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<h2>Food for Comfort</h2><p>In my family, pies are a comfort food.  Without touching on whether or not food should be used for comfort, (that’s a whole other subject!), I’ve been recently reminded of this fact yet again.  A three-year-old little boy died in a swimming pool accident recently in Yucaipa.  A meal train was created to provide meals to the family. I think when something tragic happens in a community, most of us feel pretty helpless.  If we don’t know the family, we surely don’t want to disturb them.  Yes, we can donate money to a gofundme account, but not everyone can afford to do that, including me.  We can, of course, pray for them and send cards or gifts, but I think many people really want to do something practical or helpful that can offer comfort to the family.  In this tragic situation, I thought about the fact that in my family, pies are a comfort food.  There is something simple, yet complex in a pie.  The filling, whether it is fruit or custard or nuts or a combination of the above, surrounded by a flaky, crunchy crust is, well, yummy and yes comforting and it just feels like love.  If you’re a pie lover, you know why I have trouble describing the experience of eating a pie!  So, long story short, I signed up for the meal train and today donated a family sized chicken pot pie and a mixed berry pie for the family.  While I was making it, I focused on sending healing comfort, gentle and soothing understanding and love. It’s not really much to offer to a family who has suffered such a loss, but it’s my way of giving comfort and the message that they are in my thoughts and prayers.  It’s the least I can do.  </p>

Food for Comfort

In my family, pies are a comfort food.  Without touching on whether or not food should be used for comfort, (that’s a whole other subject!), I’ve been recently reminded of this fact yet again.  A three-year-old little boy died in a swimming pool accident recently in Yucaipa.  A meal train was created to provide meals to the family. I think when something tragic happens in a community, most of us feel pretty helpless.  If we don’t know the family, we surely don’t want to disturb them.  Yes, we can donate money to a gofundme account, but not everyone can afford to do that, including me.  We can, of course, pray for them and send cards or gifts, but I think many people really want to do something practical or helpful that can offer comfort to the family.  In this tragic situation, I thought about the fact that in my family, pies are a comfort food.  There is something simple, yet complex in a pie.  The filling, whether it is fruit or custard or nuts or a combination of the above, surrounded by a flaky, crunchy crust is, well, yummy and yes comforting and it just feels like love.  If you’re a pie lover, you know why I have trouble describing the experience of eating a pie!  So, long story short, I signed up for the meal train and today donated a family sized chicken pot pie and a mixed berry pie for the family.  While I was making it, I focused on sending healing comfort, gentle and soothing understanding and love. It’s not really much to offer to a family who has suffered such a loss, but it’s my way of giving comfort and the message that they are in my thoughts and prayers.  It’s the least I can do.  

Posted 89 weeks ago

Cherries in the Mountains

When I married my second husband, we bought a house in Wrightwood.  I had always wanted to live in the mountains and I loved that house.  It was a chalet style, very well-built, homey, lots of decks, pine trees, up against the forest, a cute little front yard and lots of fruit trees. I had never had so many fruit trees anywhere I had ever lived before.  There were three apple trees (red delicious - and they were soooo good), a pear tree, a peach tree and a large English Morello cherry tree. Morello cherries are sour.  They’re perfect for baking!  I hadn’t really baked cherry pies before I moved there.  I learned that it was best to pick the cherries just as they were starting to sweeten.  That also happened to be the same point when the birds started devouring them.  After a couple of years of losing many of the cherries to the birds, I got into the routine of tasting them everyday around middle to late June.  When I decided they were ready, I called my mom and she drove up.  We’d spend the day picking and pitting cherries.  I let the birds have the cherries from the top third of the tree and we got the rest.  That was a LOT of cherries!  One year, I entered a cherry pie in a pie baking contest at a small fair in town.  I won first place! 
When I moved back to Yucaipa, I found that there is nowhere to buy sour cherries locally - not even Cherry Valley.  This was such a disappointment because I really prefer to use fresh fruit.  So I started looking for alternatives.  One of my customers mentioned that she could get jars of good sour cherries at an international market in Orange County, where she lives.  She comes out this way pretty regularly, so she buys them for me. They’re wonderful!  Then I found that I can also buy smaller jars of them at World Market locally.  I’m so glad I’m able to make pie this year with these deep red sour cherries from a jar.   But I sure do miss that beautiful English Morello cherry tree in the mountains.   

Posted 92 weeks ago
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Posted 94 weeks ago

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