CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 22, 2010

My Husband’s Pumpkin Pie Saga


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MY HUSBAND’S PUMPKIN PIE SAGA

     I might as well tell it like it is, like my husband Monte tells people: I don’t tend to prepare foods I dislike—like lima beans and pumpkin pie.

     Monte really likes pumpkin pie. I do not. So in defense, in 1985 he began making pumpkin pie.

     We were living in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in the Emmanuel United Methodist Church parsonage where Monte had his first appointment with the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Being a pastor was his second career—he’d spent nineteen years as a physics professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Slippery Rock University in western Pennsylvania.

     As he dabbled increasingly successfully at making pumpkin pies, he had a brainstorm: why not make a pumpkin pie for each family in his small congregation? This was the start of something grand, as the pies were received by some and awaited for by others. Eventually, he completed the task. He moved on to make a pumpkin pie for each United Methodist Church pastor in New Castle, and then began making the pies for the church dinners. It suited me fine. Had he chosen to make apple, custard, or tapioca pie, I would have been in trouble. My weight would have soared. I was safe with pumpkin pies.

     He made his pie completely from scratch, both the filling and the crust. Until recently, he even blended the skin into the filling, giving it tiny orange flecks but increasing the pie’s taste and nutrition Monte kindly submitted a post on how to make pumpkin pie from scratch (to view click on  My Husband’s Famous Pumpkin Pie).

     In 1990 Monte received an appointment to the Jamestown/State Line United Methodist Church Charge at the foot of Pymatuning Lake on the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. He decided to make a pumpkin pie for each congregation family. It took a little longer, since there were two churches and more families. He also made pumpkin pies for the church dinners at both churches. After all, by this time, he had a reputation to uphold.

     We moved on to Wesley United Methodist Church in Connellsville. Pumpkin pie scented our kitchen there as, for the third time, he made a pumpkin pie for each congregation member. During this appointment he also made pumpkin pies for the church dinners in our parsonage kitchen. Gradually, however, he began making them in the church kitchen with the help of some of the church women. He encouraged the cooks in making peach pies. One of the congregation members would prepare the peaches that were purchased by the bushel in the fall.

     During these church years, Monte also made the pies for our Thanksgiving dinner.

     After we purchased our retirement home, our daughter Sandra introduced us to a Ligonier farm that grew lunar pumpkins (photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/4048937826/). Monte had to experiment. He discovered that the shell is more difficult to cut into, that the meat is slightly thicker, but the end product (pumpkin pie) was no different than if he uses the regular, orange pumpkin. (See links to white pumpkins at end of this post.)

     It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. The kitchen in our Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania, home is filling with the scent of pumpkin pie. And I am again thankful I dislike it. I’ve made some ground in losing weight, and I don’t want to be tempted to backtrack.

      It was in our retirement home kitchen that we discovered that our late cat, Honey, liked pumpkin custard (link to that post at end of this post).

     May you all have access to your favorite pie this Thanksgiving Day, 2010.

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ADDITIONAL THANKSGIVING READING: 

My Husband’s Famous Pumpkin Pie

Ghostly white pumpkins of the Lunar variety

Orange is so Passe—Go for the White Pumpkin!

THE SNITTY CAT LIKES PUMPKIN PIE?

The Thanksgiving Baby

WHAT? NO PUMPKIN PIE FOR THANKSGIVING?

LEFTOVER TURKEY

TURDUCKIN

A THANKSGIVING POEM

THE THANKSGIVING TURKEY

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1 Comment »

  1. I can’t wait to try it!! Only about an hour to go!!

    Lois

    Comment by Lois — November 25, 2010 @ 5:22 pm | Reply


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