turtle pie, which is made of chocolate, caramel, and pecans, and also the custard pies, that seem to be particularly delicious and colorful. Even the shop itself is exquisite, which adds a lot to the whole experience.


Three Brothers Bakery, Houston

The bakery was opened in 1949 by a family of Holocaust survivors. Today, it is run by the same Jucker family and their descendants, and they sell delicious goodies like the signature gingerbread cookies. They also make customized cakes for any special occasion. They take pride in the ingredients they use, and in the fact that the pies offer unexpected flavors.

These were some of the pie shops that stood out for me. If you love pies, make sure you support your local shops, because if you don’t do that, they could go out of business, especially since they already have to compete with plain and tasteless products from international brands with a lot of capital.

My favorite piece recipes

Whenever you’re feeling down, food can lift up your mood. A good meal is the perfect ending to a stressful day at the office. There are so many cool recipes you can try and many of them require just a few ingredients and some spare time. It all comes down to putting passion into what you’re cooking and letting your imagination fly.

I’ve always been a food lover so I try to learn as much as possible in the cooking department. Whenever I get the chance, I look for smart recipes that I cook for my friends. It’s a nice gesture and because it comes from the heart, it’s truly appreciated by others.

One of my favorite recipes that I cook on a regular basis is the stovetop chicken pot pie. Because it’s entirely homemade it has a special taste that you’ll never forget. You can use a large saucepan if you like. Or even a big pan that you have in the kitchen.

In order to make this easy recipe, you’ll need 4 frozen buttermilk biscuits, some chicken stock, whole milk, 3 tablespoons of flour, poultry seasoning, a small chopped onion, carrots, a little butter, some shredded rotisserie chicken, frozen green beans, and fresh parsley.

Once you crush the buttermilk biscuits, you should place the composition on the bottom of the saucepan, to create a bed for the rest of the ingredients. Then, in a large mason, just shake the chicken stock along with the whole milk, poultry seasoning, and regular flour. After the onions and the carrots are cooked in the butter, you can slowly whisk the milk in the entire mixture. You can bring to a boil and let it simmer. Just make sure you stir from time to time until it gets really thick. Put the composition over the shredded rotisserie chicken and green beans and let it cook for 5 minutes. Let it cool down for a couple of minutes and pour everything over the biscuit bed. It’s delicious and you can eat it for a late brunch or even dinner.  


Since you should never say no to dessert, a cranberry pie should be more than enough to fix your sweet tooth. Make sure you get one pie crust and some fresh cranberries. In addition, don’t forget about the sugar, flour, one egg white, and the whipping cream.

The preparation is quite simple. Start by preheating the oven to 435 degrees. Then, roll out the piecrust and put in a 9-inch pie pan. Pour all the cranberries and form a thick layer. In a medium bowl, you need to sift the sugar and the flour. After you beat the egg white in another bowl, pour the flour and slowly stir into the cream. Put the cream on top and bake for about 50 minutes. Let the cranberry pie cool before grabbing a slice.


How to cook a great meal at the campsite


There’s something unique about cooking in nature. All of the sudden, even a simple meal tastes better than the one made in your home kitchen. It’s not about cooking complex recipes with expensive ingredients. Basically, the fresh air and some basic cooking rules can transform a common food into a fine delight.

I believe that if you know some cooking tips, you’re good to go. However, you need to be prepared to have patience because it takes time to master the grill.

The first step is to establish what you are going to cooking before embarking on your camping trip. It’s important to pack cooking supplies such as a box of matches or lighter fluid that comes in handy if you prefer to do the cooking over an open fire.



In terms of dishes, you can never go wrong with a set. You’ll find plenty of options for sale to choose from that have everything a camper needs. Plus, most of these products are suitable for large groups of people and the manufacturing material is easy to clean and to handle. Nevertheless, you’ll be more than fine with a large and a medium pot, a pan, cans, aluminum foil, and a portable grate that you can put over the fire pit. Also, don’t forget to make room in your bag for a spatula and tongs. Without these two, you might have a hard time trying to pull the food of a fire.

There are several ways to cook while using a campfire. Some of them are easier while other more complex. For example, you’ll definitely need to make a roast during the majority of your camping trips. So, it’s important to develop your own technique that is effective and less time-consuming.

Generally, the basic form of cooking outdoors is to use direct heat. In addition, you have more than one option. Either you wrap the food in aluminum foil and put each piece on the hot coals until they are evenly cooked. Even though this method requires more than one checking, the results are great, especially if you cook things that need high temperatures.



Besides this, you can use a grate placed over the open fire and grill the meal just like you do when having a barbecue outside, in your backyard. The only drawback is that if you opt for this, it might take longer for the food to be ready.

If you want to make some soup or a delicious stew, you’ll need pots and pans. Then, after building the fire, let it die until the only remaining are the hot coals. Put the pot or the pan over these coals. It’s important to follow these steps because a meal like this requires a slow cooking process and a less fire.



5 gadgets you need to consider if you’re into RVing


I am spending a lot of time on outdoorsy adventures and most of this time, I am in my faithful RV. Since I go camping on my own, I need some clever devices to depend on. I am always interested in making the best of everything I buy, so a substantial investment like an RV, definitely comes with its fair share of challenges. Here is my take on 5 essential gadgets any RV owner should buy.



A backup camera

There is no other way around it. An affordable backup camera for RV is a must. You cannot make sure that you are preventing all the accidents that could happen only because you didn’t see what is going on behind you.

RVs, by definition, are large vehicles, and getting proper visibility in the back is quite an important issue. A backup camera can solve this problem, and it can keep you out of trouble, too, since you don’t have to rely on a rear view mirror only.



You may wonder why in the world you should purchase a GPS unit that caters specifically to RV owners. Why shouldn’t just any GPS do? For starters, there are some advantages to enjoy from getting an RV GPS. You will be able to learn about RV-friendly places along the way, and about routes that allow you to pass with your vehicle, thus preventing you from making significant detours.


A gadget for monitoring tire pressure

This is the type of device that doesn’t come cheap, but, in my opinion, it is one of the most helpful. Before reaching for some fancy coffee machine or who knows what else others might consider cool to have, like in my case, you should first invest in such a system.

Having to deal with a blowout tire on the road can be a real hassle. With the help of this tire monitoring system, you will be able to tell the state of your tires, to prevent such problems.



Electric braking system

I value safety above all else, and embarking on long RV trips sounds like the type of circumstance when I want and need to be extra cautious. In inclement weather, when the streets become wet and dangerous, having additional assistance for your brakes is invaluable. Invest in a good quality one, to enhance the braking abilities of your vehicle.


A weather radio

You should be able to stay informed on weather changes and especially on alerts related to rapidly changing conditions. I thought about getting a portable weather radio for my RV trips, so I can avoid unpleasant mishaps along the way and truly enjoy my adventures.