Pie Party Recap

By Terry Golson

These days, I spend most of my time working with horses, but I used to be a food writer. Once a year, at Thanksgiving, I have an excuse, and give myself the time, to pull out all of the cooking stops. For Thanksgiving I bake pie for my Pie Party. This year sixteen pies were consumed. There were fourteen different varieties.


Some pies I invent as I bake. This was a Baldwin Apple, Dried Cranberry, Ground Almond and Crystallized Ginger Pie. It was one of this year’s favorites.


My adult son brought friends. One was vegan, which gave me an excuse to explore some recipes that I wouldn’t otherwise have tried. For her I made a blueberry pie, a savory vegetable potpie and a chocolate, banana, peanut butter pie. All of the guests liked these offerings – there were no leftovers.


Most guests tasted most of the pies.


Tonka was happy. Some of the guests visited him. They needed to be taught how to feed carrots to horses. He was an excellent instructor.


The kitchen is mostly back to clean, the guests are gone, and I’m back to horse work. This week I’ll be talking to the animal behavior club at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. I’m very excited to be talking with the students about horse ethology, behavior and training! I’m finishing up that presentation. After that I might be able to get back to this blog. Have a great week!

8 thoughts on “Pie Party Recap

  • Robin

    What a delicious spread! Really enjoy your blog. I’m not around horses but I enjoy learning more about how they and other animals think. It enriches our human lives so much when we understand the various ways in which animals view the world.

    • Terry Golson Post author

      Agreed! That’s why on my Resources page, I have listed books about everything from octopuses to trees (which do sense the world and respond to it, albeit in a different way.) Thanks for reading my blog!

  • Chickencarol

    I have been waiting to see if you would do a pie post. I always love seeing your pies. As usual they look and sound delicious. Shame I can’t taste them!

  • Gin

    As always your pies look awesome. It almost inspires me to bake a pie, but I’m afraid I’m one of those don’t cook unless I have to horse people. But I did bake a local grape cobbler for Thanksgiving. Lots of vineyards around here.
    Lucky Tonka getting to educate people on how to give treats.

  • Kim Walnes

    Oh Terry, how wonderful all this is! I would have loved to have been there and tried your vegan pies. Sound delicious! And giving the talk at Tufts…FABULOUS!!!!!! The ripples spread, thanks to you and Tonka…..

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