Other pie/apron projects: January Pie: Lemon Meringue, February Pie: Milk Chocolate Pudding, March Pie: Thin Mint Grasshopper, Recipe-A-Day Week Vol. IV Day 7: Quakertown Crumb Pie (April).

Holy fruit season, Batman. This was so good, I’m still a little thunderstruck.

I had a strawberry allergy as a kid, so I never ate strawberries and eventually lost a taste for them. I kind of haphazardly avoid them, thinking they’re too tart on their own, too syrupy and unpleasant in dishes. But Adam loves them, and I knew I wanted to make a strawberry pie as part of my pie-a-month project this year. And I was going to make it next month (I’d read June is strawberry season), but the local farms and markets nearby already have a bumper crop of gorgeous looking fruit. So since it’s Memorial Day Weekend, I broke down and bought 2 bushels of pesticide-free, glorious looking strawberries and made the pie for our cookout today.

I used a recipe from The Neelys for the pie, which was so easy I cannot stand how many fruit pie variations I will be making this summer. I suddenly understand pie in the summer. And the half cafe apron is something I just whipped up in less than an hour with some fun red Michael Miller polka dots.

For the pie:
2 sheets roll-out pie crust (I used Martha’s trusty Pate Brisee recipe)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
White sanding sugar, for top of crust
2 bushels of strawberries (enough for 5 cups when hulled and halved)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch salt
Sanding sugar, for dusting

For the apron:
1/2 yard print for body of apron
1 package (3 yds) of 7/8″ double fold bias tape for the straps/waistband

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