This Tip's for my Boston-area followers . . . others of you might find inspiration from Bon Appetit's "The Hot 10" list.
I don't know 'bout you, but I'm a pie girl. I love it. More than cake, even. I like my homemade the best (if I do say so myself . . . don't knock lard 'til you've had my crust, I tell you!), but when I'm feeling lazy, I trust Petsi of Petsi Pies in Somerville to make it for me. Truth be told, I find Petsi's crust to be a little on the bland side, and not quite flaky enough . . . but I'm being really picky here. Her pies are freshly made, seasonally inspired and delicious. No one will hate you for bringing one of these sweeties to a gathering, trust me. Just be sure to call ahead for special flavors or to ensure that popular pies are still available for purchase . . . you know what they say about that early bird!