Tonight, though, it is time to put up one series of photos, pictures from last spring that I am so glad I took. My Grandma is a wonderful cook (as is my mother). I, on the other hand, can cook reasonably okay meals, but seldom am actually inspired to do so - I claim that the joy-of-cooking gene skipped me over. In our family, though many are great cooks, nobody makes pies like my Grandma! Because her pies are so delicious, I have been wary to attempt making any myself and stick to baking sweets that I feel confident about - mostly cookies and brownies. But when I was home in March I requested a pie-making lesson, and my sister and I spent a delightful afternoon at Gram's house learning how to make her pies. Here is the afternoon in picture-story form.
|Mixing up the pie crusts|
|Rolling out the dough for my pie|
|Bryn's crust ready to be put in the pan|
|Gram's skilled hands molding the crust into the pan|
|Gram showing me how to make pretty designs on the top crust|
|The finished design|
|Putting on the top crust|
|Gramps camping out in the dining room to read the paper while the ladies make pies in the kitchen|
|Using the leftover dough to make another yummy little treat|
|Bryn rolling up the sweet roll|
|All ready to snack on :)|
|Our pies fresh out of the oven|
|Bryn showcasing her pie|
|Hey look, Gram taught me how to make pies!|
These pictures are so special to me, and I'm so, so glad I brought my camera over to Grandma's house that day so I could snatch it up with floury-sticky fingers and capture these pictures of the process and the experience of making pies with Gram. Although I have no special passion for cooking or baking, I do enjoy making food with other people, especially people I dearly love. For me, making food is more about the experience and the memories made with others than it is about the actual results. And I will remember and cherish this wonderful afternoon with my Grandma for the rest of my life.
Thank you so much for teaching me just one of your baking skills, Gram! I hope my future pies taste even half as good as yours always do!