Pie – A New Year’s Resolution

by Stefani on 30-December-2007

Ever since making my grandmother’s chocolate merengue pie, and seeing the Waitress *, I’ve got this urge to make pies…

…gobs of them: sweet ones, savory ones, creamy ones… double crust pies, fancy edged pies, individual pies, maybe even a tart or two (mostly because I just like to say “tart”)

Pie Is Good

(Pictured, are two very good books on the subject, which can be found on my sidebar)

It’s strange really, seeing as how I’m not a big pie eater, and have never been all that interested in, or particularly good at making them. **

There’s a lot to be said for pie making though. It’s easy enough, inexpensive, seasonal, and the creative potential is boundless. Making pies with your kids is fun, getting all floured up, pressing and rolling out together, passing on what crust-making wisdom you’ve gained. You can know that this moment will leave a mark on their tastebuds. Decades from now, in some diner, somewhere, he will take a bite of pie, close his eyes, and think, “Mom.”

Pie is good.

So, after a year that brought some wholly unexpected heartaches, outshone (thank heavens) by inexplicable blessings, I have learned one thing: You never can tell what’s comin’. Knowing this, there’s really no use, as far as I can see it, for a girl with very little stick-to-it-ivness, and a heart that likes to leap from one lovely ambition to the next, to bother with well-meaning, though doomed from the start resolutions.

Accept, maybe… pie.

I’d like to resolve to make more pie.

I think some time spent in the kitchen, getting messy with my babes, using whatever we find in the pantry, making the most of the season’s fare, that’s ambition enough in a world and a life that never cease to knock me off my feet with surprises.


Sure, there’s other things I’d like to accomplish, places I’d like to see, things I’d like to do, but, as I mix butter into flour with my fingers, help a little boy roll it out, fill, cover and pinch the edges closed, I think this is enough to make me happy. If all I manage to knock off the list of wishes, is a few more moments like these, that’s good enough for me.

Happy 2008 to you – the Year of Pie!

* A strange movie, not at all what I expected. It’s got a few troublesome holes, plot wise, but it’s worth watching.

** The one exception being Tomato Pie – I’m pretty great at making that one!

amy December 30, 2007 at 7:29 pm

“Pushing Daisies” makes me want to bake pies. It’s the best show in the world!

Erika @ peace of my mind December 30, 2007 at 7:31 pm

I wanted to get better at pies at few years ago and by the way, I love how you describe pie in general. Anyways to improve my skills, I gave my dad and mom a pie of the month gift for one year. I did seasonal fruit pies and and special requests. It was so fun for all of us and I must say I did get better with all that practice. Happy baking!

Randi December 30, 2007 at 7:35 pm

I love making pies,but I admit that mine are not always that great-looking. Crust is not among my talents! They taste good, though!

Sarah December 30, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I thought waitress was a super cute little movie, and man did it ever make me want to make pie. Today’s pie would be “wish I were on the beach in Clearwater soaking up the sun” pie.

emily December 30, 2007 at 7:45 pm

i love reading your blog.

erin December 30, 2007 at 7:57 pm

pie is good. no doubt about that. 2008 is going to be great. i just have a feeling.

Sarah Jackson December 30, 2007 at 8:23 pm

mmm… pie. We’re making an apple pie tomorrow for ringing in the new year. Here’s to a wonderful year!

Mary-Sue December 30, 2007 at 9:13 pm

My theme for 2008 is gratitude. So I think I should tell you that I read your blog every day. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And I LOVE what you write and what you live and what you stand for in this world. Thank you for all the giggles, the inspiration, the tears, and the sharing of yourself and your family. We homeschool too and I think we’d be fast friends if we lived anywhere near each other!
And I just added “bake more pies” to my wishlist too.

Krista December 30, 2007 at 9:37 pm

Eeeeee! Great post after we just spent yesterday doing just this…
and at the same time making use of our new cookie cutters.

I haven’t made pie in ages and was a little rusty on my pastry skills, but ooohhh, were the results worth the effort. I silently resolved to make pie more often, as well. This should be fun!

Healthy, happy new year to you.

Valerie December 30, 2007 at 9:41 pm

It was an odd movie, and not what I expected either, but boy did it make me want pie (and to name all my food!) and I’m not a big pie fan.

