Pies of Your Life | #NaBloPoMo

You may remember, several days ago, when I first started NaBloPoMo, that I had mislaid a stack of notecards. My foggy mom brain, full of newborn naps and rattly toys, could not imagine where these cards had disappeared to. But lo! They are found! Underneath a ream of printer paper, where I swear I looked at least three times. Sigh.

It is clear, however, that newborn worries aren’t the only thing on my mind. Pie takes up a good chunk of my thinking, and so it seems that I will need to make pie. Soon.

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie
Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie

Last night, Amanda and I caught a marathon of one of my newest harbingers of the Christmas season:  Holiday Baking Championship. Only slightly less wonderful than Kids Baking Championship, HBC (as I shall abbreviate it) delights me in so many ways. I really find myself snarking at two of the three judges, which is fun. I find Bobby Dean to be a fantastic host (that accent takes me home). And holiday baked goodies – the best baked goods of the whole year!

They did a challenge on one of the episodes last night:  bake three pies, and they must represent your family, your culture, and your holiday traditions. As the bakers bustled around the kitchen and started on pumpkin, bourbon pecan, apple, you name it, Amanda offered up her likely pie choices – and then asked me for mine. It was a harder question than I initially thought, and I had to leave out several cherished pies, but I finally narrowed it down to three.

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And since the whole thing struck me as a fun blog post, here are my answers:

  • Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Crumb Crust:  A holiday staple in my family is peanut butter balls (some folks call them buckeyes). I use my mom’s recipe, which she got from my Granny, and it’s not Christmas without them. And to me, a peanut butter pie would be the pie equivalent of the candy.
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie:  I grew up in Georgia, and I have memories of going to family reunions for my step-father’s family, which were held at a house with a giant pecan tree in the front yard. The kids all eventually gathered in the front yard, where we had grand pecan fights with the fallen nuts littering the ground. And obviously, almost all my favorite pies have chocolate.
  • Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie:  She’s not my Grandma, but Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie is one of the most popular apple pie recipes on Allrecipes.com. But furthermore, it’s the pie that first told me I was falling in love with my wife. Over dinner one night, early in our dating days, the discussion had turned to cooking (as it so often does in our house). We each boasted that we had a fantastic apple pie recipe, and before I could utter the words, she said it:  Grandma Ople. I was dumbfounded – how had she stumbled onto my favorite apple pie recipe? (I mean, she and thousands of other people on the Internet, but still.) It was like she guessed the words in my head, and it was one of those moments that glimmered at me and showed me we had something good going here. That’s a pie for falling in love, and it belongs in the three pies of my life, for sure.

So what about you? Your family, your culture, your holiday traditions – what are the pies of your life?

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