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This link opens in a new windowThe Great Pie Town Show Down
New Mexico Magazine, September, 2013
"Inside Pie Town's fire station, a pair of white-haired women wearing aprons briskly check in pies from entrants in the town's annual Pie-Baking Contest. With the mingled pride and apprehension of parents dropping off their children on their first day of school, the bakers surrender their best efforts, hoping for the glory of a Pie Town Festival win."

This link opens in a new windowPie Town, NM: The Town that Pie Built
New Mexico True — Travel New Mexico, August, 2013
"There are multiple reasons to exit I-25 in Socorro and head west on U.S. Highway 60. . . Ask any pie lover, though, and they will tell you that 'PieWay 60' is the road to Pie Town, a must-visit destination in the quest for America's beloved dessert."

Going Places, Road Trip: Socorro to Gila.
New Mexico Magazine, March, 2012.
"Along U.S. 60, Pie Town is named for its signature dessert, and you'll find plenty of it at the Pie-O-Neer."

This link opens in a new windowBest of the West: A Slice of Pie
Cowboys & Indians Magazine, June, 2011.
"There may be few things more American than apple pie, and fewer still that could better exemplify the flavor of the West than a pie shop called Pie-O-Neer in a hamlet called Pie Town perched high atop the Datil Mountain Range in New Mexico."

This link opens in a new windowAlien Territory
Outside Magazine, June, 2011.
"In the Gila, you'll remember that the real roadside attractions are the little things you find in the middle of nowhere. (In New Mexico, nowhere has many middles.) And then you might wonder if this is where the ETs actually landed."

This link opens in a new windowWe're on the Map!
New Mexico Tourism Department's Culinary Treasures Trail, 2010.

"Here, we celebrate restaurants that have stood the test of time, independent spots that have become beloved in their neighborhoods and beyond. . . Pie Town is itself an "honorary" Culinary Treasure, because of the long-standing dessert tradition that gave the hamlet its name. . . Today, the place to visit is the Pie-o-Neer on the town's main street, "Pieway" 60, where operator Kathy Knapp keeps the history alive. Kathy comes from a long line of pie-bakers and each day she offers a variety of pie selections from her large repertoire."

Photo of chocolate pie. Photo credit: Kelly D. GatlinThis link opens in a new windowNew Mexico Magazine
June, 2010 "Best Eats" Edition — Best Dessert

Downhome: Chocolate Cream Pie
Restaurant: Pie-O-Neer Pies, Pie Town
Author: Lesley S. King
Photographer: Kelly D. Gatlin

Who would think that the nation's favorite dessert would be thriving at the top of the Continental Divide, some 80 miles down U.S. 60 from the nearest city (Socorro)? Indeed, pies at the Pie-O-Neer are so delicious they’ve received acclaim from such publications as Travel + Leisure and Sunset. When making her renowned chocolate cream pie, chef-owner Kathy Knapp focuses on quality basics. For the crust, she combines equal portions of butter and lard. "The butter adds flavor, while the lard makes it flaky," she says. Knapp uses her grandmother's old-fashioned recipe for egg custard for the filling, then adds chocolate—including half a bar of gourmet dark cacao—until she "likes the way it looks." To finish, she adds a "chunk of butter to make it glisten." You'll feast on this delicacy in an old trading post that borders "PieWay 60," its authentic barn-wood walls covered in historic relics.

This link opens in a new windowA Route 60 Tour of New Mexico and Arizona
Travel + Leisure Magazine, April, 2008.
"Pie Town's official population is 60. It is located on the Continental Divide at an altitude of almost 8,000 feet. On the drive from Magdalena I hardly saw a soul. And yet the curious thing about Pie Town is that while you are at the Pie-O-Neer you feel like you are in the middle of everything."

This link opens in a new windowRolling in Dough
Sunset Magazine.
"In a place called Pie Town, you'd expect to find great pie. But when Kathy Knapp drove the 150 miles from Albuquerque to Pie Town, population 75, there were no pies. . . So in 1994, Knapp, with the help of family and community, put the pie back in Pie Town, serving up her grandmother's recipes. . ."



Cover of bookThis link opens in a new windowA Year or So in the Life of New Mexico: An Uncensored look at life in the land of enchantment
Rick Carver, Editor and Stacy Pearl

"Over 50 photographers have captured the charm and challenges of Life in New Mexico in this unique 224 page softcover, featuring over 400 images in color and Black and White."

The long-awaited book is now available for pre-order. All profits from the sale of this book will benefit the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families based in Santa Fe.

This book includes the Pie-O-Neer.

This link opens in a new windowNew Mexico's Tasty Traditions: Recollections, Recipes and Photos
By Sharon Niederman

Cover of book"Come along to the cakewalk at the Colfax County Fair, forage for chokecherries along the Cimarrón River, cook Dutch-oven stew with cowboys, make enchiladas with Chimayó chile and bake oven bread in a Pueblo horno. Sample tasty pastries in Pie Town and spice up your life at the Hatch Chile Festival. . . Niederman's colorful photographs and lively tales showcase the people and places that reveal the state's varied and venerable culinary roots. Recipes peppered throughout the book will tempt you to create your own tasty traditions."

This book features recipes from the Pie-O-Neer and an interview with owner Kathy Knapp.

Cover of Pie Town novelThis link opens in a new windowPie Town
by Lynne Hinton

From the author: "PIE TOWN is a story that seems to bring together all of my styles of writing. There's a mystery, an unexpected friendship, a call for community, and a bit of mysticism. There is also a real sense of "place" in this story as New Mexico is a captivating and "enchanted" land. I look forward to this publication and will have more information as we get closer to the release date."

This novel includes the Pie-O-Neer's pecan pie recipe and, as you may suspect, a story that will sound familiar to anyone who knows Pie Town well.



This link opens in a new windowStatewide Sing-a-Long to "Feels Like Home" January, 2014 (3:38 YouTube Video)

With the help of the New Mexico Tourism Department, a total of 43 communities and organizations, including the Pie-O-Neer's own Kathy Knapp, have combined for a unique, humorous, and occasionally-in-tune version of "Feels Like Home." These are the actual voices of several hundred New Mexicans singing about the all the things that make the state "feel like home" to them.

This link opens in a new windowMsPie's Porch Party 9/11/2010 (1:26 YouTube Video)

What happens during Pie Town's busiest day of the year? Find out with this view from the porch of the Pie-O-Neer during the 30th Annual Pie Festival.

This link opens in a new windowPie-O-Neer Pie Party 9/11/2010 (0:50 YouTube Video)

A look at the Pie-O-Neer dining room and kitchen during the Pie Festival.

This link opens in a new windowHighlights of the 2009 Pie Festival, created by Dana Pence of Flamboyant Studios.


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