Puget Sound English Department

June 3, 2009

Alum Bakes Pies, Writes Poetry

Filed under: Activities off Campus,Alumni News,Employment — O. @ 12:03 am


Jenny Christensen, who graduated from Puget Sound in 1993, operates “Pies By Jenny” and has written us to describe the company this way (with sample menus!):

Pies By Jenny is a tiny pie company that honors the seasonal beauty of sustainable produce and protein. My canvas, in terms of art, is stepping up to the plate of our local farmers’ labor and love with delicious sweet and savory pies utilizing product from local farmers’ hard won wares.  I sell my pies at the U-District farmers’ market in Seattle every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
My menu last Saturday was the following:
Savory –
Organic Goat, Dandelion Green and Baby Carrot
Organic Chicken, Porcini and braised Leek
Organic Pork, Morels and Nettles
Organic Beef, Bok Choy, Local Bamboo and Lemongrass
Pea Vine, Wood Sorrel and Local Chevre (vegetarian)
Organic Chicken, Pea Vine and Market Herb

Rhubarb, Ginger and Cardamom (lattice work)
Triple Cheese Custard with Organic Raspberries (Pastry leaf work)
Lavender and Local Hazelnut Baklava (pastry leaf work)
Beehive Pie with Rockridge Orchards Honey (well, it looks like a pastry beehive cream puff….)
Rhubarb, Ginger and Cardamom Turnovers

Each pie generally represents at least three farmers represented at the local farmers markets. The superior crust is organic with the exception of pastry flour – can’t find a delicate organic pastry flour though I have tested many. A large percentage of the menu changes weekly to reflect nature and what is seasonally current at the farmers’ market.”

So if you’re in the U-District Farmers’ Market, check out “Pies by Jenny.”  And Jenny still finds time to write poetry, too, so ask her about that.

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