pie’s a tie!
Every fall, I aspire to a glorious Thanksgiving pie reveal: The feast is behind us, and everyone’s basking in a gluttonous tryptophan daze while I parade my handmade masterpieces to a symphony of oohs and ahs. That’s the fantasy. The reality is, either the family is too glutted or my pies don’t live up to my expectations. I’d rather focus on the savory stuff, and having my family gathered in one spot for Mom’s stuffing is sweet enough for me. But the experience is much different for Janet Taylor Mccracken, our test kitchen director, who spends the weekends prior to Thanksgiving blissfully prepping her perfect pie dough, which then chills out in the freezer until the big day. For people like Janet, pie-making is meditative, relaxing, and joyous—they’d never consider store-bought. The truth is, you’re either a baker or you’re not. And the holidays aren’t the time to change that. —Alexa Weibel, senior food editor Find our favorite Thanksgiving pie recipes, including this bourbon-pecan beauty, at rachaelraymag.com/thanksgivingpies.