Howdy! Welcome to the first ever virtual Cook’s Country Fair. With a cornucopia of agriculture-themed posts and down-home cooking competitions, for 12 weeks we’ll pay homage to our rural roots and those who taught us to enjoy good, simple food. We’ve got our summer jam-packed with fun stories, blue-ribbon winning recipes, and exciting giveaways. Each week we’ll be asking you, our fans, to share your personal stories in our comments, and we’ll pick a new story each week to be our winner. We hope you’ll join us for the festivities every Thursday afternoon from June to September!
We’ve all heard the saying: “As American as apple pie.” But with so much great produce grown across our country—peaches, berries, plums, citrus—it seems to me that more than just one pie deserves our attention. Pies (and their culinary cousins, cobblers and crumbles) come in all shapes and sorts, much like the variety of people who make up this nation.
In my family, pie is how we identify ourselves. For example, my college roommate will always remind me of warm and spicy apple pies, always made from scratch and often the single entree of many weeknight dinners (much better than the typical collegiate go-to: ramen noodles). My grandmother will always remind me of impossibly tall and fluffy meringue-topped pies—the filling below almost an afterthought, but lemon always seemed to be a good option. Then there is my Dad, who I like to call the pie patriot, who favors local fruits and fillings and makes sure to have at least one of the baked treats at every occasion, big or small. He often receives requests for his prized pies from his 4-H kids, neighbors, and, of course, from me. Some of these pies could launch a hundred family feuds—a typical fight being over who got the last slice and who got to lick the pie pan. Essentially, pie is not only a fundamental part of my family foodways, but of our entire American culture.
(Photo Credit: Ann Dabney)
At the county fair, pie leads the way, lending its sweet contents to pie-eating contests, baking competitions, and midway treats. And each new year brings new kinds of pies—variations on traditions, new-fangled recipes, and, of course, the old standbys. In the spirit of this time-honored culinary display, and because it’s the Fourth of July, we think it’s our patriotic duty to bake, share, and eat pie.
HOW THE COOK’S COUNTRY FAIR WORKS
Every Thursday this summer, we’ll post a new story on the Feed. This week we’ve collected some of our favorite pie recipes, that, uncoincidentally, show off our patriotic side, too. Who knew that red, white, and blue could be so delicious?
MAKE IT NOW
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HOW TO WIN THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY
We’re giving away a 1-year online membership to cookscountry.com! Want to win? Leave a comment below telling us about your favorite family pie recipe and who taught you to make it, and we’ll pick a membership winner. Entries due Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 11:59pm EST to enter. Giveaway for continental US residents only.
LAST WEEK’S WINNER
Congratulations to Jared, who charmed us with story about fried coke during his collegiate days and won a cookbook! Thank you to all who shared their blue-ribbon stories; read them all here.