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Day 277: Scattered thoughts

8 Jan

Several times this week I found myself thinking about a lady named Esther from church, and that seemed enough of a reason to select her as today’s pie recipient. As I wasn’t sure what type of pie was her favorite, I decided to make a simple Apple Pie and used a heart shaped cookie cutter to decorate the top crust. That little touch made such a difference to me… and Esther seemed to appreciate the added touch as well.


In yesterday’s post I mentioned that I had found a recipe for Chess Pie and I asked if anyone had ever made it… and what they thought of it. This afternoon I received several emails about this pie, and a man named David sent me a recipe for Chocolate Chess Pie. I’ll share the recipe when I make it… because I will definitely be making this pie this week.


Tonight we are happy that our daughter has arrived home safely from her vacation to Copenhagen. She is exhausted from a trip that took about 24 hours, but she had a wonderful time and is looking forward to starting her next to last term at Southern Oregon University tomorrow.


Tonight as I make my way to bed I thought I would leave you with a short clip of my favorite comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, dancing and synched to the music of Santana.  Click on the link below and enjoy.  Sweet dreams.

Laurel and Hardy

Day 276: Rock Star Pie

7 Jan

This morning I started looking for recipes of pies that I have never made before. One caught my eye – it’s called Chess Pie. I thought that a pie with this name might be black and white (like a chess board) but one source said that it was a pie that was made when “pie ingredients” (read fruit) were in short supply. An enterprising person created this recipe and supposedly said it was “just pie” which eventually became known as Chess Pie.

It’s a traditional southern pie and is basically a sweet custard with the addition of cornmeal. It sounds interesting… and probably is good but I am not ready to make it for someone without tasting it first myself. If someone out there has made it, I would love it if you would share your story.

Instead of a new pie, I opted for one that I have made a few times before… Chocolate Pecan Pie. To me it is among the best of pies for it has nuts, chocolate, and it is delightfully rich. Best of all, it is fairly quick to put together which is a plus when your schedule gets a bit hectic.

My intended pie recipient is a friend who lives nearby but because he travels quite a bit I don’t see him very often. My goal was to surprise him and therefore I did not call ahead to make sure that he was home. When I got to his house and knocked (and knocked again) I should not have been surprised when he did not answer. I walked a short distance to his neighbor’s house and he assured me that my friend was home so I went back to his house.

Again I knocked and called out and then finally gave up. As it was getting dark I walked back to the neighbor’s house and told him that since I could not reach my friend I wanted to gift the pie to him. He thanked me and told me that he was meeting up with his band tonight and he would share it with them. I hope that it both nourishes and inspires them.

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley