What Kind of Pie IS That?


Gunny and Dilly met when the Marines transferred him from Tustin, California to Jacksonville, North Carolina.  Dilly’s roots run deep in North Carolina, and her tradition, that then included Gunny after they married, was to go to her mother’s people in a rural area near Raleigh for Christmas Day.

In fact, we went with them a couple times.  It is a large, loving, ready to include anyone who walks through the door, family.  We had a great time with them, and besides the food was fantastic!

The tradition was that while Aunt Hope and the women visited and prepared the rest of the meal in the house, Uncle Dave  and  the men roasted a hog out in the shed.  I never visited “the shed” but that apparently was where the whiskey was kept also, to ward off the cold, they would say.  All I know is that the best Carolina barbeque I have ever tasted in my life came out of that shed!

But, one of the times we were there, Aunt Hope and  Gunny had an interesting and memorable  conversation:

Aunt Hope:  “Gunny, now how about a piece of my PEE-can pie?”

Gunny:  “That sounds great, Aunt Hope.  But, you know, in Indiana we call it p-CAAN pie.”

Aunt Hope:  “Hmmm. That’s very interesting.  By, the way, how many PEE-can trees do you have in Indiana?”

Gunny:  “Good point.  Yes, maam.  I’d love a piece of PEE-can pie.”

The good-natured laughter that followed, like whipped cream on top, made the PEE-can pie even better.

Good fellowship, good food, good humor — the “secret”  ingredients for wonderful family get-togethers at the holidays!

15 Responses to What Kind of Pie IS That?

  1. C. Beth says:

    I agree w/Gunny–it’s peCAAN. And that’s coming from parents who grew up in New Mexico and had peCAAN trees. 😀

  2. Sandra says:

    Beth — I guess it’s a regional thing. But, Aunt Hope made wonderful pies out of them, so I was willing to call them whatever she did! 🙂

  3. Schafner says:

    PeCAAN all the way, no doubt. Although, I hear both in Texas. Awesome post Sandra! Reminds me of my family.

    P.S. Nice touch with the snowflakes.

  4. Sandra says:

    Schafner — If that sounds like your family, you must have a great family. They were just wonderful — the people AND the food!

    I was looking for some info from WordPress last night and came across the ability to add the snowflakes and just couldn’t resist. I think they’re a nice touch too! 🙂

  5. Maddy says:

    Definitely the most secret and the most valuable ingredient indeed! I give up on the pronunciation as are version is more or less ‘pick ens’ which doesn’t really rate in the great scheme of things. Luckily I have a few contemporary Americans around to put me right.

  6. Maddy says:

    I can’t find an email address for you, so I’ll just mention that actually it is my mother in law who was recently widowed in March [not me!] so she’s moved out from England to come and live with us. Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m sorry if I mis-led you.

  7. Sandra says:

    Maddy — Your take on things always makes me smile. “Pick ens Pie” works for me!

  8. Cathy says:

    Well, I came here to comment on P-caans, but see my daughter beat me to the draw! So I’ll just comment on the showflakes – I love them! Makes for a very relaxing read!

  9. Sandra says:

    Maddy — You must have been typing your second comment while I was answering yur first one, in kind of a flip way that wasn’t at all appropriate to your serious words in your second comment. Sorry. I’m sorry to hear about your MIL’s loss, but I thnk it’s wonderful that she had family to take her in and love her. You are a blessing to ALL the generations around you, Miss “Sandwich Generation!”

    Cathy — I really like the snowflakes too. I just stumbled across the way to add them, and now I smile every time I see them. Although I am, I believe, a little ADD, so at first I couldn’t read very well when they were “falling” because they distracted me. But, I’m past that now!

    BTW, we got the “real stuff” last night, so I’m off to see if I got any good pictures. If I did, of course, I’ll post them. I love snow.

  10. Danielle says:

    Hi Snadra..

    Just wanted to pop on and say, thank you for a wonderful read this year. I have really enjoyed your posts and always look forward to your beautiful comments.
    Have a wonderful Christmas sharing it with the people you love the most.
    God Bless….Danielle xoxoxo

  11. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Danielle. I’ve really enjoyed your posts and comments too. Merry Christmas, and God’s blessings to you and your family too!

  12. tz says:

    i say to-may-toe you say to mah-toe…hahaha, my mother in law is from boston and she pronounces pecan differently then I do (Colorado girl)….I wonder how a brit would say it?

  13. Sandra says:

    tz — I love a British accent. They have a way of making everything they say sound so . . . important! So, however they would say it, I imagine it would sound like very important pie! 🙂

  14. tonilyn18 says:

    Ok – here in east TX, its puh-CAAN, and tuh-may-tuh….LOL
    And, yep…that means its also puh-tay-tuh….lol….very funny…..Someone from DOWN south here will have to head up that way to tach y’all how to talk!

    Cute post….thanks!

  15. Sandra says:

    Tonilyn — That’s one of the things that makes America great, isn’t it? All our different ways of saying and doing things — and we’re all still AMERICAN’S!! I love it.

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