January (and February for me) is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses. Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.
My editorial board aka my friend Sam has been asking me to bake her an apple pie and write a Burnin’ Up The Kitchen post on it for sometime now. I kept telling her I have never baked a traditional apple pie before – only Swedish Apple Pie. Every time she asked, I told her I had an apple pie story but I didn’t have a recipe (although I’m sure there has to be one in my mom’s recipes – I know I have her pie crust recipe and she made apple pie).
My Dad made a mean apple pie too – must have been from working on a farm since he was a boy and watching my Mom all those years. Anyway, my apple pie story is that one year around Thanksgiving time my Dad and I decided to do a pie exchange. His apple pie for my sweet potato pie (which I had never baked before). I had baked coconut custard pie (delicious – thank you, Martha) but never sweet potato pie. Suffering from Oprah induced delusion, armed with a recipe from Oprah, I set out to bake sweet potato pie. There’s only one word for my results – disgusting. Epic failure comes to mind too. My poor Dad got the short end of the stick on that deal. His apple pie, as always, was delicious.