Celebrating Presidents' Day: Cherry Pie for George Washington
|Farmer Bob's Cherry Pie|
There's much debate about whether George Washington cut down his father's cherry tree or not. I recall drawing countless photos of the incident back in elementary school, so that means it's true -- right? Honoring our US Presidents was a big deal in the 1950s, when both Lincoln (February 12) and Washington (February 22) were celebrated with separate holidays on their birthdays.
In honor of the Father of our Country, my Mom always made a cherry pie for Washington's birthday. Her pie crusts were light and flaky, and I loved the filling, which she made from canned cherries -- not that pre-made cherry pie filling in a can. Oh, so tasty!
Farmer Bob has perfected his pie crust over the years, thanks to using Whidbey Island pie baker Shirlee Read's Never Fail Pie Crust recipe. So yesterday, in honor of the long Presidents' Day weekend, he made a cherry pie that we had Sunday night after dinner. And most likely we'll have another piece today. Yummy, indeed.
So Mr. President, thanks for sort of chopping down that cherry tree when you were six years old. We still enjoy a slice of pie or two around your birthday each year. Now, what about those wooden false teeth that you wore?
|Shirlee Read, a guest on Kitsch 'n Bitch at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (2010).|
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups Crisco, butter, margarine or lard. (Or a combination; I like 1 cup Crisco and 1/2 cup Willow Run margarine or butter)*
- 1 tsp salt or more to taste (if using salted margarine, add little or no salt)
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 5 Tbsp cold water
|Whidbey Island Cherry Blossoms|
- 4-1/2 cups frozen pie cherries
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 4 Tbsp flour