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Let the ideas go pie in the sky for Evan Kleiman's second summer pie contest

July 12, 2010 |  6:00 am


Evan Kleiman is deep into her second pie contest. So she’s baking and talking pie all summer. She recently spent time coming up with “Coconana Pie,” made with banana and coconut. And she talked recently with chef Rick Bayless about his longtime love of peach pie:

Bayless said his grandmother would gather her nine grandchildren in Oklahoma to pick bushels of peaches, many of which would end up in pies. Peach pie, he said, is “the most nostalgic food in the world to me.”

Kleiman, chef-owenr of Angeli Caffe and host of KCRW's Good Food show, offers ideas for summer pies on her Good Food blog. And blogger Christie Bishop submitted a campfire favorite turned into a pie: S’Mores Summertime, above.

Last year, about 150 pies were carefully carried to Westfield Topanga shopping mall for the final judging and boundless tasting. The adventurous might take note: The winner was a carefully but traditionally made apple pie.

Judging this year is scheduled for Sept. 5, and the entry form is available on the KCRW website. Categories include fruit, nut, savory – and one that defies categorization, interpretive.

The judges include L.A. Weekly writer Jonathan Gold, Ammo pastry chef Roxanna Jullapat, Huckleberry Café owner Zoe Nathan, Akasha owner Akasha Richmond, Hatfield’s Karen Hatfield and Eric Greenspan of the Foundry on Melrose.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo courtesy of Pardonmycrumbs.com