Black Strap Rum Peach Pie
My friend Phammy is a Viet chick, journalist, mother of two and hostess of a Thanksgiving dinner that I always try to attend in Seattle. The reason I leave the mild fall in Southern California for the chilly wetness of the Pacific Northwest is because Phammy spends at least three days cooking a scarily ambitious but always yummy meal for no fewer than a dozen people. The rolls, pies, stuffing and whiskey cocktails are all made from scratch. No cheating, substitutions and shortcuts are allowed. All her efforts to be the perfect American housewife paid off Thursday night when she garnered the top prize at her neighborhood farmer's market's 1st Annual Blue Ribbon Pie Contest. Her son, Geddy, was on hand to help her celebrate. I hope the duo relives their special moment -- and recreates the award-winning pie -- for this November's gathering.