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December 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM

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On a lighter, flakier note: The Great Pie Bake-off

Posted by Letters Editor

Thank goodness for traditional pie values

It is great to see two women upholding pie-making traditions [“The Great Pie Bake-off pits friends and fruit,” Seattletimes.com, Pacific Northwest, Nov. 25].

So many people today choose to buy mass-produced store pies, solely on their convenience and with no consideration of taste or tradition. We need to continue these old-style baking techniques so that the following generations can enjoy the great taste of a homemade pie, and the satisfaction of making it themselves.

So many food items today have been recreated to withstand cross-country transportation and a supermarket shelf life, but by doing this we are losing essential parts of the American food culture.

If people continue to pass down their family recipes, as featured friends Kate McDermott and Kathleen Triesch Saul have done, we can be assured of the continuation of the United States’ cultural food icons.

— Jillian Jackson, Seattle

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