You might be wondering why my poll this month is about pie. I recently watched the movie Waitress with Keri Russell and got a real hankering for pie. (I know this movie is at least two years old but it just now made it to the top of my Netflix queue.)
Russell’s character works at Joe’s Pie Diner (owned by Andy Griffith playing Joe) and invents wonderful pie creations with fantastically descriptive names like “Bad Baby” pie or “Earl Murders Me Because I'm Having An Affair Pie” pie. The flick is well done and easy on the eyes if you like small-town stories with a little bit o’ drama and a happy ending. It’ll also make you crave pie.
I don’t want to just eat pie, I want to bake pie. I learned a lot about making homemade pies from my grandmother who makes me a lemon meringue pie every time I come to visit. She used to live in Pearland with a Meyer Lemon tree in the backyard. That’s a rare treat. Meyer lemons are sweeter than your average lemon and have a smooth skin.
The first pie I ever baked all on my own was a mincemeat pie. (Traditionally made with a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits, spices, and sometimes beef or venison) Not everyone’s favorite pie, mind you, but when you are competing for the “Daughter-in-law” of the year award you bake what’s ordered. The crust was beautiful; made from scratch with a hand-sculpted, scalloped edge. I’ll be honest with you, the filling was from a jar (gasp!) but for a first-timer it turned out pretty and only one person was going to eat it anyway. I will hereby name this pie “Daughter-in-Law of the Year Trophy Winning” pie.
My next pie endeavor was a no-bake key lime pie but that’s kind of cheating. It tasted great but really only involved heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and frozen lime concentrate. I did expertly craft the crust by smashing a plastic bag full of graham crackers to smithereens. Let’s name this pie “I Got Lots of Help from the Grocery Store” pie.
My next pie creation will be the winner of my pie poll. (Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if it was a pie chart? haha) I vow to make every bit of it from scratch and even wear an apron if I have to. I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out. I’m famous for trippin’ the smoke alarm when I’m in the kitchen (once when I was making mashed potatoes, of all things) so it could go either way…