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September 06, 2011
Anyone who’d made a beautiful blueberry pie would smile as broadly as Chris Howard is in this picture, but Chris has a bunch of extra reasons to smile – if not crow – about this pie. And so do I. This may look like an old-fashioned blueberry pie to you, but to us it’s a technological breakthrough: Chris, a first-time pie maker, crafted this beauty from start to finish following the step-by-step video instructions in our soon-to-be-released iPad App: Baking with Dorie.
I’ve got a lot to tell you about the App and I will soon, but for now I’ll give you just enough background so that you can fully appreciate the triumph that is Chris’s pie.
Chris is one-third of CulinApp, the team behind my app. (Should ‘app’ be capitalized? I bet Apple’s got rules for this. Note to self: find out!) CulinApp’s other two-thirds are CEO Bob Huntley, and my long-time friend, television producer Geof Drummond. I worked with Geof on Baking with Julia and these days he’s best known for Avec Eric (he just won an Emmy for the series!) and all those wonderful Julia and Jacques programs.
Back to Chris … he’s an ace programmer (he’s the app’s software architect), but baking isn’t exactly his specialty and he probably would never have made a pie if he weren’t anxious to test his handiwork.
There are four ways to look at each of the over 20 recipes in the app and they all lead you to step-by-step video. We shot the video in my Connecticut kitchen and made everything here from start to finish so that you can truly bake along with me – or, put another way – I can bake along with you! And so, when you look at this picture of Chris, you can see that he’s checking his crust against the video. I love it!
And I loved that Chris’s pie came out looking just like the one I made during the video shoot – golden brown with traces of bubbled-over blueberry juice on top, which is just the way I like fruit pies to look.
PS: If you want to know when the app will be released (it should be within the next week or so), stay tuned here or put your name on CulinApp's email list
, Baking with Dorie
, blueberry pie
, Geoffrey Drummond
, iPad app
In the Kitchen
Kathy - Panini Happy
| September 6, 2011 4:41 PM
Anxiously awaiting your new app, Dorie - how exciting! (from my iPad :-))
| September 6, 2011 5:26 PM
I love your book and I'm so thrill about the opportunity to bake with you virtually.
Thanks Dorie for doing this.
Sue/the view from great island
| September 6, 2011 5:46 PM
The pie is gorgeous, can't wait for the app!!!
Snippets of Thyme
| September 6, 2011 9:41 PM
So cool! That will be such a wonderful tool to have in the kitchen. Now I want an i-pad! The blueberry pie looks wonderful indeed and Chris looks so adorable working hard at following his instructions!
| September 7, 2011 12:32 AM
Ah, ya'll are just teasin us out here. We are waiting waiting waiting. In the mean time just send us some of that beautiful berry pie. Enough said. I pronounce the "AP" baked. Let's Go.
Lee aka Kaptainkosh
| September 7, 2011 6:12 PM
I really love your blog! So cool you have your own app.
I live in New York City and recently started cooking and got really into it. I started my own blog called, "Cookin' with the Kaptain". Would love if you would take a look and let me know what you think!
Thanks - KK
| September 8, 2011 9:49 PM
I have long been a fan of your books and your blog, and I absolutely can't wait for your app. This is such a unique concept, and I think this is the just the sort of thing we need to get my generation in the kitchen. As a young person just starting to learn about cooking and baking, I can tell you this will be an invaluable resource for me - step by step photos are hard to come by in many cookbooks. Congratulations on a great idea!
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