Saturday, November 24, 2018

Yes, you can have applie pie for breakfast

It's what's for breakfast.
A few years ago I calmly explained to Goodwyfe, speaking slowly and loudly, that apple pie is a traditional New England breakfast.

A "discussion" ensued and it turned out that I was right. As usual.

I was reminded of that pleasant time when I came across a post on a blog I check every day, Maggie's Farm.
What's for breakfast?

In Yankeeland, it's Apple Pie. Certainly after Thanksgiving, when there are always a few leftover pies, Squash, and Apple. Mrs. BD makes one heck of a good pie crust.

Apple Pie gives you the morning energy to go out in the cold to milk the chickens, feed the cows, and to get to the gym as I did this morning.

I've seen this in the past, but captured it from Salt Water New England:

To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.

- Attributed to E.B. White, but he might have quoted it from elsewhere.
Well, there you go.

And then there's this from the authoritative sounding The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Sounds authoritative to me.
Apple pies have been eaten not only as a dessert. In the nineteenth century, apple pie was also a common breakfast food among Yankees and people in rural communities, prompting Ralph Waldo Emerson’s alleged comment, “Well, what is pie for?
Thanks, Ralph.

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