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    Pie in the sky, oh my…

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Ahh, it’s the fall of the year and everywhere you go you hear the crunch of leaves under your feet, the colors of the leaves changing to all different shades of orange, gold, yellow, and red, and the wonderful smells of pies that are synonymous with this time of the year. You know what I’m talking about: pumpkin, pecan, and apple, oh my. Of course, there are many other types of pies too but for the sake of this blog we are going to focus on the ubiquitous apple pie.

    To me there is nothing better than a warm, gooey, slice of apple pie heated to perfection right out of the oven or the microwave and then topped with several scoops of frosty white, rich and creamy, vanilla bean ice cream. On a cool, crisp, autumn day there is nothing quite like it. My, oh my, wouldn’t I like some right now. Okay, sorry, just for a moment I sort of drifted away to my happy place.

    Anyway, the point is that for me apple pies remind me of my childhood. I can remember fondly buying a certain brand of apple pie in the grocery store as a kid and barely getting home before I had devoured it. I also remember enjoying McDonald’s apple pies as a kid too. Of course, there is nothing quite like a homemade pie. The apple pie that I love to eat every year is the one that my mother picks up from Reid’s Orchard here locally. They are really good.

    I hate to admit that I have never committed to making an apple pie myself but then to me pies seem to be kind of hard to get just right. Perhaps this year, I should really see about trying to make one myself. Oh well, I won’t hold my breath on that one unless I come across a very easy recipe that I can follow without too much trouble. Hmm, this leads me to the fact that the Daviess County Public Library has many wonderful cookbooks in the collection and several of those show the wonderful art of pie-making.

    Here are just some of the latest titles that the library owns on good, old-fashioned pies:

    • The Everything Southern Cookbook by: Diana Rattray.
    • The Apple Cookbook: 125 freshly picked recipes by: Olwen Woodier.
    • Sweets and treats with Six Sister’s stuff: 100+ desserts, gift ideas, and traditions for the whole family.
    • Baking with the Brass sisters: over 125 recipes for classic cakes, pies, cookies, breads, desserts, and savories from America’s favorite home bakers by: Marilynn Brass.
    • Pies and tarts: The definitive guide to classic and contemporary favorites from the world’s premier culinary college by: Kristina Petersen Migoya.
    • Teeny’s tour of pie: a cookbook: mastering the art of pie in 67 recipes by: Teeny Lamothe.
    • Blue ribbon baking from a redneck kitchen by: Francine Bryson.
    • Pie school: lessons in fruit, flour and butter by: Kate Lebo.
    • Ms. American Pie: buttery good pie recipes and bold tales from the American Gothic house by: Beth M. Howard.
    • Pies and puds by: Paul Hollywood.
    • Pies: sweet and savory by: Caroline Bretherton.


    Okay, so by now you get the jist that we have quite a few books on pies. If you are like me just thinking about it makes me want to go have a big slice right now. Of course, I am at work and alas there is no pie available at the library. Darn it all. Oh well, we can’t have everything in life.

    However, if you are the industrious sort and enjoy baking, you can certainly visit the library and check out the books mentioned above on pie-making. Also, if there isn’t a recipe that strikes you out of the myriad choices of cookbooks that we own, then by all means, use your library card to search the Internet for that perfect pie recipe. All you need is a DCPL library card in good standing, money to pay for your printed recipes at .10 cents per page and an open attitude on all the wonderful pie recipes that you will most certainly find.

    So long for now and happy pie hunting!!

    P.S. If you find a recipe that beats all others hands down, let me know…

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