Why She Baked That Pie

| 8/18/2015 12:47:00 PM

Connie MooreWhen Jennifer Wendling’s daughter, Addy, prepared for the Clark County Fair here in Ohio last year, Jennifer supported her and a natural thing happened. If you’ve ever been around the teens who participate in 4-H and FFA projects out at the fair, you know how high their enthusiasm goes.

It is that enthusiasm and positive attitude of Addy’s that rubbed off on her mom and, of course, we all know where that leads. Jennifer came down with a case of fair fever. This year while helping Addy prepare for the fair, Jennifer absorbed more of that enthusiasm. She wanted to participate too. While open class entry deadline was past, Jennifer read the fair book and found she could enter PIE DAY on Tuesday.

Jennifer was about 15 when she baked her first pie in home economics class. She’s baked many since then for family and friends. Tuesday’s contest required the pie to have a lard crust. So, in order to get it right, Jennifer picked up lard at Copey’s Butcher Shop in Medway, checked her stash of Tombstone peaches purchased when the Peach Tree Truck came through our area, and spent the evening before the contest baking a pie to test her usual recipe using lard. She was not satisfied with the results. Did that deter her? Nope.

Jennifer's Peach Pie 

Tuesday morning found her baking two different recipes of pastry. Baking two pies and two pans of scraps to taste test, Jennifer just kept building her enthusiasm and excitement for the whole venture.

By the time she got herself and her best pie to the check-in table, she admits she was a bundle of nerves. She said she just couldn’t understand it. In her job as a respiratory manager at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio, she meets and deals with people and patients all the time.