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Hello, American Pie

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Let us now give thanks for pie. As Thanksgiving approaches, pie is much on our minds, especially if we’re the ones planning the menu. Of course we’ll have pumpkin and apple, but what else? Should we add pecan? Pear? Appease the chocoholics with chocolate-hazelnut? Tweak tradition with cranberry-caramel tart? The possibilities are many on this most American of holidays, perhaps because pie is the most American of desserts. A few years ago, my sister biked across country (yes, over the Rockies and across the Great Plains, but that’s another story). Along the way, she told me later, she was struck by the presence of pie on American menus; it was everywhere, and yet each region had its own specialties—more so…

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