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While I was in Seattle last week, one of my adventures was a pie making demonstration by Kate McDermott. You probably remember her from the other times I’ve mentioned pie. Like this time and this time. I also talk about it in Food Heroescoming out tomorrow, ack!

What my other pie experiences didn’t have, however, was a poet in residence.

Yep, you heard me.

This is Evan J. Peterson. He is a poet and he writes haikus, savory and sweet, from time to time when inspired by Kate’s classes. He also writes other poems and stories. But on this day, it was all about the pie.

He started off the class with a few savory and sweet varieties. Then this one, with a political twist:

In Seattle I learned.

To make rain pies.

Their crusts liberal but stiff.

~ Evan J. Peterson

Then Kate baked.

And showed us a dough with good marbling.

And her signature “chubby” discs.

And Frog Hollow peaches, as sweet as can be.

And then Evan was inspired again. This one turned out to be my favorite.

The engagement is off.

Keep the ring.

I love you but you cook with crisco.

~ Evan J. Peterson

That was my reaction as well.

Especially because I like leaf lard. Not crisco. Thank you.

And then there was this. Warm “tasties.”

And this.

Frog Hollow Peach Pie with a Leaf Lard Crust.

It was spectacular really. Peaches and lard are what seduce me.

Remember that.


  • Gabi
    Posted August 31, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Your people photos are beautiful! What kind of camera do you use? I didn't see you whip one out over the weekend.

    • Post Author
      Posted August 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      I'm very stealth ; ) Nikon D700. That lens was a 24-105 zoom.

  • Stephanie Morimoto
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Love the piekus! Thanks for introducing me to Kate McDermott and a great pie crust recipe, which I found in your other pie post. I've been dying to find a great one and will have to try it. I've also just begun writing a blog about locavore living, so yours is an inspiration!

  • Evan
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Oh my gosh, Georgia! I missed entirely this when you posted it. Thank you so much for talking me up!

    Keep in touch, Georgia Peach!

    • Evan
      Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      That is, I "missed this entirely." Here's a haiku for this grammar kerfuffle:

      Proofread the comment.
      Seriously. Proofread it
      before posting it.

      • Post Author
        Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

        Haha, I love that you can even comment in haiku! Hope to see you again soon!

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