One of my favorite things about being a writer is learning about the subject I happen to be covering. Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies was such a fun project. It wasn’t just learning about how to make pie, it also was learning about the culture of pie. One of the organizations I’ve come to know is the American Pie Council (http://www.piecouncil.org/). Who would have thought there was a council just for pie? Well, according to the American Pie Council, January 23 is National Pie Day.
So, in honor of National Pie Day, I’m giving away a signed copy of my little pie book, along with two pie toppers. If you’ve never heard of a pie topper, count yourself in good company. Neither did I. Yesterday, I visited the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft, Va., owned by Mennonites, who are some of the best pie bakers in my world, and I spotted the “pie toppers.”
They are made for pies with a top crust and act as a pie-crust shape-cutter, like a big cookie cutter. I’ve not used them, but it seems like it’s a handy way of making pretty crust with lovely shapes cut into it. I love the idea of this Christmas tree shaped cutter. Imagine a berry pie on the Holiday table with the deep red color poking out of the crust in tree shapes. And check out the topper with the squares—lattice without the painstaking work? Maybe. I hope that the winner will report back on how well they work.
Here’s how to win: simply leave a comment on my blog. It can be about pie, my book, Mrs.Rowe’s, or just a how-do. But it has to be on my blog. The winner will be randomly generated. Good luck and please let all your friends know about it. If one of your friends wins, maybe they will share their pie with you. The winner will be announced on Monday.