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Pie, and a Plan

I pulled a pie out of the freezer tonight. A wee one (of a few) I picked up at the Saskatoon farmers’ market earlier this summer, carefully toted home in my carry-on bag, then wrapped and stuck in the freezer, because what was I going to do with three pies at once? But if you ever go to the Saskatoon farmers’ market you will swoon at the sight of at least a dozen granny-types of all ages (and I mean that in the best possible way – I adored my grandma) selling handmade pies of all kinds. Cherry, apple, strawberry, rhubarb, Saskatoon… raisin pies, even. I was in pie heaven. Yet staying at a hotel and flying home the next day. You’d do the same, I know it.

Also? I think I paid $3 for this pie. Which turned out to be rhubarb-Saskatoon – can’t get much more Canadian than that. I was baking date squares for CBC tomorrow but my Dad was coming over for dinner, and not wanting him to ravage said date squares, I popped this into a pan and slid it into the oven alongside. It reheated beautifully.

Dinner itself was a salad of sweet onions and tomatoes my friend A. brought back from the Okanagan (along with peaches, nectarines and yellow plums!) with fresh (albeit wilty) basil, olive oil and balsamic. My dad (whom I love) said it wasn’t authentic – he likes his with Kraft zesty Italian dressing.

We had corn and radishes, and those bun-looking things on the right are Portobello mushrooms stuffed with Spolumbos sausage (from the butcher dept at Co-op) cooked on the grill.

But really I was just looking at the finish line: that pie. Which cooled to warm and we ate with our hands – big wedges of fruit encased in a pastry coat. I hardly missed the ice cream.

So. Speaking of pie.

I’ve been meaning to have another little get-together, since the potluck back in the spring (could it be as long ago as it was??) and I thought we might have a little pie party. What do you think? This time I’ll tell Mike about it, and try not to be in the shower when everyone arrives.

As last time, everyone is welcome, just leave a comment here and I’ll contact you. And if you want, you could bring a pie. It’ll be a pie potluck! I’ll get take-out containers so we can all have doggy bags. How does that sound? No pressure.

So if you want to join the pie party, let me know. I’d love to hang out over pie. (And coffee! And tea! And something bubbly! Is it too late for mojitos? Do they even go with pie?) I’m thinking it will be next Saturday, September 10th. Because there’s no time like sometime in the next two weeks.

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52 comments on “Pie, and a Plan

  1. Lisa
    August 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Mmmm.. Pies… I’m in!

  2. Jennifer b
    August 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Hmmmm…. Count me it. I may be on the bubbke side, i cant do pastry but i know that fizzy goes with everything!

  3. H-woman
    August 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Pie?! Absolutely! I’m in!

  4. Fareen
    August 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    The last potluck was great, would love to come! A pie party sounds like fun!

  5. stacey snacks
    August 31, 2011 at 6:04 am

    $3. for a pie? Our farmer’s market guy charges $18. for a mixed berry pie, though it’s great, I just can’t do it!

  6. Rebecca
    August 31, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Darn, I probably won’t be able to make this one either! (we have a wedding on the 10th) Just in case I can somehow think of a way to do both, please send me the dets because I do love pie :)

  7. Fiona
    August 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Are you kidding? I’m in! PIE!

  8. Shaun
    August 31, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Pie sounds perfect! Please send me the details.

  9. Danielle
    August 31, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I’d love to join you but you’re a little too far away to travel for pie. Then again, I do love pie! Perhaps I’ll make a pie in your honor, a long distance pie (:

  10. Robyn
    August 31, 2011 at 8:46 am

    oh my goodness, i wish i lived in calgary so i could go to the PIE PARTY!!! i will definitely be there in spirit!

  11. Sarah in Calgary
    August 31, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Pie-eyed for pie :) Count me in!

  12. CathyD
    August 31, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Well you know I’ll be over. I’ll confess right up front: I don’t bake. That grilled banana you so enjoyed last week is one of my only desserts :)

    But I am however alwayws armed with the bubbly.

  13. Amanda
    August 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Blast! Next Saturday I’m busy! I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through everyone’s pie posts…. and maybe send a scout to scoop up some pie for me!

  14. Kathy
    August 31, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Count me in. I’ve not had much success w/ pastry but do a mean filling :)

  15. Melissa W
    August 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

    LE SIGH! I will be out of town AGAIN for this potluck. Shopping in Seattle. I hope to enjoy much Pacific seafood.

    I hope you all enjoy the pie potluck, and I hope to make the next one! (Julie, PLEASE keep having these).

  16. Avery
    August 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Say wha? Pie? Yes… we’ll be there with pie bibs on.

  17. bev
    August 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I TOTALLY want to come, and I will even DO the 6 hour drive at some point, but we are busy that weekend. I want to meet everyone, and I will eat anything at all but really, it should be chocolate…

  18. the other Al
    August 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    funny I just defrosted a saskatoon pie this afternoon while listening to my rotten kids bicker over who was going to clean up the play room. Its all out war down there and I am sitting up here fantasizing about pie. oh, now they’re throwing stuff…got to go
    Im in

  19. judy
    August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    You are such a generous hostess Julie………I will be out on the island exploring your wonderful “foodie” suggestions in Tofino.
    Hopefully i’ll make the next one!

