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Juan

messy_kitchencontinued from Lydia’s Pie…

Lydia’s first look at the pie kitchen inside the Piled High Diner shocked the air out of her lungs so fast she felt her lips backfire.  A kitchen with a blur of unsuitable utensils begged her to make sense of irregularly sized pie pans, aluminum foil tins – unworthy stock in any kitchen – broken spatulas, and plastic bowls – none of which fit the outdated mixers.  Sure, there were pie tins to choose from if she didn’t mind erratic diameters and heights.  Staring through a stash of bake-ware, not one brand name stepped forward.

Turning toward the pantry she swung open the doors to an afterlife of generic foods, the 2 for $5 peanut butters not even smooth but crunchy, slabs of lard definitely not dairy, chocolate nibs missing their cacao, and key lime from a bottle.  Struggling for air, she felt her chest fill with concrete.  How could she bake 100 pies with substandard tools and ingredients?  How could she keep her promise to Maggie?

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Lydia’s Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie

By the time Lydia arrived at the Piled High Diner in Arlington Texas, she had driven 1800 miles, consumed her road stash of pretzels and chips and was ready for a meal.  She stepped out of her car, her home for the last 48 hours, rumpled her matted locks into big hair and walked inside. The jukebox played ‘Crazy’ and the half dozen patrons – all cowboys – gave 27 year old Lydia an approving nod as she sat down at an empty booth.

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