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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth!

Today is the celebration of the birth of a great nation.
The country where my grandparents were born and raised.
And where most of my family still lives.
I both love and salute you, my neighbours!
In the best way I know how.
With pie.

My Mom. Doing what she did best!

Pie.That king of treats.The amazing union of lightly browned and flaky crust and yummy filling.And topped with a delicious scoop of iced or whipped cream . . .It's like heaven.In your mouth.Spilled on the floor and reduced to its sticky, disparate parts, it's not as good.But we won't go there.And I just finished cleaning.So . . . pie.Today is pie-making day.Whenever our family celebrates, we do it with pie.It's a long-standing tradition . . . that spans one generation.Okay, we started it, but it's still a good tradition!So, because today is the anniversary of the birth of a great nation, and every party requires pie, I will spend today making it.Pie, I mean.I love doing this.My Mom made fantastic pie. Sweet. Flaky. (This is the only place where 'flaky' is a good thing.)And utterly delicious.And so, when I make it, using her recipes, it's like spending time with her.I even have the above picture, which I prop up and talk to.Okay, it's weird, but she's been gone for over a decade and I miss her.And now, in honour of this great occasion, I am including eight of my favourite 'pie' quotes:

1. "Keep your knives, we're having pie!"  ~ My Dad. Just before Mom whacked him.
2. "Keep your fork, Duke, there's pie."  ~ The proprietress of a diner to the Duke of Edinborough.
3. "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." ~ E.W. Howe
4. "But I, when I undress me
Each night, upon my knees
Will ask the Lord to bless me
With apple-pie and cheese."
                  ~ Eugene Field
5. "Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes."  ~ Arcadia   Robert Green, 1590
6. "In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."  ~ Isaac Asimov
7. If all the world were Apple pie, 
And all the seas were ink, 
And all the trees were bread and cheese, 
What would we have to drink?  
                   ~ Unknown
7. "Pie? Is that those round things?" ~ My FIL. Just before my MIL whacked him.
8. "It is utterly insufficient (to eat pie only twice a week), as anyone who knows the secret of our strength as a nation and the foundation of our industrial supremacy must admit. Pie is the American synonym of prosperity, and its varying contents, the calendar of the changing seasons. Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating people can ever be permanently vanquished."  ~ EDITORIAL New York Times, 1902
Which is your favourite?

I have to go. My Mom is waiting.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

10 comments:

  1. Of course no pie eating people can ever be permanently vanquished--American or Canadian! Here's to pie, and your wonderful tribute.

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    1. Why, thank you, Joanne! And we are pie-eating people!

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  2. #3 and bless the boy who wants to be a 'pie hero'.

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  3. I love traditions! A pie is a good one. Have a slice for me!

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  4. My son loved pie but never felt satisfied with the meagre "one slice" deal at our house. So when he started his working life he decided to buy and eat a whole pie for lunch one day. He did get most of the way through it, to his credit. He did not feel all that well the rest of the day, though :)

    I'm with Delores - I love #3 - and it's because it gives me a little lump in my throat :) Your tradition is wonderful and it's lovely that you talk to your mother's picture while you bake ... that gives me a little lump in my throat too ...

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    1. The record at one of our pie nights is eight pieces. (We cut our pies into six, so that a pie and a third.) Ugh!
      Thank you, Jenny! I love spending time with my mom!

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  5. I love it and cracked up at your FIL asking if pie is those round things! Happy Fourth of July weekend - what a cool tradition. And my favorite? Hm. Sour cherry maybe. Or key lime. No! Pecan pie! That's my favorite. Er. Turtle (the chocolate with caramel one). Actually, my ex MIL used to make this amazing cranberry pie with some type of drizzle dressing on the top - it was amazing. I should ask her for the recipe.

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    1. Oh, man. After reading this comment, I'm heading back to the kitchen for more pie!!!

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