wo Dominican Sisters of Mary, Sr. Rene Noel and Sr. Mary Avila of Heaven’s Kitchen take on this often overlooked opportunity to share with those loved ones the love, that only a perfectly baked pie could palatably articulate!
Welcome! Are you tired of not knowing what to cook on Epiphany? Are you tired of not knowing what Epiphany is? Well, you’ve come to the right place; wipe away those burnt Christmas-cookie tears and save that Easter lamb from another one-star review. Let us, help you, bake-away the mystery of liturgical cooking. Welcome to Heaven’s Kitchen; where we not only help you develop your better sense of taste, but we help you increase your faith; because it’s time all of us help each other obtain Heavenly greatness. So on your road to culinary holiness, make sure to stop by our kitchen and learn how to bake food for the soul. So that your meals taste straight from Heaven’s Kitchen!
Hello and welcome to Heaven’s Kitchen the newest podcast series at GoLEDigital.org. I am Sr. Mary Avila, and this is my co-host Sr. Rene Noel and for this podcast we’re going to give you a little glimpse into our traditions and how our liturgical life comes through our cooking. Of course, in the convent, everything brings us back to Jesus and everything leads us back to him. Even our food! Not to mention we are Dominicans and if you don’t know St. Dominic actually founded the Dominican order against the Albigensian heresy, which basically said that the body was evil; So, we love to remember that when we have a really good meal. We’re like, “well take that Albigensian heresy, the word became flesh, the word became flesh!”
Today we’re going to be talking about how to make the perfect apple pie. And you can listen to this podcast tonight, or tomorrow or whenever, that’s not our business. I guess that’s the beauty of the internet. You can listen to it anytime you want. So whenever you’re listening (or reading – for those serious intellectuals) to this at this moment, we have both a video and a podcast component of this wonderful CultureCast segment on GoLEDigital.org. So if you are listening to the podcast right now you’ll be listening to us kind of talking about the beauty of apple pie and we will be reminding you throughout the show to go visit our visual component of us preparing this gorgeous pie which is available at GoLEDigital.org and there we will take you back to the Motherhouse and actually show you how to make it so you will be watching us in our Convent kitchen making the perfect apple pie.
So Sister, why did we choose apple pie? We could have done anything. Why did we choose apple pie? You know when we were originally thinking of this podcast we were thinking of things that were maybe liturgically connected or had to do with a certain season. But with this one we kind of branched out. Apple pie is really a universal tradition. My grandma actually was an amazing pie maker because she and my grandfather had an orchard. So, my mom grew up on an orchard they had pears and apples and cherries and peaches. So, in other words a lot of Pies, um, yes and every time I would go visit my grandma up in Washington state, we would bake together; black berry pies or apple pies or whatever kind of pie was in season at the time. This connection, we all have to baking, is very similar to what living a liturgical life means – it connects us to that rhythm of life that keeps us rooted in the family of Christ; And so apple pie kind of reminds us of that. We all have traditions in our families and it’s important to go back to those to remember kind of where you’re from and remember those things that remind you of what you’ve experienced and who you are and the same is true in our faith. Every time when the Israelites were going through the desert God had to keep reminding them of who they are and what He had done in their lives. It’s remembering that helps us know that God loves us and remembering the things He has done in our life.
Similarly, with apple pie, we remember those traditions and remembering the love that I got to share with my Grandma; She’s since passed away. Remembering those moments really helped me stay rooted to her and also in the communion of saints; I feel there is a part of her that is with me whenever I make a pie. Additionally, my mom of course is not here in Michigan in the convent with me. She is in Arizona. So, baking is a way for me to feel connected to her around Thanksgiving, Christmas or special feast days. She is probably making a pie and so am I and when we do we are together in the kitchen. Similarly, when I am in front of the Eucharist and she is as well – we are united together wherever in the world we may be and it is these rhythms of life that keep us all connected to the body of Christ!
When there is apple pie, everyone definitely comes together so without further ado we would like to introduce our special guest: the perfect Apple Pie. Everyone has the special version that they like to go to and this is the version that my mom taught me (with some of my own little variation to it); And this is the one I still cook for all sorts of liturgical feast days and holiday get togethers here at the Motherhouse! Let’s get right to it.
To view this show in its entirety, click here or in the above YouTube player and to listen to the audio podcast click in the above podcast player. The entire recipe cards for this dish are listed throughout this article and can be found in the video component to this article. God bless you and your families! Make sure to like and subscribe to our: YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. See you next time here on Heaven’s Kitchen!