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Baking up friendships

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Kasey Kelso Phipps, Holly Hazlett, Susan Patt,

Neighbors Kasey Kelso Phipps, Holly Hazlett and Susan Patt (pictured, from left) baked pies together for Thanksgiving. 

During the pandemic, neighbors Kasey Kelso Phipps, Holly Hazlett and Susan Patt (pictured, from left) started gathering for weekly outdoor happy hours. Kasey mentioned that although she typically bakes a pie for the holidays, she had planned to skip it this year. She shared the story behind her apple pie recipe: In November 2009, The Buzz featured Karen Edelman’s annual “Pie Day,” where she shows friends how to make their own pies. As part of this article, Karen hosted a special Pie Day session. Kasey participated and, at the time, was a novice. She has since become an expert. After talking about it, she and her two friends decided to have their own Pie Day in 2020. They gathered over two nights to prepare the pies, enjoying lots of laughs.

In addition, Karen continued her Pie Day this year – virtually. Sixty participants joined from all over the country. Husband Mark handled the Pie Cam, and daughter Anya answered bakers’ questions. Kasey, Holly and Susan plan to make their Pie Day a tradition, and Karen’s virtual pie participants have requested more sessions. “It’s really sweet that Karen’s recipe brought everyone together,” Kasey said. Read the 2009 story, including Karen’s popular recipe, here.

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