We travel through the entire state of Oklahoma to visit relatives in Kansas.
We stop mid way for lunch in Guthrie.
Guthrie is a charming old town filled with Antique Shops, Cafes, a Tea Room and our favorite discovery, Katie's Diner. Katie was the daughter of the original owners.
The owners, Aileen and Von are the nicest people and that's one of the reasons that Katie's Diner is always busy and the food is always great.
The menu is down home cookin' and the atmosphere is as American as Apple Pie!
Kaycee is on the wait staff and she's always there when we go and that's only twice a year for us, so she's established, always in a good mood and can handle a crowd!
Several years ago we discovered the diner and there was a sign on the wall behind the register that advertised Crack Pie as one of the Pie choices.
We ordered it and it is so good, you leave wanting more...... hence the name I suppose.
I asked Aileen if she would share the recipe and she told us that she found the recipe in an issue of Bon Appetit Magazine and the pastry chef that created it was named Christina Tosi from New York City.
When I returned home I did my research and found out the story behind the pie and the baker!
Christina Tosi has become one of my favorite, up and coming, pastry chefs in America.
She is part of the staff that opened Momofuku Milk Bar in 2004 and her creations are innovative and far out!
She wrote and published her first book in 2011. It's titled:( MILK, Momofuku Milk Bar)
The recipes are like no others, original, contemporary and Christina has concepts about pastry and baking like no other chef I have ever read about.
The next time we passed through Guthrie and ate at the diner, we bought an entire Crack Pie and took it to Kansas. Needless to say it was a hit.
On our way back to Texas, we stopped again and had lunch, talked about Crack Pie. I told Aileen I thought she should buy a pie case to highlight all of her incredible pies, and especially Crack Pie. She told me that pie cases are expensive and space was limited. I gave her some money and told her to save up for a pie case.
The next time we went back to the diner ......... Aileen and Von had a Pie Case!
We recently stopped at Katie's Diner and I told Aileen about my blog and asked her permission to tell the story about how we discovered a New York City baker's incredible Crack Pie in an incredible Diner in Guthrie, Oklahoma!
Thank you to Aileen, Von and Kaycee for doing what you do and doing it well.
We will always stop at Katie's Diner as long as we travel from Texas to Kansas!