Storms and Cherry Pie

by moderndomestic on June 30, 2012

Yes, DC is in the midst of a massive power outage. And all I can do is worry about cherry pie.

Crazy storms ripped through DC last night. I went to bed before they started, but I woke up to the sound of the rain pounding on our air conditioning unit, and the wind tearing up the trees in the neighborhood. The 100+ degree days we’ve been having in The District are apparently what fueled last night’s massive storm.

Driving to our kitchen in Rockville this morning was treacherous – the streets were covered fallen trees, and many traffic lights at big intersections were out. Just so you know, it’s really hard to treat a five lane highway like a four-way stop – there are so many cars arriving at different times that no one really gets there “first.” You just have to be aggressive and make your way across – even if this freaks out your boyfriend who is having a conniption in the passenger seat.

When we actually got to the market, the heat was sweltering, and many of my customers weren’t there because they were dealing with their power outages. If my power were out, would I be going to the farmers market? Nope. I would be trying to get ice so I could save the contents of my refrigerator.

With 3 million people without power on the East Coast, I’m extremely grateful that I still have power at my place – and at my kitchen. These are the things that you just have to deal with as a small business owner – they’re entirely out of my control, even if they directly affect my business. Cherry pie and cheddar jalapeno quiche seem like small concerns amidst this state of emergency. But they’re my livelihood, so I can’t help but hope that things will be more settled tomorrow and bring people out to the Bloomingdale market.

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Pie Party

by moderndomestic on May 2, 2012


If any of you are in the DC area, you should stop by Whisked!’s one year anniversary party on Tuesday, May 8, from 6-9pm at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan (2427 18th Street NW). I’ll be giving out free pie slices while supplies last – so the early birds will be rewarded with pie.

I could write a very, very long post about everything I learned in the first year of business. I learned about things like the proper way to put up a tent, what people will pay for a cookie, and the best way to weigh down pie crusts when you’re par-baking them. I learned about how to enter a deposit in Quickbooks, what people will pay for wholesale cookies, and why local apples rock. And I learned about a whole bunch of other things – many things, I’m sure, I won’t even be fully aware of until years later. I could write more, but I need to prep for our baking session tomorrow. We’re going to have a big day, since 14th and U starts up again on Saturday and I need to get everything ready.

In any event, come to the party and help us celebrate our first year in business! RSVP on Facebook.

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All The New Flavors

April 28, 2012

The first Pie CSA I opened to the general public, which ran from January to April, just had its last pick up yesterday. People signed up to receive two six inch pies every other week – one sweet and one savory. A big part of the program is that the pies were all off-menu flavors […]

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What Makes Something “Local?”

April 17, 2012

I really liked this piece from The Post about why Qualia Coffee, a local coffee roaster, isn’t allowed to sell at some farmers’ markets in the DC area. The reason? Because, although Qualia roasts the coffee locally, the beans themselves aren’t locally sourced (literally, they can’t be grown in this climate). I think this is […]

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Pies and the new Pie CSA Subscription

April 11, 2012

The big thing that happened this week is that I changed the way we sell our pies. I have been agonizing over this decision for months – getting feedback from friends and customers, talking to Soupermom, playing out all the scenarios in my head. A lot of the people I talked to were like “Dude, […]

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Rhubarb

April 7, 2012

I was going to write about all the updates I made to the site today. Because I did make a lot of updates to the site and I’d love it if you’d check them out and let me know if you love and/or hate them. But when I sat down to write, I realized that […]

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Second Place Feels Like First

April 4, 2012

I put this all over Facebook last week, but Whisked! came in second for “Best Pie” in the Washington City Paper’s “Best of DC” Poll. I was seriously thrilled with second place – like, Whisked! is a virtual entity (especially in the winter, when we’re not at the markets), and our reach is smaller than […]

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Hello Again

March 28, 2012

There have been many, many people asking me when I’m going to get back to writing. And not just my parents (although, okay, they are one of the top people). I’m not going to promise that I can post all the time, but I’ve missed this space and I have so much going on, and […]

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Easy Picture-Perfect Ice Cream Sandwiches

August 1, 2011

I don’t write about the stuff I bake for Spilled Milk all that often, because it’s usually the same things over and over again. I mean, how many times do you really want to hear I made 175 mini cupcakes? But last week we had a media tasting for a bunch of DC food writers […]

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Community Supported Pie

July 22, 2011

About a month ago, I read about a new trend sweeping the nation – Pie CSAs. Yes, just like a CSA from a farm, people sign up for a “share” from a bakery where they’ll get a different pie every week. I thought this sounded pretty awesome. So, this is one of the good parts […]

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