Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Pie That Community Baked


From the bean of Green Bean.

If you think that a year of making connections, of writing and exploring yield nothing, I invite you to take a bite of my pie.

My second place pie for my son's school's pie contest. First place in the pumpkin pie category. Helllllllo! Can I get a little applause, here?

It was made with the finest ingredients. Local cream from an organic dairy with a methane digester. Fair trade organic sugar bought in bulk to avoid the plastic packaging. Pastured eggs delivered to a friend through her CSA that she kindly drops off at my home every week. And two sugar pie pumpkins that were a gift from Sapphira, my best farmers' market friend.

I followed the recipe of a generous friend. One whom I've never met. One who lives on the other side of the continent and leads a much different life than I, dwelling on an century old farm as opposed to the clogged outskirts of San Francisco. One who dedicates her life to teaching high schoolers to appreciate nature and step lightly on our planet. One who read a post I wrote about being drowned in squash and reached out, via email, with a treasured pie recipe.

I baked it in a glass pie plate that I purchased at a neighbor's garage sale for a quarter.

En route to school, my youngest, who helped bake the pie, sobbed "I hope we win the contest." My oldest only hoped for a piece of the pie.

I placed my pie on the auditorium stage, sandwiched by two dozen other homemade pies. At a Chili Cookoff. A "barn raising" designed to raise money for my son's cash strapped school.

That night over two hundred and fifty people gathered to donate money, make connections, and enjoy a bowl of chili or a slice of my pie. A pie that community baked.

16 comments:

Robj98168 said...

Congratulations on your pie!
I came in second at a pie baking contest once- for my sour creme raisin pie with a double baked meringue- a not-well-known midwestern treat! The judges picked an apple cranberry pie for first as they said- Well they had to- it was made by Mikey's Mom!

Electronic Goose said...

Nice! It's 7:16 in the morning and you've succeeded in making hungry for pumpkin pie. (I'm now eyeing my own sugar pie pumpkins from the farmers' market ...)

Holistic Mama said...

I've enver baked a pumpkin pie before. I've eyeed up the squashes from the village neighbours, so I hope to be doing some pie baking next Autumn.
Congrats on the win.

ib mommy said...

That is a darn good pie! As a matter of fact I think I hear a butternut squash calling to me.....

Green Bean said...

Rob: And where might your recipe be? Ahem??

Electronic Goose: I actually think pumpkin pie for breakfast is totally legit! Get cooking girl.

Holistic Mum: Thank you! It is so worth it, imho, to bake a pumpkin pie (or any winter squash pie) from fresh pumpkin. Good luck next fall.

Dylan's Mommy: You know, even though Abbie suggested the pie with butternut squash, I've not tried that yet. Homegrown banana squash, yes. Sugarpies, yes. I'll have to pick up a butternut at the next farmers' market.

JessTrev said...

YUM! I so love pumpkin pie - and this year I have a couple pie pumpkins waiting for me...from the farmer's market. Tx for the lowdown. I would settle for edible but award winning is a bonus! That's pretty cool that you can get bulk fair trade sugar.

Abbie said...

Congrats! I have a feeling that my prize-winning pie recipe is going to be popping up in competitions all over the place! I have to confess that I've never made it with pumpkin, only butternut squash. After halloween, I'm going to take my decorations and turned them into pies.

Just to let you know, I've been approached about contributing this recipe to a cookbook about local food. I'm SO flattered!!!

I love my blog friends :)

ruchi aka arduous said...

Hey, that's super cool. Can you send some pie my way? ;)

Donna said...

Hey, congratulations! Too bad you can't email all of us a piece...

Donna said...

Oh, wait! Will you be making more around Thanksgiving?

Green Bean said...

JessTrev: My Whole Foods stocks organic, fair trade sugar in the bulk section. I LOVE it.

Abbie: Obviously, if I'd made it with the butternut squash I would have won. ;-) The recipe is so easy, Abs, that I made it again yesterday. If you love your blog friends, think how much we love you! (and your recipes). :)

Ruchi: Would love to ... but it's all gone. Even the second pie.

Donna: Why yes! What a nice idea. I will make some for apres Thanksgiving. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Fake Plastic Fish said...

Congratulations! Winning is great. Eating is better.

Abbie said...

I just took another one out of the oven for the taste-test by the cookbook author tomorrow!

Wish me luck!!!

Green Bean said...

Beth: Too true. We didn't even get a slice of the award winning pie as the pie plate was wiped clean. It called for me to bake another the following day. And eat TWO slices!

Abbie: I'd wish you luck but you don't need luck when you've got a recipe that good. Let me know how it goes.

Abbie said...

The author of the book emailed me: She LOVED the pie and wants to include it! How exciting!!!

Green Bean said...

That is such news, Abbie. Congratulations. :) It is really the best squash pie I've ever tasted.

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