Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche ice cream). I admit it...I'm pie challenged. It's been years since I even tried to make one of my own. My crusts always come out hard. But that's not what this post is about.
Strawberry rhubarb pie is my absolute all time favorite dessert. Yes, it's true I love creme brulee and some others rank up there as well, but nothing comes close to strawberry rhubarb pie. And no one does it better than my Auntie Rita. I compare all others to hers and even the next best (like the one pictured here that I bought at a great market in Jordan (Niagara region) doesn't hold a candle to hers.
Saturday, my honey and I went back to Niagara area (well actually we really went to Buffalo, NY (just across from Niagara Falls) to buy some CocoaVia chocolate bars. They're supposed to be good for you in addition to tasting great and you can't get them in Canada yet. Anyway, I digress. We came back via the Canadian Niagara side and stopped at our favorite market (I'm ashamed to say I don't remember the name, but the next time I'm there I'll pay close attention and edit this post!) because I was craving my favorite pie - especially because the local strawberries and rhubarb are ripe and we're having family over for dinner Sunday and I'm too lazy this time to make dessert.
Sunday morning we did our usual - read the NY Times in bed and lo and behold there's an article in the magazine section called Circular Thinking about pies...with a photo of a gorgeous rhubarb pie (her favorite) and this line jumped off the page...."pies cannot be successfully mass-produced. They depend on the individual touch..." She continues to tell about growing up and all the pies her family made.....which brings me right back to Auntie Rita's strawberry rhubarb pie....perfect flaky crust (she's given me "fool proof" recipes over the years, but none seem to work for me. Maybe I'll have her over when she's in town and we can make one together in my kitchen and I can see what she does), tangy and sweet filling....yum!!!!
And - as for my "circular thinking" I guess it just made me think of the latest meme I contributed to - about dishes I miss the most and Auntie Rita's strawberry rhubarb pie is right up there with my mom's fried chicken and creamed salmon!