My 10 year old daughter and I made a pecan pie for Thanksgiving – first pie for both of us – we didn’t have enough of all the ingredients – so we improvised – and it was the best darn pecan pie I ever tasted!!

I think pie is nurturing – both in the making and in the eating.

I think we’re going to make a “ring in the new year” pie!

Amber December 30, 2007 at 9:52 pm

What a great New Year’s resolution!

I went through a HUGE pie phase a little over a year ago and own a bunch of cookbooks about pie because of it. My favorite is the one you picture—lots of yummy pies in that one! I also love savory pies and have some great cookbooks on that topic, too…

I wholly agree with you—pie is the key to happiness!:-) It also involves one of my favorite baking techniques—rubbing butter into flour. I don’t know why, but I just love to do that. Enjoy your pie making! Happy New Year!

sarah December 30, 2007 at 10:50 pm

i think that resolution is the first one i’ve read that i can really get behind.

i second emily. that bit about your kid being in a diner one day, closing his eyes and saying “mom,” brought tears to my dad-gum eyes. how do you do it every entry?

kelly December 30, 2007 at 11:26 pm

oh I am such a pie person, it sounds like you’ve had a great adventure. my fav secret about fruit pies is that you can freeze them. every time we make pie, i make an extra or two and slip them in the freezer, then on the cold winter nights you can pull out a homemade fruit pie for a little taste of summer. -kb

Shula December 31, 2007 at 5:51 am

Excellent resolution.

Happy new year.

Anne December 31, 2007 at 7:01 am

This is honestly the best resolution I have heard of. I hope you share your “year of pie” trials with us as the year progresses.

Happy New Year!

Jade December 31, 2007 at 7:07 am

Year of the pie! Nice! That means I won’t meet my resolution to lose weight… Hehe

Molly December 31, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Pie and tarts! I love little tartlettes; they look lovely. Have fun with it!

Molly December 31, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Pie and tarts! I love little tartlettes; they look lovely. Have fun with it!

meg December 31, 2007 at 12:25 pm

That’s the same reaction I had to that movie: “Maybe I’ll work on pies next year!” Unfortunately, I enjoy a nice slice (or half) quite a bit. 2008 may also need to be the year I start entertaining more often. 😉

Happy New Year!

Ellie January 1, 2008 at 1:42 am

This sounds like one of the best New Year’s resolutions I’ve heard – eat more, eat better, get lots of exercise from rolling all that buttery pastry!
My Mum’s pies are still talked about in my family. She used to make the most amazing cheese pies – she used to use up all the old *solid* milk, mouldy cheese, ponky yoghurt that was lurking in the back of the fridge. She’d save it all especially for pie making – now I do! Believe me, while it sounds a bit strange really they were delicious. (But we did keep the ingredients a bit of a secret!!).
Enjoy your New Year pie making, taste making and memory making.

EvaB January 1, 2008 at 9:03 am

Reading “Farmer Boy” will have you hankerin’ for pies,too! I also often leap from one wild ambition to the next. And yes,you never really know what is coming. Pies are not exactly my thing but enjoying my clan and what comes day by day sounds spot on! Lovely writing, as always!!!

Sarah January 1, 2008 at 7:07 pm

oh i have pie! it is the best pie book ever. seriously. when summer comes i highly recommend his watermelon chiffon pie, it’s amazing. that sounds like such a fun resolution, you are sure to have a happy new year!

Tracy January 2, 2008 at 5:25 am

Pie has such good memories attached to it. One of my favorite things about my grandmother was learning to make her pie crust with her, standing at her kitchen counter, with 2 knives to cut the fat into the flour, because 2 knives is much better than a pastry blender. And that’s the way I still do it. And every time I make pie, I think of her, and that’s the way it will always be.

shari January 2, 2008 at 8:27 am

hi! i found your blog via alicia (mayfly). love your resolution to make pie in 2008. sounds wonderful. can’t wait to follow your progress here. cheers and happy new year!

Di January 5, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I love pies!! That looks like a great book. Have you ever seen books by Tamsin Day-Lewis called The Art of the Tart and Tarts with Tops On – great books for pie lovers!!

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