It's 4th of July tradition that my sisters and I each compete in a pie making contest with our parents (who are way too partial to offer any real criticism) as judges, rating the pies according to crust, filling and overall presentation.
I always choke on the overwhelming what-to-make decision, because the possibilities are endless:
mint chocolate pie.
traditional, can't-go-wrong with apple pie.
lemon meringue pie.
chocolate cream pie.
peach. my favorite and a past winner. but you really aren't supposed to repeat.
top with chocolate cinnamon whipped cream.
key lime pie.
my blackberry cobbler. a recipe i've been trying to perfect lately.
sweet potato pie.
lemon buttermilk pie. i think i attempted this before and failed.
(Call it cheating if you must, but I always get the pre-made pie crust instead of making it from scratch as it is always far superior to anything I attempt. Seriously, really good pie crust in an art form unto itself).
Hopefully my 4th will also include a national anthem, a rootbeer float, sparklers, fried okra and a Bruce Springsteen background.