Never in a million years did I think that anyone else would pick the same holiday tune as me for this month's You Want Pies With That? challenge. When I saw yesterday that Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies had made a Fairytale of New York Pie, my jaw dropped. Not only that, but her take on it is brilliant. (It's an Irish drunkfest in a pie. The Pogues would love it.) I've been frantically searching for another seasonal song that moves me like that one. Nope. No such luck.
So I finally decided to soldier on. The number of religious customs and holiday traditions that merge in our family is just astounding. I'm amazed at how my husband's and my families carried their culinary heritage, from Latkes to Swedish Rosettes, with them to this country. The Pogues' song of heartbreak and drunkenness speaks eloquently of the dreams of the old world and new and their loss. To bring them together, I placed a traditional style European apple tart on a thoroughly American sweet potato crust.
Now I'm voting for Natashya.