When I was in high school, I learned to bake pies and I made quite a few. I’m sure I used Mother’s pie crust recipe but I don’t remember it now. So after LeRoy and I were married, I wanted to show off my prowess to my new husband. That’s when I learned that all shortening is not created equal. I didn’t have access to lard and real Crisco cost too much, so I used cheap shortening. Try as I might, that pie crust would not hold together and of course the more I tried to work it, the tougher it got. That was in 1965 or very early 1966 and from that day to last week, I have never made my own pie crust. It is readily available in the frozen food section! Rarely have I even made a pie that couldn’t be put in a graham cracker crust! A few years back when we were visiting Pie-O-Neer pie shop in Pie Town, NM, I told the owner that I had made her recipe for New Mexico pie (apples, pine nuts and green chilies) but didn’t have her pie crust recipe. She promptly took me to the kitchen and had the pie baker write it down for me. This year LeRoy got me the pie cookbook she put out and the crust recipe is in that, too. Since I was tasked with bringing pies for Thanksgiving dinner with friends, I decided I’d try it out and now I no longer carry a grudge against pie crust. I started out with some misgivings, but the crust was very good. I didn’t get it rolled out quite big enough, so no fancy edges, but both the pecan and pumpkin pies tasted great.
The weather on Thanksgiving day was gorgeous. We had been invited to a friend’s house for dinner and all I had to bring was pies. We had the usual fare, turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and fresh hot rolls. And pies! The good part about going to someone else’s house for dinner is not having to clean up, either before or after the meal. The bad part is not having turkey leftovers or a turkey carcass to boil for turkey and noodles. I don’t think we lost any weight for lack of leftovers, though!
Our friends from Wichita that we thought were going to come see us before Thanksgiving ended up going home from their daughter’s house because of Covid symptoms. They’ve been battling a variety of symptoms since and they both, along with their doctor daughter, tested positive for Covid. My best friend in Wichita has also been dealing with Covid this week as well as our granddaughter Bailey’s boyfriend Brett. We’re praying for a quick recovery for all of them.
Later this week, a long time RVing friend is scheduled to arrive in her motorhome to stay awhile. Donna Lee is a part of several singles RV groups, many of them single women traveling alone or in groups. We’re eager to see her again after about a year.
Stay well, everyone!