by Melissa Corbin
Pie. Pie. Me, oh my…It’s National Pie Day, Y’all!
When I competed in Tennessee’s regional dessert division for the 2014 World Food Championships (WFC), it was my intent to represent my home state to the best of my ability with “Hunka Hunka Goo Goo Love.”
My use of local ingredients was a nod to a certain Mississippi boy who staked his claim to fame in Memphis. I’m talking about Elvis who loved peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches, the inspiration for my confectionary concoction.
Those little hand pies earned me a
golden ticket and advanced me to the live fire competition held in Las Vegas.
These days, the competition is held in Gulf Shores, Alabama where the sand is white, the water is blue and the shrimp are red…Red Royals that is. As seen on A&E, The Discovery Channel and most recently on the Food Network, WFC has been the precipitating event for many culinary careers.
Check out how it all went down for me by clicking here.
Since my WFC days, I’ve been in a few corners of this big old world of ours.
Low and behold, there’s always a connection to pie. Searching for women “baking a new pie” of their very own, their motherlands serve up a healthy slice of inspiration.
Take American singer-songwriter, Beth Ditto. She’s traveled the world over and has been compared to legends like Etta Jamesand Tina Turner. This feminism activist came from humble beginnings in the “Natural State” of Arkansas, home of Possum Pie. Don’t worry! The pie is totally vegetarian and simply “plays possum” by pretending to be something else.
Stranger things than meat have been used to stuff a pie. Yet, meat is indeed the
traditional stuffing for empanadas. Enjoy one of these Spanish hand pies as an homage to the Netflix original, Stranger Things starring Millie Bobby Brown.
She hails from Marbella, Spain- a Southern resort town along the Costa del Sol.
During a 2017 appearance on the Netflix series, Chelsea, Bella Thorne explained what it was like growing up dyslexic and the bullying she endured. Determined to rise above it all, she read everything she could get her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes.
Today, the Florida native’s list of awards is astounding. She’s starred in a host of films, television shows, and even a few video games. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pie that represents Florida better than the American favorite, Key Lie Pie.
Maybe you just want to get in a healthy dose of kitchen therapy and wing it. As 2018 is officially “Year of the Woman” don’t wait around for someone else to come along. Get in the kitchen and make your own damn pie. Food 52 shows us how to do just that without even a recipe!
Photos: Beth Sachan/Gage Skidmore/StateEats
Melissa is a Nashville-based freelance journalist telling the stories of folks who care about their world’s future. Published by Travel Channel, AAA Traveler, Edible Communities, NPR, USA Today, Craft Beer Magazine, Texas Highways and Nashville Lifestyles, she’s also the producer of Corbin In The Dell- a travel podcast about folks in food, farming and drink with a local music influence. Check out CorbinintheDell.com