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    Herman Can Bake A Berry Pie

    So Herman’s daughter Hermenia and her husband go blue berry picking one day. Why is this newsworthy to me? Well, first of all, I don’t care for blue berries, but Herman really loves them. Hermenia brought by two containers of blue berries and Herman was eating them every morning with breakfast.

    He got it into his mind, however, to make a homemade blue berry pie. We couldn’t find any pre-made pie crust up here in Caroga Lake, so Herman got out his trust Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book and found a recipe for both pie crust and filling.

    This was on a Monday evening. I was on the phone speaking to my sister, Linda, when I heard this awful commotion coming from the kitchen. It evidently was the mixer, mixing up pie batter. After I got off the phone, I decided to go to bed watching the Olympics on TV.

    By the time I was falling asleep, Herman came in and reported that the pie was in the oven. When I asked him what the filling was made out of, he responded, “Blue berries, flour, sugar and lemon juice.” But more importantly, I asked how he rolled out the crust, since I knew we didn’t have a rolling pin. Seems a normal long neck beer bottle will also do the trick.

    Now, as I said before, I don’t like blue berries, but Herman assured me that the pie was excellent. When I was able to bake, my specialty was banana bread, and I could make a mean banana bread. I’m not much of a fruit pie person, what I do love is chocolate pie. Just make up a batch of chocolate pudding and put it in a graham cracker crust and refrigerate and I’m a happy camper.

    Herman has surprised me with a couple of other baking forays. He’s made apple pie in a pre-made crust, cake from a mix, corn bread from a mix and he loves putting various fruits in pancakes. But the blue berry pie from “scratch” with hand picked berries takes the cake- or pie, in this case.

    What Herman really does well is a hollandaise sauce from scratch. So I can have eggs Florentine on special mornings when he has his eggs benedict and we both feel like we’ve eaten out at a five star restaurant. Herman states his favorite meal is breakfast anyway.

    But back to the berries. Herman has been eating berry pie for several days now. He tells me stories of his mother baking elderberry pie, black berry pie and other such pies you don’t see these days. I guess he’s following in his mother’s footsteps.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"