It's the first full day of fall. As weather in most places begins its slow slide into cooler and nippier temperatures, many of us think of pot pies as a supper treat.
National Great American Pot Pie Day is observed annually on September 23rd.
What is a pot pie? It's a baked savory pie with both a bottom and a flaky top crust is often served to a hungry bunch. Be it frozen, from a restaurant or home-made, it is sure to please those taste buds.
The filling of a pot pie varies from many different ingredients, some of which are beef, chicken, turkey, gravy, and seafood. Many vegetables like potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas are also popular choices.
A Pasty Tale.
I think the name "Pot Pie" must be a corruption of the term "portable pie". In the days of our ancestors, when journeys almost always went through mealtime and stop at an inn or tavern wasn't possible, many cultures developed a handy way of carrying food for the trip. There were sausages (meat in casings made of intestines). In Scotland people developed haggis (oatmeal stuffed sheep's stomach) Steak and beef tartare (raw but highly pickled meat) crossed the steppes in crockery jars. In northern Europe the pasty was developed. Yes, the Italian version is a calzone and the Meso-American version might be a burrito.
Michigan Pasty (Meat Hand Pie)
When Cornish miners migrated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the 1800's, they brought with them their beloved national dish: the pasty.The Finnish miners that followed adopted these meat pies as their own (easily transportable for long subterranean days!), and the pasty became such a large part of the regional culture that there's an annual pasty festival in early July. In this recipe, beef, rutabaga, carrots, onions and potatoes are essentially steamed within the crimped, D-shaped dough pocket that's slit to allow just enough steam to escape. Here's an easy recipe. For an even faster version use refrigerated premade pie crust.
Prep: 30 min
Cook: 1 hr 15 min
Yield: 6 servings
Very Quick version (or you can make the crust from scratch) Enough Pie crust for 6 8 inch circles.
8 ounces ground beef
4 ounces rutabaga, cut into 1/4-inch dice - or turnips
1 medium carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 small russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup picked fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, whisked
Ketchup, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together the beef, rutabaga, carrots, onions, potatoes and parsley. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to form the pies.
Pasties can be baked and then frozen. To reheat, place in a 300 degree F oven until warmed through, about 20 minutes.
Make 6 8 inch circles of the pie crust.
Evenly divide the filling (about 3/4 cup per pastie) on one half of each dough circle.
Fold the dough over to cover the mixture and crimp the edges using a fork. Slice 3 small slits on top of each pocket. This prevents steam from building up and splitting the dough.
Brush the pasties with the egg and bake on the prepared baking sheet until the crust is golden brown and flaky, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Serve with ketchup oir cream sauce
Raising a Writer
My children Ruth and Thom are grown with children of their own now. They were always around my computer as I wrote and they listened to some of the kid-appropriate stories I had written through the years. My daughter wrote a few unpublished stories. My son wrote online with friends through college and told me he had recently completed a short story.
Then ( heard a call go out for submissions to a Dreamtime Fantasy Tales anthology. I'd written a story for a dragon themed edition two years earlier and found the folks who edited, supportive and friendly so I suggested them to Thom. This edition was to feature independent women. We both submitted stories and on September 25, we'll both be published.
As I interview all authors who want an interview, here's my son's information.
Summary of Mobius:
Elise Desoto is a young physicist living in a world of abundant technology, and she has invented a machine that should not be able to work. As she makes plans to go on a risky journey to discover how her invention is possible and revolutionize the world, she is called in by the powerful Mobius Corporation to interview for a job. Through the events that follow, she discovers she is just a small part of something much larger and stranger than she could have imagined. She must decide whether to let “Project Mobius” continue, or stand in opposition.
I recalled what the Mobius recruiter, an older gentleman named Mr. Werner, had told me yesterday: ‘Elise Desoto. Dr. Schiller requests you for an interview at Mobius at 6:30 in the morning tomorrow, December 21st, 2012 for the position of head physicist once you finish your research. Your student loans will be absorbed if you accept the position, and you will be paid five thousand dollars for showing up even if you do not accept.’
His offer was unbelievable. Anyone would accept it even if they just showed up and left, but it also made me incredibly suspicious. I wasn’t worthy of that job… yet. I was working on something revolutionary which would make me the best candidate, but I had been very tight-lipped about it.
My invention and the subject of my research was more like Sci-Fi or magic than something you’d see in the real world. An instant, one-way portal to anywhere that I called a Translocator. It would usher in the next era of humanity. I invented it and I knew it worked, but I hadn’t gone public because I couldn’t explain why yet. Has Mobius found out? How?
They must know something if Doctor Rosalyn Schiller herself wants to interview me. She wasn’t just a scientist or corporate leader, she was the scientist and corporate leader. She had been reading books and solving math problems before she could walk. Mobius, my school – New Babylon University, the whole city of New Babylon, and even the new state of Delmarva grew here around the farm where she was born in what used to be Delaware. She was that important. I felt a bit intimidated, but my curiosity about what they knew and my eagerness to work at a place like Mobius outweighed it.
