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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hemlock Inn Strawberry Pie

The Hemlock Inn in Bryson City, North Carolina is know for it's home cooking served family style at big round tables with Lazy Susans.  No TVs, no phones, no AC, just some seriously good food, friendly , wholesome atmosphere. I've spent many happy family occasions there over the years. They published a cookbook a while back and I've used their Strawberry Pie recipe too many times to count. My son and I had an agreement, when he played Little League, if he hit a home run, I'd make him a strawberry pie.  There were a lot of home runs and a lot of love in those pies. A quick and easy classic.

Bake a pie shell according to directions. Let cool. Slice 1 pint strawberries and put in cooled pie shell.

In a large sauce pan combine 1 cup sugar, 3 heaping tablespoons of strawberry jello, 3 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 cup very warm water. Cook over medium high heat until mixture is thick but pourable. Pour over sliced strawberries in pie shell. Chill in refrigerator until firm. Top with Coolwhip.


  1. So when are you making Strawberry pie again?

    1. Your brother was the one who had the home run pie deal.
      I'll make one for you any time.