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KCRW's pie contest is Nov. 14; you still have time to perfect your recipe

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Pumpkins, apples, even tomatoes and zucchini are all practically begging to get baked into pies at this time of year. To be honest, all year round there are fruits and vegetables -- and nuts and meats and other things, too -- that make wonderful pies.

If you are a pie baker, you may be used to showing off your crusts. Here's a chance to go pie-dish to pie-dish with other proud bakers: KCRW's "Good Food" is holding a pie contest on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Westfield Topanga Shopping Center. Nov. 8 is the deadline to register.

The four categories are: fruit and nut; cream, custard, chiffon and mousse; savory; and interpretive pie, one that "defies categorization." Judges include Campanile's Mark Peel and Russ Parsons, the Food editor at the Times.

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The pie contest was a result of "Good Food" host Evan Kleiman's summer project. She set out to bake a pie a day, and says she's learned a great deal in the process about crusts and thickeners and fillings. She's made little Nutella "hand pies," chicken pot pies and all manner of fruit pies in recent weeks.

-- Mary MacVean

(Photos: Plum pie, top, and honey guava chiffon pie by Evan Kleiman.)

 
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