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A Friend In Pie: Kate Payne

Have you heard of food swaps? Which is to say, the sort of affair where maybe you bring 8 jars of homemade jam while someone else brings bags of homemade granola or shortbread cookies or bottle of home brew or tubs of mozzarella, all the offerings get set out on a table, and then everything gets swapped? Well, if you have, then you’ve got Kate Payne to thank for that. If not, consider yourself now schooled.

The voice behind the book and blog Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, Kate helped to bring the concept of food swap meet-ups to the forefront of the culinary and homesteading landscape. Based in Austin, TX, she writes about everything from homemade house cleaners to gluten-free bread, and so, so very much more. She’s a renaissance lady if there ever was one.

She’s also a personal friend. In the build up to the launch of her book, Kate contacted me, asking if I’d be interested in hosting a potluck during her book tour. Having only been digital pals, I leapt at the chance to rub shoulders with her, real-time. She came out to the house May 2011 and our friendship was an instant one.

When I was hunting around for guest recipe contributors for A Year of Pies, Kate immediately came to mind. A gluten-free baker, I knew she’d be able to offer the book’s readers a recipe in that vein, an arena I’m not skilled in myself. And boy, did she ever. Her autumnal-inspired Gluten-Free Streusel Apple Pie  promises to deliver little slices of heaven on a plate.

Thank you, Kate, for your contribution to the book. And thank you for your friendship and general awesomeness. Check her out, friends, if you haven’t already. Whether you’re hoping to frugally trick out your house or creatively whip up a jar of jam, Kate is your lady.

6 Responses to A Friend In Pie: Kate Payne

  • Ashley says:

    Would love to be a part of a food swap! Going to try and conjur one up here in Ohio with friends.
    Thank you!

  • Cyn says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Kate last fall and the double pleasure of tasting one of her gluten-free apple pies. Heavenly! Reading her Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking, I am in awe of her smarts in and around the home. I’m so glad she is a part of A Year of Pies. What a great collection of bakers you’ve assembled in your beautiful book, Ashley.

  • Ashley says:

    This is amazing–I live in Austin, and have been wondering if other people would be interested in this! How lucky for me–I’m joining her food swap network now!! Thanks, Ashley :)

  • I heard about food swaps last summer and participated in my first one after my fall harvest and canning frenzy. There is an amazing food swap community in the Boulder/Denver area called Mile High Swappers. It’s great fun and I come home with the most eclectic goodies!

  • amanda says:

    we are hosting a food swap here in Black Mt. next weekend! it’s the first I’ve hosted and I’m so excited for it. I also need to get crackin’……

  • Kate also teaches classes on fermented foods and canning. Her classes are well organized and interesting. Yea for Kate!