Pie Eyed: adj slang Intoxicated; drunk
I’ve had pie on my mind since Thanksgiving 2010. Well, I have pie on my mind every Thanksgiving, but this time I couldn’t shake it. Maybe it was because we hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the first time. Or because I had finally graduated from babies and toddlers to preschoolers and had room in my brain to think about pie. Regardless, November of 2010 brought a pie revolution to our home.
I made a homemade crust for the first time. I piloted three different pumpkin pie recipes and two pecan pie recipes – the pie to person ratio was embarrassing. The pie was good but I knew I could do better.
Spring came around and the mere sight of rhubarb and strawberries sent me on a pie binge – I made 8 over the course of two months. The guy at the farmer’s market came to know the crazy look in my eye as I showed up every week hunting down the rhubarb haul.
But making big, round pies started to wear on me. Sometimes you just want a little bit of pie – not 8 slices that need to be eaten quickly before it goes bad. And if you’re on a pie bend like me, then you definitely don’t want whole pies hanging around the house every week. So I began obsessing about ways to keep the integrity of pie, but not make “pie” if you know what I mean. Of course, this does not excuse beautiful whole pies from my baking endeavors – I’m just spicing it up a little to find all the wonderful ways to eat pie.
We’re a little drunk on pie over here. If you find yourself wanting to raise a glass to pie, then join me as I find my way through failed crust attempts, filling mishaps and hopefully amazing accomplishments. We can learn together and hope that everyone at our tables will be a little Pie Eyed next Thanksgiving!