1) Are pies an important part of a holiday meal?
If I had to choose which was more important, pie would win out over turkey even. I made pumpkin, pecan chess and bourbon chocolate pecan. Long ago, though, I went from apple pie to apple crisp.
2) Men prefer pie; women prefer cake. Discuss.
I prefer pie over cake any day. In my immediate family, we used to do birthday pies rather than birthday cakes.
3) Cherries--do they belong in a pie?
Yes, but not sweet ones. Years ago, we could get sour cherries during the season but since I moved back south, I can't find them. Anyway, I would can lots of cherries and we would have cherry pie all year. Yum!
4) Meringue--if you have to choose, is it best on lemon or chocolate?
Lemon definitely. I don't really like chocolate pie, probably because it is rarely dark chocolate and there's no point in eating any other kind of chocolate. But meringue is the very best on key lime!
5) In a chicken pie, what are the most compatible vegetables? Anything you don't like to find in a chicken pie?
Carrots and peas. When I was a kid, this was about the only way I ate peas. You can add potatoes if you have to but keep everything else out. No beans, turnips, parsnips or anything else.
There is only one cake I would ever allow at a Thanksgiving dinner. That's an apple stack cake. Our grocery store was selling them last week. I finally had to tell a manager that what they had was *not* an apple stack cake. They had taken yellow cake layers, sliced them in half and put apple butter between the layers. Absolute heresy! I have experimented with using gingerbread cookie layers rather than sugar cookie ones. It is good but still not as good as your basic short cookies and applesauce with or without cinnamon. My aunt uses half applesauce and half apple butter - both home made - but I prefer just applesauce.
Today is the day we eat desserts for breakfast! I confess pecan pie does not make a good breakfast but I often feel like the only reason I make pumpkin pie and apple crisp is so we can have them first thing in the morning. A great way to start the day, especially when the weather is lousy like today.