    Have fun all

  20. CathyH
    August 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Unfortunately will miss this pie party. Have fun and take lots of pictures. Julie, you are one brave woman and cheers to Mike!

  21. Erica B.
    August 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    The 10th?! Noooo this’ll make two in a row that I’ve missed. We’ll be in Kelowna.

  22. Gena
    August 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Count me in!

  23. Jaya
    August 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Julie, I would love to come to your pie party! Pie crust is one of the things on my “must make” list that I have been putting off forever. It might be a good time to finally stop procrastinating and hope that my rookie effort merits the attention of your fine pie party folks. Is there anything else that your pie party folks can bring or do to make your life easier?

  24. Melanie
    August 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Count me in! I can make good pie AND this time I won’t drink all of your prosecco! Karen is also very good at eating pie so I will bring her as my date again!

  25. Doréus
    August 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    If this were winter, I would bring tourtières… but, come to think of it, it needn’t be winter to enjoy meat in pastry…

  26. Corinne
    August 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    We’d love to attend, our first ‘pie potluck’.
    What a wonderful idea Julie. Looking forward to sharing the flavourful sweet tastes of fall.

  27. Lesle
    September 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Pie is inspired/inspiring – I’m in!

  28. Donna
    September 1, 2011 at 12:59 am

    A Pie Potluck !
    Yes – we are in. It will be me and son David again.
    Hubby will now have missed two great events.

  29. Buddiegirl
    September 1, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Hold on to your forks boys, there’s pie! I would love to come, but I am terrible at making pies. I can bring the ice cream though…

  30. Carol
    September 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Blast! I’ll have to miss this one too. I will be in Drumheller!

  31. JennaS
    September 1, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Oh My God. Pie? Potluck. I’m in. 😀

  32. Colleen
    September 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I’m in. Enjoyed the last potluck. I have never made a pie crust in my life but will think of some kind of pie to bring. We are having pies at our wedding instead of cake – looking forward to some inspiration.

  33. Willa
    September 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I just came across your blog and I am absolutely amazed by your pictures. They are beautiful!! Although, I must say my mouth has been watering just browsing your site! :)

  34. Catherine
    September 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Pie AND potluck?! Count me in also, please!

  35. AJ
    September 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Julie – what a great idea! I’ll be there – with pie. I foresee deep discussions on the best way to make pastry – lard vs shortening, ice water vs milk, pastry cutter vs food precessor…! Looking forward to it.

  36. Joanne M
    September 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Will this be an afternoon pie potluck? If it is I really want to come! I have a community garden potluck in the evening and I want to do both.

  37. Vincci
    September 2, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I’m pretty sure my pastry making skills leave more to be desired, but if all else fails there’s Pillsbury, right? See you there :)

  38. CanadyAnna
    September 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

    MMMM! Pie Potluck! You caught me just as I was starting on taking the raspberry custard pie recipe and transforming it into Peach Custartd pie this morning. If it works, maybe I would bring that!

    On a side note – know of a source of sort of half size pie plates? Would like to have a couple so I could gift small pies to friends.

  39. Ye Olde Newlywed Newbie Soup Maker
    September 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I would love to try to make it, as long as you don’t mind twin babies and husband in tow. I am not a big pie person (I know, blasphemy!), but I would love pie-making tips for my pie-loving, baby-wrangling husband!

  40. Anita
    September 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Just moved to Calgary! Love your site! I’d love to come and I’ll bring a pie!!!!!!!! Thanks.

  41. Avery
    September 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I call Pie Fries! (My young daughters refuse to grant me the time to hone my pie-skills by Saturday)… lol

  42. JulieVR
    September 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    What the H are pie fries??

  43. Erica B.
    September 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Because I was curious & didn’t know what pie fries were either: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/11/cakespy-pie-fries-recipe.html

  44. sarah
    September 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Wow, sounds great, count me in!

  45. Bonnie White
    September 6, 2011 at 12:35 am

    When are you doing this? I’m so in.

  46. Aga
    September 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Would love to do pie.

  47. Aga
    September 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Forgot to give you my e-mail above.

  48. Kathy
    September 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Not sure if I’ll make it now. Rats! I picked up some kind of bug over the long weekend–I think–it has weird symptoms like vertigo.

  49. Lauren
    September 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I’d love to come! I’ll bring a gluten-free pie of sorts and a friend or two, if that’s alright :).

  50. Christina
    September 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I’m SOOO disappointed I can’t make it! I’m taking a nail course and I’ll be in class all day :( have so much fun! Have some pie for me! :)

  51. Michelle Bailey
    September 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hey Julie,
    Love the blog and always look forward to hearing you on CBC. We’d love to head over from Inglewood with Pie and toddler in tow!
    Michelle and James

  52. Carol SB
    September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    What time, dear girl? I would love to make it, depending on time of day…
    -CSB

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