For the Love of Pie
By Bernadette A Moyer
Who doesn’t like pie? Sweet banana cream pie, classic apple pie, peace crumb pie and savory chicken pot pie just to name a few. I am known for my mile high apple pie and classic pumpkin pie. Recently after a trip to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York where they are known for their grapes and wineries I had to try the local grape pie. It was made from concord grapes with a crumb topping and pretty good! Of course my husband was like, "I’m not trying grape jelly pie.” His loss!
When I was just a little kid we lived on a farm that was once an orchard and we had several apple trees, peach trees and a cherry tree. Mom would hand us that classic old fashioned wire fold up basket to go pick our own fruits and she would make us individual pies. It may seem decadent today but life on the farm was simple and fruit trees grew fruit in abundance. Pie was just one answer to all that fruit so was canning and making homemade jelly and jams. My sisters and I loved our fruit trees but Mom making us our own individual pie was always a special treat.
As an adult I often celebrated George Washington’s birthday by baking my own cherry pies, harvest season meant many pumpkin and apple pies and in the summer I love making peach pies and blueberry pie. To me there are two important components to a truly great pie. You need a nice flaky crust and a wonderful filling. I love fresh fruit pies the most.
The Amish are known for their homemade pies and for their Shoofly pie. Traditionally Shoofly pie comes in either wet or dry bottom. Since I am the only family member that enjoys them I do buy a single slice when I visit Lancaster, PA and my choice is the wet bottom version.
As a teenager I worked in a restaurant/diner where when you walked through the front door you were greeted by a revolving glass pie case. They had onsite baking and made wonderful pies. One of the most popular was a fresh strawberry pie. My husband is known for saying, “In business, do one thing and do it really well.” We had this experience at Monica’s pies in Naples, New York just a few days ago. That is all they do, they make really great pies, all the fruit pie varieties and chicken pot pie. Monica’s pies are well known and she was once featured on the food network. However, they no longer ship their pies. You can stop in and buy her homemade pie or enjoy a slice at the many area eateries who serve them. I do recommend the concord grape pie if for no other reason than eat local when you visit!
Now that we are entering the summer season with so many wonderful fruits and the fall with apples I do go into my own pie making mode. I could see myself like Monica with a little pie shop and a sign on the door that reads, “ring bell for service” Monica appears in full apron as she is making pie until it is time to sell her assorted pies. How could anyone be unhappy making fresh pies?
I left her shop inspired to try to make my first ever concord grape pie and a chicken pot pie. I also plan to make many more pies. Who doesn’t like pie? There is virtually a variety for every taste. So here is to lots more pie making, pie eating and pie enjoying.
Now for the love of pie ... go make a homemade pie or buy a pie and support a pie maker! Pie making and pie eating can only equal smiling happy faces ...