As you know, I don't do these every week, but this topic is one I can really get in to. Yesterday was March 14, also known as Pi day. So this week's topic is
10 Favorite Types of Pie.
Note: Be aware that many of these choices come from a bygone era, before I was allergic to eggs. Time and distance still have not diminished my fondness for them, though.
10. Sweet Potato -- a staple in the South, but also one I'd never tasted until I was grown.
9. Hershey's-- one of the few commercially prepared pies I can still eat. Available from Wal-mart and Burger King.
8. Lemon Meringue/Lemon Icebox-- they say they're different, but they taste the same to me.
7. Peach--Back when I was in the Navy, I had a friend who was a Mess Management Specialist, or to put it into civilian lingo, a cook. Mike was seriously trying to --um-- woo me, and he used to bake extra peach pies for me. They were the best peach pies I ever ate. Mike, unfortunately, turned out to be a loser.
6. Cream Cheese-- One 8 oz block of cream cheese, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, a tablespoon or two of lemon juice and put it in a graham cracker crust. Top with fruit if desired.
5. Pumpkin-- that Thanksgiving classic, still one of my favorites.
4. Squash-- my auntie used to make these, but they require white squash. It's so hard to find white squash these days.
3. Pecan-- another Southern staple. It's pronounce puh-CAHN, not PEE-can.
2. Buttermilk--this has got to be the most delicious thing ever invented. My aunt Martha and I used to fight over the last piece, back when I could still make them.
1. Cherry--but not just any cherry pie. My great Grandma Carrie Dean made the best cherry pie, and from scratch. None of that canned filling for her, no sirree. She died when I was very small, but I can still remember being in her kitchen, watching her hold up the pie pan and trim the crusts. I always begged her for the scraps, and she would tell me to wait until she was done, then she'd give them to me. To this day, I have a fondness for raw pie crust dough. Once when I was a kid, my mother bought some pre-made pie crust dough that came in little blocks that looked like sticks of butter. I stole one of them and hid it under my pillow so I could eat it.
There you have it. My 10 favorite pies, a childhood memory, and a secret.
As always, I'm open to even more suggestions.