• Pecan Pie from Baking by Dorie Greenspan
    American Recipes
    Pecan Pie from Baking by Dorie Greenspan
    My very first job was at a sandwich store called Gourmet Fast & Fresh. It wasn't any ordinary sandwich shop, it was like a supermarket of sandwiches and baguettes. It was housed in a two storey building. The top level was where the sandwiches were made and packed, then downstairs was were they were displayed and sold. Customers simply came in and chose their pre-made sandwiches, selected a drink, picked up a sweet dessert and paid for them at the register. The managers were a married couple and they were very charitable and kind. At the end of every night they allowed the employees to take home whatever they did not sell and if there was anything left after that, they gave it to the Salvation Army. It introduced me to combinations of fillings that I had never seen before: Turkey + Cranberry Sauce + Camembert Chicken + Avocado + Mayo + Bacon Tuna + Mayo + Corn + Lettuce For a fresh-out-of-high-school teenager, all these combinations seemed new and exciting. I ate myself silly for the 6 months that I was employed there. They also introduced me to Pecan Pie. I grew up on Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine and had never heard of pecan pie. When one of the cashiers sung its praises I became very curious and took one home to try. I will never forget my first bite. When I sunk my teeth into the little pie I marveled at the buttery pastry and the crunchy nut.…