I straightened my gray suit coat and skirt again, hoping she or someone from Mobius would come soon.
Twenty Facts about Mobius
The story centers around a girl named Elise, the Mobius Corporation, and its CEO, Doctor Rosalyn Schiller.
The Mobius Corporation is the biggest and most influential technology company in the world, and are responsible for most of the technological advances of the second half of the 20th century.
The story takes place at the Mobius Corporation headquarters in the fictional city of New Babylon, Delmarva – a super-state formed from Delaware, Eastern Maryland, and a tiny part of Virginia.The Mobius Corporation was powerful enough to have a new state formed around its headquarters.
The story takes place in a 2012 that’s very different from the one we lived.Anti-gravity, speed-grown forests, and wrist-mounted holographic-screened phones are commonplace.
The story specifically takes place on December 21st, 2012 – the end of the last Mayan calendar cycle which some people thought to be the end of the world.
Elise, the main character, is working on earning a Doctorate in Dimensional Physics at New Babylon University.
Elise also works a part-time job in a sandwich shop to support her ailing Mother.
Elise and her mother escaped from her father when they were young.He was not a good man.
Elise’s Mother had the help of her friend Rose, who Elise called “Auntie” to raise Elise until she was ten.
The world in the story is focused on the Mobius Girls, a group of almost fifty women who are extremely powerful and influential.All of them were born on or around the day that the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
The story involves a unique type of time travel.
When you time travel in this world it can only be to the past.
Only your thoughts and memories can survive time travel, and everything in the universe gets re-set to your destination.There is no multiverse and there are no alternate timelines.You change the whole of reality.
Only time travelers retain memories of time that was unwritten.
Regardless of changes to events or how unlikely, the time traveler will still be born in the world changed by their travels.
The basis of the story was a dream the author had in 2008.The story has gone through many incarnations and re-writes since then to reach its final form.
The original story involved enemies chasing each other through time, but the story evolved to be more focused on the ethical implications of time travel.
Several of the versions of the story have become smaller elements mentioned in the final version.
From the Story:
Also from the story:“When we send something into the Translocator, it leaves the universe and comes back in at any point.”
Mobius Character Interview – Elise Desoto
Go ahead and introduce yourself
I’m Elise Desoto, but most people call me Ellie. I’m a student at New Babylon University in Delmarva. I’m working on a Ph.D in Dimensional Physics. I know, I look a bit young for that – I am, I‘m only 23 – but my research will rock the field once I finish it.
Tell us where and when you were born:
1989, over in Japan. I’m an American through my father, though.
How would you describe yourself
I’m an absolute physics geek. I love to study how the world works and know all of the principles behind it. I don’t have any other hobbies really. All my spare time goes into my research, that’s one of the reasons I’m so far ahead. I don’t even have much of that – my mother is sick and can’t work, so I work a part-time job too.
Tell us about where you grew up
I was in Tokyo until I was five, but then I came to New Babylon here in Delmarva. That’s the new state that Mobius lobbied to have formed from Delaware, Eastern Maryland, and a tiny part of Virginia. Everything in the city is centered around Mobius and the Mobius building. It’s the tallest in the skyline. It’s hard to believe it was just farmland sixty years ago, but I guess that just proves how quickly Mobius moves.
Did you have a happy childhood?Why or why not?
It was rough living in Tokyo with my father. That’s all I have to say about that. Things were better once my mother and I came to New Babylon. My Auntie Rose helped us get here. She isn’t really my aunt – just my mom’s friend – but I still call her that. She helped raise me and she really helped me get so far ahead in school. I haven’t seen her in years, though. She went off to do some kind of humanitarian work in the Middle East. We still talk a lot on e-mail, though.
Past/Present Relationships?How to they affect you?
Like, dating? I haven’t had time for that. There are some cute undergrads that work for me on my project, but no. I need to stay focused until I get done with this research.
What do you value above all else in life?
Helping others. I love to see their happiness. My research is all about that. If this breakthrough happens from my research, people will save time, be more connected, and we can really start exploring much further beyond this world too. There’s something for everyone to like out of it.
How do your beliefs make life better for you and the people you care about?
My beliefs? Like religion? I don’t really practice anything. Oh, you mean like philosophy. Well, I guess I believe the good of the many outweighs the good of the few, as textbook as that might sound. I guess that comes out of me wanting to help people. I would never force someone to do something or not do something unless they were being really bad.
What line would you never cross:
I’d never get in a fight with someone – a physical one, I mean. I can sure argue, but I draw the line at hitting, unless I have to defend myself. No one deserves to be beaten.
What is one word you would use to define yourself?
Determined. I don’t give up on a project. Even though I’m on working on my thesis, I have had so many setbacks in this project, but I won’t give up or back down.
Who do you idolize or look up to?
