This is the 1st in a series of Pie Camp stories.
I put my heart into all three of the books I’ve written. I guess I’ve written a trilogy of sorts–full of recipes and life stories. I think of them as beloved daughters and Pie Camp: The Skills You Need to Make Any Pie You Want is the youngest. October 6th is almost here–the date that she will be officially released.
I turned in sooooo much material…well over what my contract specified–and there just wasn’t room for it all. It was hard to let the extra go, but I have a brilliant editor who I trust completely, so I did.
Now, if it is ok with you…
I’d like to do a series of posts with some of these words and recipes, so hopefully you can enjoy them, too.
The first one is about Ricardo and the day he made a peach pie.
Ricardo’s Peak Pie Day Experience
Ricardo and his partner had been gifted spots to a one-day camp I was teaching in California, but he almost didn’t come. A team leader, with a demanding and stressful career, he was facing a major presentation the very next day, and a day spent learning to make pie felt somewhat frivolous, especially since he would have to drive three hours each way. But, the day arrived and he decided to come.
The workshop was to be held in the farm kitchen at Frog Hollow Farm and first we picked sweet ripe peaches right off the trees in the orchard. Ricardo helped to carry them into the kitchen, where he watched, learned, and made a beautiful pie with a lattice top. The smile on his face in the Pie Camp graduation photo I took of him holding his just baked pie, is full of pride and joy.
Our paths crossed a number of years later and he recounted to me, how making a pie was so far removed from his milieu of experience, that during that time he was able to push aside the thoughts of the week ahead, and focus on something new and different. It cleared his mind and he felt renewed and refreshed after camp. When Monday rolled around, he brought a bright can-do feeling to his team…along with the pie.
Ricardo told me that although he couldn’t afford the time to come, he couldn’t afford not to come either, and that day making pie, is one of the best and peak experience days of his life.
Favorite Pie: Peach
What about you? Do you find baking something that centers you? That lifts you from the challenges of your day? If you care to share your story in the comments, please do…or you can email it to me.