The Chopping Block: You are the Apple of our Pie
Can you believe it’s already time to start planning the Thanksgiving feast? One of the most important courses of the meal (always) is dessert. Pie is traditionally served at the holiday table, but do you know why? No, the colonists did not have pie at the first Thanksgiving. There were no ovens to bake in, nor were there even butter or flour to bake with.
The Washington Post credits a popular magazine editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, as having started the pumpkin pie tradition when she read about the original 1621 feast and published recipes for turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie in an attempt to make a model for an annual holiday in the middle of the nineteenth century.
So thanks to Sarah, we now all enjoy pumpkin pie every Thanksgiving. At The Chopping Block, our famous Apple Pie is also always on the holiday table.
If you joined us at last month’s Apple Fest in Lincoln Square, you probably had a slice of our pie. We made 550 pies (the most we’ve ever made for Apple Fest) and sold them by the slice for a total of 4,400 slices of pie. Now that our staff has somewhat recovered from that pie production, it’s time to do it all over again!
The Chopping Block is once again selling our handmade pies for Thanksgiving. We offer two options:
Famous Apple Pie:
- Baked to perfection in a 10-inch deep-dish cast iron skillet, our apple pie is bursting with Granny Smith apples enveloped in homemade, flaky pie dough. It’s no wonder why it’s considered the best! $55/pie served in a cast iron skillet that is yours to keep.
Classic Pumpkin Pie:
- Nothing says Thanksgiving more than our Pumpkin Pie! We add our Chopping Block love to this holiday classic, making it an ultra-delicious celebration of tradition. The 9″ pie is in a disposable aluminum pan. $20/pie.
Order online now. You can choose to pick up your pies at either of our locations, Lincoln Square or the Merchandise Mart, on either Tuesday, November 21 or Wednesday, November 22 of Thanksgiving week. These pies travel well so they are great options if you are headed out of town for the holiday.
If you’d rather try making your own Apple Pie, we’re always happy to share our recipe. Our Owner/Chef Shelley Young shows you how to make it in this video.