Doctor Schiller, the head of Mobius, definitely. She has done so much and helped so many people in her life. She’s the most prominent scientist and CEO out there. Was there any question there, really? I mean, I live in New Babylon and I’m a woman who likes science – who else would I look up to?
What’s the best thing to ever happen to you?The worst?
The discovery about anti- gravity that I made that started my research in Dimensional Physics. I won’t get into it now – it’s far too complex – but it can do a lot more than just make things float. As for the worst thing? Probably Mama getting sick. Let’s talk about something else.
What is your current goal?
To finish my research and get a job a Mobius. They’d probably hire me now as their head physicist if they knew what I was researching. I need that job, though. Student loans aren’t a joke these days, even here in New Babylon. I’m sure Mobius will want me once I finish my research. I just have to keep it quiet until I’m done. I can’t have anyone stealing it.
Author Bio: Thomas Woldering
Thomas is an engineer by profession with experience across multiple fields including computer engineering, process/quality improvement, and project engineering. When he’s not writing technical procedures and flowcharting processes, he writes fiction and follows many hobbies like sewing, leatherwork, board and computer games, and even home renovation. He has been a life-long fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He started writing longer stories in high school, beginning with fan fiction for the various book series and shows which he followed. Since then, he has written several novel length fanfiction stories, albeit unpublished, and edited several novels for his mother, Mary Woldering. Mobius will be his first story to be officially published. He is a loving husband to his wife Romelyne, and they are raising a growing family. They currently have one daughter, Seraphima.
Author Questions for Interview
What made you want to be a writer?
Nothing specific. I’ve always had a strong imagination and I’ve had stories I’ve wanted to tell since I was in grade school.
How important is it to read books as an author?
I think it’s very important to give you experience, expectations, and perspective… which is probably why I should do it more. Sitting down with a book is a rare experience for me these days.
Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t know if it was the true first, but the first I remember is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.
What book are you reading now?
The revised edition of Children of Stone: Voices in Crystal, but I am also editing it. I think it still counts.
How did you come up with the idea for your story and title?
I had a dream in college about a woman who traveled back in time and grew up alongside her own mother. The idea went through a lot of changes and iterations from that point to get to where it is, but that was the start. I took a lot of influence from the show Quantum Leap as well. The name, of course, comes from a Mobius strip and alludes to the cyclical nature what has been happening leading up to the story.
Which character do you identify the most with?
The main character Elise is written with my opinions and view of the events presented to her in the story. Her foil, Doctor Schiller, represents someone who started like Elise but found a way to “cheat” and just kept doing it because no one called them on it.
Do you need specific goodies on your desk or a certain atmosphere to write?
No, this is writing and not an Eldritch incantation. I just need it to be relatively distraction free.
Who do you trust to read your stories before they are published?
Just family and close friends.
Is there a message you’d like to send through your story?
I think the message of the story is that you can’t get into a pattern of doing the same things over and over again just because they work, especially if they are ethically questionable. You have to stand up for understanding why things work the way they do, and for doing them the right way – or the way that harms the least people.
If the story was a movie, who would play the lead?
I haven’t decided on that. I’m a bit pigeon-holed since I would need a half-Japanese actress. I don’t know of many actresses who fit that bill. If I changed the actress to another race/culture, then I could see Zendaya playing her. I don’t really watch enough new movies with young actresses to know who has put in a lot of good performances recently.
Is there one person past or present you’d like to meet?
Leonard Nimoy. I actually had a chance to go to a talk of his before he passed away and I missed getting tickets. I know it’s more of a sci-fi geek thing than a writer thing, but it just would have been nice to hear him give a talk and see more about him than what was in the movies.
Do you have any hobbies?
More than I have time to maintain: Sewing, leatherwork, home renovation, small engine and motorcycle repair, 3D artwork, video game modification, role-playing games, piano, and singing.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Anything by Marvel and most Sci-Fi franchises. I’m currently watching through Stranger Things.
Udon noodle soup, but that really depends on the restaurant. There are places I know about that make it well.
How do we contact you or find your stories?
I don’t really have much of an online presence since this is my first published story, but my Amazon Author page is: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Woldering/e/B07Y28MCMV My story will be in the Dreamtime Damsels and Fatal Femmes Anthology.
Want some fun and a chance at a new and revised PRINT copy of the much improved Voices in Crystal? Go to this event the afternoon of September 30 and see what you have to do. Remember to sign up as "going". It you are an author we still have 2 half hour spots as of this moment! The link?
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One Ghost Four Graves, a Halloween Anthology
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Ribbons (The Starblood Series Book 4) Kindle Edition 9/13/19https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WMN7LX6/
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Dying to be Innocent (Dai and Julia Mysteries Book 9) Kindle Edition 9-14-19 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X9HZ8VZ/
Greed (Surviving The Sins Book 8) Kindle Edition 9-16-19 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TBZHNCT/
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