You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a pie by its crust. This is hands-down the best pie crust ever, adapted from my mother-in-law Mary Jane’s recipe. It’s buttery, rich, flaky and unforgettable. You can make the dough, wrap it, and freeze for baking later.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (3 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 extra-large egg


  Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender, food processor, or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  Whisk the vinegar, egg, and 1/2 cup of ice water together and mix into the flour mixture with your hands until just combined.
  Transfer to a clean work surface, and gently press to form a dough. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Shape each into a ball, flatten slightly to form a disk, and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour. Roll out as indicated in your recipe.


Feel free to use salted butter. If you do, skip adding the 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Mary Jane was given the original version of this recipe by a friend while living in San Diego and adjusting to life as a new mom with a husband at war. I often think of her when preparing this dough and can only imagine what a challenging time it must have been for her. Yet somehow, she still made time to bake pies. I love that.

Images by Thayer Allyson Gowdy


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!