Monday, February 20, 2017

Hello pie fanatics!

How are you all on this cold winter day? This weather is absolutely dreadful. The rain has a way of making me lazy and without motivation, especially when it's snowing on top of it. During the last couple of months it has snowed twice, and rained most of those months. I can't tell you how excited I am for summer. I am counting down the days for warm weather, graduation, and the start of a new beginning for me!

Hopefully, our pies are adding a bit of warmth to you all, because if you're like me, you need the most comforting and warm food you can get. As some of you may know, we have brought our pot pies back. It's crazy how many smiles brighten when I say we have them! Here's the thing; it's just so easy and less stressful than cooking a whole meal yourself. You get around 6 servings in one large pie, and that will easily fill up your whole family! They pair perfectly with a side salad, or if taco pie is more your jam, just serve it like a taco salad. We are also carrying the individual mini pot pies at Ukiah Natural Foods, which is perfect if you're in a rush. The flavors available now are; saged mushroom (vegetarian option), taco, and chicken. I am a vegetarian, and for all of you fellow meat haters, we got a delicious alternative that will fill you up! I know for me, the biggest struggle was getting full with no meat on my plate, but then my mom and sisters created an alternative that left me feeling full, light, and wonderful.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pastry Shells now Available

Hello beautiful souls! Hope you're lives are as decadent and comforting as pie. I can't wait to tell you some of the new things that have been happening at Kemmy's Pies! Our pot pies are now available every day, pastry pie shells can now officially be purchased, and we had a wonderful time at the Crab, Wine, & Beer Fest. Meeting new people, new recipes, and enjoying the coastal views of our exquisite Mendocino County.

As some of you may know, we are in the pie business! However, we know that some of you prefer to make your own pies...crazy right? We have had many customers over the years boldly and sometimes sheepishly, request to purchase just our pastry shells, so that you can make your own creations at home.  We have been selling the pastry shells based on special request only, but have decided to start selling our single, empty pastry shells to all that are interested! We like to use these shells for pies like custards, crumb top, and meringue flavors of our sweet pies. We've also been known to sneak in a few quiches over the years for catered breakfasts and such. So, if you are wanting to make a pie to call your own, but don't want to go to the trouble of making the dough and getting a perfectly pinched crust, come on over to the pie shop! There are endless quiche variations and sweet pies just waiting to be created within the pastry shell. The beauty of pie is that it is so versatile, you can craft the most perfect of recipe or use whatever you already have on hand...sweet or savory...breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND/OR dessert! Don't be afraid to try anything! We would love to see what you can create using Kemmy's crust, so don't hesitate to share photos via Facebook, Instagram, or over email ( #kemmyspies.

We recently took part in an event for the Mendocino Coast Clinics, a wonder local non-profit organization. It was their annual "Crab Cake Cook-Off!" We have been providing dessert pie tastings at the event for the past several years, but this year the event coordinators had a special request. They asked if we would be willing to create a special crab pie to feature alongside our sweet pies. Feeling adventurous, we excitedly responded yes. We created a new and unique crab pie solely for this fundraiser and wanted to share our recipe with you, given that we think it goes perfectly in our pastry shells!

3 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup of chopped onions
1 tablespoon of fresh, minced garlic
1/2 cup of chopped spinach
1 cup of cooked, crumbled bacon (reserve 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked pepper (freshly cracked always adds more flavor!)
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
2 tablespoons of flour
1 cup of heavy cream or milk
1 cup of fresh grated parmesan (reserve 1/4 cup)
4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
1 cup of grated mozzarella
1 cup of lump crab meat (we used local crab from Caito Fisheries)
Smoked Paprika

On a medium skillet, heat butter until it foams. Add onions and garlic, then cook until tender. Next, add bacon and spinach, and simmer for another five minutes. Add salt, pepper, and cayenne, and stir well. Add flour, while stirring consistently for three minutes. Add milk and stir until everything becomes thickened. Reduce heat, and add cheeses, while stirring until it is all thoroughly blended. Add crab then remove pan from the stove.

Finishing touches:
Grab your pie shell and put the filling in it. Sprinkle the top with the remaining bacon, cheese, and dust with paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes, or until crust is golden and filling has begun bubbling.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Warmth and Comfort in the New Year

Happy new year fellow pie enthusiasts! So many things took place last year, that I don't quite know where to begin. Life sure has a way of surprising you at any possible second…but isn't that the beauty of it?

Safeway has been a major contribution to the growth of our business. They were a customer that some tried to say would force us to grow to a point that we would lose some of our product quality. It may have been a bit overwhelming at first, but then again growing your business alway presents new challenges. We experience it every time we add a new route, with new stores and we are always up for the challenge. Gaining more customers from Humboldt to the Bay area has been a real treat for us. The most enjoyable moment is when customers far from Willits, step into our pie kitchen for the first time. It is heart warming to know that people far away (even outside of California), enjoy our pies.

Recently, we had a customer come in from San Francisco. He had special ordered his favorite pies the day before. When he showed up, it was as if he were a little boy again, entering his favorite sweet shop. He ended up staying for an hour and a half watching us do our work and continuously raving about the pies. His wife finally said "honey, we should let them get to their work.”

I think that was the day I realized what Kemmy’s Pies really portrays. We don't just provide a product to taste good and have a profit. That has never been the goal, but in being something more than just another product on the shelf. We like to think that we can bring warmth and comfort to homes that may or may not have it, or a reminder of a loved one that used to make pies when you were a child, especially during the holidays. It is such an honor to know that you all save a spot for our pies to share with your friends and families at the dinner table. It warms my heart knowing our pie is being served to hundreds of families in places I don't even know.  I will give you a little secret, it's the love thing I mentioned earlier. When you put your passion and every part of you into something, trust me, it will come out beautifully. Thank you for believing in us.