"I've been around my mother's pie baking since I was born. I'm not sure when I became an active participant, but I started making them wholly on my own, when I was a teenager. My mother taught me how to make pie. She learned from my great-grandmother. She still uses her rolling pin. I've tried everything to get her to give it to me."
Special Recognition - Jessica has won 2 second place ribbons at the Orange County fair, both for double crust peach pies ( just like the one pictured here).
Jessica's Tips & Tricks for Successful Pie Making: (Regarding pie crust dough) "Crunch time is when the water goes in. Don't let it get warm, and don't overwork it. Expect to throw away a bunch of crusts before you get the hang of it. Don't get stressed when you mess up, just toss it and start over."
Jessica's Favorite "Go To" Ingredient - "Corn starch! It's a great thickening agent, and it has less flavor than flour."