#3 in the Poetry Potluck Series, celebrating National Poetry Month 2012.
Ahoy Mateys! Avast!
Isn’t it always the way? You throw a party and a plucky poetic pirate slithers ashore to stir things up. Award-winning D.C. area author Mary Quattlebaum and her husband Christopher David sure know how to make an entrance. Mary claims she dresses up like a buccaneer only for bookstore events and school visits, but we know better. Look at that pirate-y sneer. It’s in the blood for sure.☺
Ever wonder what pirates eat? Mary’s prized booty includes a poem about her favorite grog and — *wait for it*— Pirate Pie! I’d sail the high seas for ye, me crusty beauty. Arrrrrrr!
Mary: Hot cocoa ranks up there with hot tea as my beverage of choice. I can drink it all year long! My mom always made it just as the poem describes, and I continue that tradition even though there are many “just add water” brands available today. And because I grew up in a family of seven kids, when Mom made cocoa, it was always like a party.
RECIPE FOR A PARTY
by Mary Quattlebaum
Take one pan, shiny
as the moon.
Stir in milk
with a silver spoon.
Add some cocoa
dark and sweet.
Blend it over
Soon steam will rise
and quickly send
to each friend,
who sniffs and smiles.
When you hear knocks,
put out mugs.
~ from Winter Friends, copyright © 2005 Mary Quattlebaum, published by Random House. All rights reserved.
When I visit schools, I often dress as a “book buccaneer” when I share my picture book Pirate vs. Pirate. Pirates of old ate a lot of (yucky) hardtack, but when kids ask what, as a pirate, I really like to eat, I tell them that my favorite foods all begin (coincidentally!) with the letter ‘p’: popcorn, peanut butter, peaches, and pie.
This Pirate Pie recipe is for my very favorite kind of pie. An apple pie with an arrr-some blend of fresh apples, sour cream, and streusel topping. My best friend from college shared it with me about 25 years ago and I think of her whenever I bake it.
PIRATE PIE (aka Lisa’s Pie)
2 homemade or frozen 8 or 9-inch pie crusts (I use frozen)
8 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1-2/3 cups sour cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup cooked Quakers Old-Fashioned Oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup butter (room temperature or slightly melted)
Mix all topping ingredients. Should form large clumps.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Combine filling ingredients. Spoon into pie crusts. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and continue baking until filling is slightly brown and puffed (about 40 minutes). Spoon topping over pie and bake another 15 minutes.
Mary Quattlebaum loved playing pirates, reading ghost stories, and fishing in the family pond when she was a kid. And pirates, ghosts, and a pond are all featured in her new picture books Pirate vs. Pirate, Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond, and The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans. Mary’s earliest memory is of her father reciting nursery rhymes to her and her six siblings when they were little, and one of her favorite books remains a childhood Christmas gift, The Golden Treasury of Poetry, edited by Louis Untermeyer.
Mary is the author of 19 children’s picture books, books of poetry, and novels, and a popular presenter at schools and conferences. Her books have received awards including the Marguerite de Angeli Prize, Parenting Reading Magic Award, NAPPA gold medal, and Bank Street Best Book and been selected for numerous state Children’s Choice lists.
Mary teaches in the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and regularly reviews children’s books for the Washington Post, Washington Parent, and online for the National Wildlife Federation. She lives in Washington, DC, with her family, dog, and guinea pigs. www.maryquattlebaum.com
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