Food evokes all the senses: the scent of pastry baking, the sound of a fork clinking on a plate… This week, make our mouths water with stories about pie.

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In the the warm climate of coastal Georgia, in the southeastern United States where I grew up, most of the pies I ate as a child were chilled – key lime, lemon meringue, chocolate pudding. At Thanksgiving we didn’t eat the traditional pumpkin pie, we ate the harvest of our region: pecan.

Not feeling inspired by edible pie? Think outside the shell:

  • Explore the wonders of Ο€.
  • Write a piece that mimics pie: crusty on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside.
  • Don’t write about pie at all, but create a pie chart to illustrate your piece. Imgflip and Meta-chart offer free pie chart generators to get you started.

When I married, my husband’s family introduced me to the pies of his Ohio roots, and I thrilled to discover cherry pie, strawberry rhubarb, and even grape pie: the harvests of their region.

Pie, like many foods, can capture the essence of a place, and the people who populate it. Fillings, crust types, and preferences for savory or sweet vary from culture to culture, and over the years, I’ve become fascinated with pie. Families gather round it at the table, cooks gather round it in the kitchen, pioneers reinvigorated winter stores with it, ancient Greeks liked it meaty, Romans preferred it sweet.

The Challenge

This week I invite you to write about pie. Write about the first time you rolled out a crust, or the number of pies on your table at family gatherings. Give us a recipe or explore the senses. Food writing evokes all of them: the velvet feel of filling on your tongue, the sight of berry juice bubbling through crispy brown slits, the sweet salty taste of sugared fruit and buttery crust.

Mmmm, pie…

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the possibilities, here are some prompts to get you started:
Pie chart: The Best Thing About Pie by Andrea Badgley

  • Pie varies depending on where you are in the world: some eat it sweet and cold, some savory and warm. Some call it crostata, some don’t eat pie at all. Write a piece in which pie in any form – tart, quiche, pizza, pirog – captures the essence of a place.
  • Write a post about pie with the intention of evoking all five senses. Pay particular attention to taste and smell, two senses that are often underrepresented in writing.
  • Does pie have meaning for you, your family, or your culture? Is it eaten only on special occasions? Do you prefer savory or sweet, or do you not like pie at all? Write about your relationship with pie and how it has evolved in your lifetime.
  • Pies are used in comedy gags, make their way into movie and song titles, are familiar to us from nursery rhymes, and even have a chart named after them. What is it about pie that makes it so loveable? Write an opinion piece about pie in popular culture.

We can’t wait to see where you take us with this!

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  1. Ode To Pie

    There are those
    who in time past spake.
    And sang praises of
    the joys of cake.
    But I’m perplexed
    and wonder why,
    is there there not
    more respect for pie?
    Always moist
    tart or sweet,
    it never fails
    to be a treat.
    Cake is served on great occasions,
    but I propose a new equation.
    Memories remain in one’s mind eye,
    if instead of cake,
    you’re served pie.
    Fruit or berry,
    or of vegetable,
    it satisfies,
    and makes one full.
    I ask at the next celebration,
    make it a memorable occasion.
    The old rules need not apply.
    Serve one and all,
    by serving pie.


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      1. hey hi..
        I am new to blogging πŸ™‚
        you have a wonderful space..
        when you have your time, I would appreciate you stopping by my blog..!!! and your feed back too..!! πŸ™‚
        Thanks in advance πŸ™‚


    1. hey hi..
      I am new to blogging πŸ™‚
      you have a wonderful space..
      when you have your time, I would appreciate you stopping by my blog..!!! and your feed back too..!! πŸ™‚
      Thanks in advance πŸ™‚


  2. Oddly enough, I’ve been invited to judge a 4-H pie contest on Saturday. Thankfully there will be no pie in the face … just a lot of pie tasting and awarding the blue-ribbon winner. Surely this will provide much inspiration for the topic at hand. πŸ˜€

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  3. My husband grew to love baking pumpkin pies, which I’ve written about: http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/my-husbands-pumpkin-pie-saga/
    and http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/montes-pie-baking-escapades/
    Even our cat got into the pie baking experience: http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2008/11/26/the-snitty-cat-likes-pumpkin-pie/ It’s all about pumpkin pie—which I’m happy I don’t like or I’d become as big as a blimp.


  4. Never had those pies with fruits in them, like Apple Pie or Peach Pie or (some)berry Pie… Only ever had Chicken Pie or Shepherd’s Pie.

    Considering the ingredients that go into a pie, we do have a spicy variant that’s more of a Curry Puff. Does that count?

    Still, managed top put up a post on pie (or lack thereof) today. πŸ˜‰


  5. A few thoughts on Pie

    Can I have my pie and write about it too?
    Who is the Betty Crocker of Pies?
    I don’t say “easy as pie” but I do say “piece of cake.” Bakery discrimination?
    Who eats “Pie in the sky?” The man in the moon!
    Ok, ok….the last one was really bad, I know. Gonna eat Humble Pie now. πŸ˜‰

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  6. I’m getting my slice of the pie ready to post tomorrow morning, and I’m wondering if I’m thoroughly understanding the pingback process. I appreciate anyone who can advise!

    Here’s what i’ve done–embedded the link to this prompt in my intro, then checked my settings as per the pingback article to be sure they are as recommended. Is that all I have to do to ping my post back to the pie prompt? (It seems too easy!)


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