Monday, April 4, 2011

Gratitude Month -- Good-bye Pie Month

Pie Month, or March as normal people call it, is over and I am grateful to call it a success.
We had pie in the house available for the evening meal every day for the entire month.
It got my creativity stirring as I looked for new ways to make old favourites.
It lead to assorted streusel toppings including one with pecans and an apple pie with a baked in rum sauce.
I made pot pies and pizzas as well. I tried to replicate Turtles (TM) in pie form, and I even followed a recipe once.
Well, mostly.
It was this one and without a formal declaration of Pie Month and encouragement from the Bag Lady I may not have ever tried:

Vinegar Pie
A commitment to pies led to this:

Bottomless Whiskey Pie
and it gave me valid cause to come up with this:

Cane Toad Pie

It was fun.
I got to invent stuff.
And I got to eat all my experiments.
I'd call the month a success.
All that aside, I'm grateful it's over.


carla said...





Laurita said...

I have to admit, vinegar pie sounds interesting. What a great idea though, experimenting with new kinds of pie. Now that's a challenge worth doing. Glad to hear it was a success.

Leah J. Utas said...

Carla, if you were close I'd engage your taste buds in my experiments.

Laurita, Vinegar Pie is really tasty and easy to make. The experiments really spoke to my creative nature. You don't know until you try.

Dawn said...

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie..." is running through my head.
That's quite amazing Leah!
I wonder- did you write down your recipes each time? You could have made a recipe book!!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Dawn. I made them up on the spot, or used an existing recipe as a jumping-off point.
If I had to I could back draft recipes for them.

Bossy Betty said...

Do we really have to leave pie month? Oh, OK.

solarity said...

I have spent the month never quite finding time to make a pie out of some of last summer's blackberries in the freezer. Maybe your pictures will light a fire under me.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

messymimi said...

Vinegar pie is one i've heard of, but never tried. Glad to hear it turned out well, someday i'll give it a go.

Leah J. Utas said...

Bossy Betty, my husband said much the same thing. He was ready to turn the calendar back to try to convince me Pie Month was just starting.

Mary Anne, I've never tried blackberry pie. Hope you find the time.

Messymimi, it's easy and surprisingly good.

Reb said...

Oh they all look so good! Sadly all good things must come to an end.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb. Probably just as well that it's over. Can't take the chance of getting sick of pies.

David Cranmer said...

I'm glad it was a success and you have certainly made me hungry this past month.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, David.

Hilary said...

Oh yum.. you make me drool! What a great way to experiment.

Redbush said...

Pies of any kind are my favourite! Love your toad pie! I'm with you about getting rid of March. It went out like pretty much a lion, and we're still waiting for the warm weather. Bring it on!

Thomma Lyn said...

Pie month! Oh, what fun. They all look delectable, and what a fun way to express and experiment with cooking creativity! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, it was fun and most turned out quite toothsome.

Thanks, Redbush. The Cane Toad Pie is pretty easy to make, as are most things I make. I sure do wish we could get some life-affirming warm spring days.

Thomma Lyn, it was great fun. The tastiest things begin with "I wonder..."

Barbara Martin said...

I've not made any pies for some time, so will have to consider it soon. I'm more of a tart person, but those photos started my desire to look in at as I'm more of a recipe follower.

Terry said...

Where did my comment go?? Sheesh, I could have sworn I left one.

Glad pie month was such a success! And I'm really glad you tried the vinegar pie.... I might brave one myself, now.

(crap, just realized I'm signed in under the wrong account.... but I'm sure you know who I am!) :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Barbara, glad to learn I've had an impact.

Terry, try it. You'll be a changed woman.