Pumpkin Pie

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Today while I was walking down the street, I passed a dude who jabbed his finger at me while yelling “fuck YOU,” and adding a hearty “FUCK YOU, TOO” to the rest of the people on the street.

I’m still not sure what caused his outburst – was he ill?  Was he on my period?

“Have a good one!” I shouted over my shoulder.

At first I wasn’t sure what had upset him so. But later, I came to a conclusion:  I think he had eaten a dark, dry and tasteless pumpkin pie. He was probably forced to buy one from the grocery store, over-spiced and overpriced. What “fuck you” really meant was, “fuck you for not sharing with all of us the pie recipe you have enjoyed for years. Fuck you for making us live this way.” 

Street Meanie, this one’s for you.

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Flapper Pie

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Flapper pie: a “Canadian prairie staple”. It is a vanilla custard (no bake) pie classically topped with meringue, but I think meringue is unappetizing, so I used whipped cream which just makes it all the more creamy. I first tried this in 2011 when my aunt casually whipped it out for dessert during a visit. As if it were no big deal that she was sitting on top of what would become one of my go-to pie recipes. I think I underestimated her because she’s sweet and lovely. It turns out she just plays her recipe cards close to her chest.

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