Last Day of August

Summer is basically over.  I hope you had a good one.  I got a lot done but never really “relaxed”.  Hopefully next summer.  We got most of what we wanted done on our cabin in Grand Marais.  We have a few little things to do, but then the fun starts.

Cabins like ours are for doing fun things outside.  Pruning, planting trees.  Little fun projects.  Fishing.

One of the things I love about summer is eating certain foods.  Especially pie.  I love pie.  This summer we didn’t eat or make a lot of pies because we were so busy, and we were trying to lose weight.  By the way, intermittent fasting works.

We dropped our daughter in Duluth last week. She was flying home and then to Hong Kong.  On the way back, we stopped at Bettie’s Pies in Two Harbors.  I have passed this place a thousand times and the parking lot is full of cars, but I have never been in there.  This time we stopped.

We got a tart cherry pie.

I have to say, it was amazing.  I love a tart cherry pie.  It’s one of my favorites.  I also like an apple, and a lemon pie. My wife’s favorite is tart cherry or strawberry rhubarb.

When we make pie at home, we make a crust with leaf lard and butter.  It adds flakiness to the crust.  We also use vodka in place of some water.   It makes it tender because the gluten doesn’t get as tough.

My friend Peter restarted his families pie business when he stopped trading.  You can find Fasano’s Pies all over now.  He makes a pretty darn good pie.

What’s your favorite pie?  Do you make them at home or do you buy them?

  • gregharmon

    I’m with Lisa, both Tart Cherry and especially in the spring, Strawberry Rhubarb

  • Dan Kunze

    Blueberry hands down. Made with fresh blueberries from Western Michigan. We like to go to the blueberry festival in South Haven and load up on around a dozen 10 pound boxes. They freeze just fine.

    • Pointsandfigures

      We make these with wild blueberries we pick up here in MN. Great, but unless you use lemon can be sweet!

  • awaldstein

    Pear is my fave.

    Been way too long since I’ve had any.

    Watching your journey makes me realize I need a small piece of land with a big kitchen somewhere.

    Have a great 4th my friend and best to your wife.

    • Pointsandfigures

      Pear! Never had one. Which pear variety makes the best pie?

      • awaldstein

        How about I just don’t remember.

        You’ve inspired me on this.

        • Pointsandfigures

          I guess we will just have to experiment with several varieties.

          • awaldstein

            I recently discovered that when my younger brother visited me in BC back when, he took a bit of my then sourdough starter and is still using it to this day.

            Gonna restart it. Amazing as this is really aged stuff.

          • Pointsandfigures

            should be good! we do Kombucha tea and are starting to ferment other things, like ketchup.

          • awaldstein


          • Yes. Ale some liquid from the top of a yogurt and blend with tomato paste and spices. Ferment It’s tremendous