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Notes on the eve of pie’s biggest day

About pie heroism: “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” – Tenneva Jordan ………. “A boy doesn’t have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn’t like pie when he sees there isn’t enough to go around.” – Edgar Howe
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Pre-T-day ap-pie-tizer as we prepare to bake: “We stopped at a camp where there were some tables, and ate a whole peach pie still warm from Irish Mary’s oven … We poured cream from the jar onto the pieces Father cut for us, and thick sweet juices ran into delicious puddles.” – M.F.K. Fisher
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48 hours till T-day: Let us stand proud for pie despite the naysayers and dieticians because. … “Pie is the American synonym for prosperity…Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating people can ever be vanquished.” – New York Times, 1902
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The reported canned pumpkin shortage has failed to materialize, at least in Boulder. We’ll have at least onepumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. It’s traditional. …… “This is the first week of the season for the pumpkin pie. The cranberry pie is also in its first days, and the pie industry in general is beginning to look forward to the increased proportions of Fall and Winter trade.” – New York Times, Sept. 14, 1895
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Pie advice: The biggest problem with apple pies is making sure the filling is fully cooked without burning the crust. Try par-cooking half your apples in a saucepan with sugar, butter and spices. Once bubbly hot, pour over the rest of the slices in the pastry-lined pan and cover with crust. The best apples for pies: Jo…nathan, Northern Spy, Macintosh, Winesap, Braeburn and Roma. Never use Red Delicious in pies.
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Pie #26: You can tell pie is special by the plethora of pie-specific implements available: Pie bird; Pie gate; Pie weights; pie dough press; Pie shield; Pie dough blender; Pie carrier; Pie safe; Pie lifter; Pie cutter; Pie server; Pie crimp; Lattice pie roller; Pie dough form. ……. “I’ve cooked and cooked till I don…e got tired/ Can’t fill you up off of my fried apple pie.” – “Keep On Eatin'” by Memphis Minnie
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Pie post #26: At the farmer’s market today, I ogled the pretty wares at the My Mom’s Pies booth and enjoyed the pie eyes. People would see the pies, their eyes would widen, their eyebrows lifted, and a wistful grin grew as they spied the strawberry rhubarb, the chocclate pecan and cherry. ………“Men may come and me…n may go, but pie goes on forever.”- George Augustus Sala, “America Revisited” (1882)
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T (turkey) minus 7 days and counting: Do not fear pie. You CAN make a great pie crust. Some tips: Don’t work the pastry too much! It’s the enemy of tenderness in a crust. Excessive handling causes gluten to form – it great in pizza but horrible in pastry. After you’ve formed the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic an…d let it rest in refrigerator for an hour. It makes the dough easier to work with.
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“It was his idea to stop at the truckstop, he thought coffee would calm him down, and they sat and drank a couple cups apiece, and then the pie looked good so they had some, banana cream and lemon meringue, and more coffee.”….. ….”Wouldn’t this be a good time for a slice of rhubarb pie? “Nothing gets the taste of s…hame and humiliation out of your mouth like Bee-bop-aree-bop Rhubarb Pie.” – Garrison Keillor
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Pie in the funnies: “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – From Garfield …… “Pumpkin pie! There’s a chemical released when you eat pumpkin pie that produces the hysterical adrenaline necessary for decision-making in gift-buying. People think it’s the DEADLINE t…hat makes them start buying after Thanksgiving, but it’s not! It’s the pie enzyme.” — From Cathy
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