Andrea Weigl’s Dec. 9 column “The great holiday pie debate” on pumpkin chiffon pie hit a nerve with my family.
My mother-in-law cut a recipe for this pie out of the Eureka, California, newspaper in 1958 and began making it every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When we married in 1981, my wife and I had a great debate over whether we would make my family’s tradition of thin pumpkin pies with no seasoning or pumpkin chiffon pie. I made mine, and she made hers. Our children come home for the holidays because pumpkin chiffon won out.
In 1995 my mother-in-law contributed her copy of the recipe to a community charity cookbook. When the cookbook was published, a lady she did not know called and accused her of breaking into her home and stealing her most prized secret family recipe. All this was before WikiLeaks.
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And now thousands of people probably cut out the recipe from the paper, and who knows how many marriages will be sustained or what intrigue may ensue.