Pie, pie, pie! Once and future favorite for me. There's a place for cakes (fresh coconut!), but if I could only choose one category of the two, it would be pie. Sour cherry pie with a lattice lard crust is my ideal.
And I would be thrilled if I could make a cherry pie like lleechef
's! But I just can't make a decent pie crust to save my life, and I won't use the store-bought kind.
I loved eating sugar cream pie while growing up in Indianapolis. I loved living in Nashville when I was in law school. Apart from local options (coconut cream at Elliston Place Soda Shop
; chess pie almost anywhere), we were close enough to Georgia to be able to get pies there, as well.
The Twin Cities has been problematic for me on the pie front. Pies can be found, here and there, but many are quite elaborate, "contrived" pies that don't appeal to me. The homemade cream pies at Magnolia
in St. Paul are delicious. But what I mostly crave are simple, traditional pies filled with fruit. Fortunately, Iowa is not too far away, and is a great source for pie! http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Pieowa-Roadtrip-m700883.aspx