The Pie I Didn’t Bake
November 24, 2015

You know those seasonal columns that get repeated each year?  Maybe it’s a cleverly rhyming send-off to the year, or a list of what the writer is thankful for. This Thanksgiving, for the second year now, I’m posting an essay that first appeared in the 12/27/96 issue of East Bay Express. ** A week before Thanksgiving, and I’m making a list. Canned pumpkin. Evaporated milk. Nutmeg, allspice, and – after double-checking the cupboard – cinnamon: spices I won’t use again until next year. I flip through The Joy of Cooking to a page stained with flour and butter, and after … Continue reading


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