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Tuesday, February 26, 2008


pie :: an obsession begins

okay, maybe obsession is a strong word, but i'm definitely taken with the idea of becoming a good pie maker. it seems like there is a clear division: those good at pie crusts and those not. i'm in the not camp. but, i desperately want to be in the good camp. there's been a weird series of events in my life surrounding the pie. nothing too freaky friday, but i'm someone who "listens" to the prompts that life is bringing to me. here is how it all started. . .

it was a couple of months ago that i saw a movie called Waitress and a friend recommended a new TV show called Pushing Daisies. it was in the same 2 days that i watched the movie and 2 episodes of the show. the coincidence? the main character in both of these is a pie maker.

in Waitress the main character, jenna is, (you guessed it) a waitress. she has a good-for-nothing husband and works in a dive. the only thing she has in her life that is truly good and is really hers is that she makes amazing pies.

in Pushing Daisies the main character, ned can bring the dead back to life. this counts for fruit, too, so he can turn moldy strawberries into perfectly red and ripe ones. he's a great pie maker.

after seeing both these i was all, "is the Universe trying to say i should make pies!?" of course i said this lightly. . . but i do love to bake. and being a stay-at-home mom i wonder sometimes what i'll do when i go "back to work" (HA! as if this isn't the hardest job by FAR i've ever had) given that i've never really been a career gal. maybe i'd try to work on the food industry. maybe in a bakery. maybe i should start my own pie hole!

then, i got my first daring bakers challenge. lemon meringue pie. and if any of you saw my post, you remember how that turned out. it wasn't all bad, but the crust was lousy. really lousy. i mused in that post that maybe i just needed to learn from someone who really knows what they are doing in the pastry-making realms. so. . . i've decied to take a cooking class!

it's called Pastries Galore and i couldn't be more excited about it. it's going to be three wednesday nights in March. here's the write-up:

Learn how to make three essential kinds of pastry dough:
classic pie crust, puff pastry and pate a choux. From these
three simple preparations, you will be able to turn out doz-
ens of desserts, hors d'oeuvres and more.

not only is this awesome because of what i'll be doing, but this full-time momma needs her some adult interaction, you know what i mean? so, if can stay awake for it, it should be great! i've actually had 2 dreams about the class.

yeah, i don't get out much.

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Blogger Cara said...

Sounds like a fun class! Where are you taking it? I've been looking for a class like this too because I also need some adult interaction, and I'd like to get some new baking skills. I've got a 6 month old baby with reflux who never sleeps! Good luck with the pies!

February 27, 2008 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I loved the movie Waitress!! And yes, I REALLY wanted to make pie after watching it!!! I also totally agree with you that being a SAHM is the toughest darn job. I had some pretty heavy jobs in my previous life, but this one is the hardest, by far!! I'd LOVE to take a class like that. Where on earth are you going? Is it at a college?? I'm in such a small town I doubt we have anything similar anywhere around.

February 28, 2008 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger kate said...

cara and tiffany: i am taking the class at a local community college. i'm lucky in that i live in a pretty rural area, but we have lots of culture, arts, and a college that does seminars and night classes. i'm psyched!

February 28, 2008 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger sari said...

I loved Waitress as well.

My favorite line: "Dear D*mn Baby..."

Cracked me up. And, made me want to eat a lot of pie. Good pie.

March 1, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

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