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Who’s ready for pie?

The leaves are falling, the air is crisp (or as this week has proven, downright gusty) and the holidays are fast approaching. That means it’s almost time for PIE! We’ve rounded up a few baking necessities our kitchens would be lost without and a tried and true pie crust recipe to get you started.

Add a heap of handmade and a dash of Midwest to your kitchen, and you’ll have staples to keep your hearth and home cozy all winter long.

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The right tools are as important as the right recipes!
French Pin by Epicurean (made in the USA from FSC-certified wood) – $39.99 / Mixing Bowl by Architec (made of 98% natural and recycled materials) – $29.99 for three nesting bowls / Pie Pan by Rada (made in the USA) – $32

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When it comes to baked goods, we take Julia’s advice…butter makes it better.
Butter Makes It Better 8×10 Print by Igloo Letterpress (handmade in Ohio) – $18 / Cedar Frame by Lunar Canyon (handmade in the USA from reclaimed wood) – $30 / Kitchen Dock by Stak (handmade in Pittsburgh) – $68 / Wooden Utensils by Bambu (made from organic bamboo) – $4.50-$5

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Once it’s time to enjoy, serve with style.
Wooden Tray by Norman Leigh (handmade in Chicago) – $106 / Pinstripe Napkin by Fog Linen – on sale for $7 / Mug by Boii Studio (handmade in the USA) – $27 / Mulling Spices by Urban Accents (made in Chicago) – $12.50

Tried & True Pie Crust
– 4 c. all-purpose flour
-1 3/4 c. shortening
– 2 tbsp white sugar
– 2 tsp salt
– 1 egg
– 1/2 c. water

In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, shortening, sugar, and salt. Blend together with a pastry cutter until crumbly. In a small bowl, mix egg with water. Blend into flour mixture. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.