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Gearing up for pie contest season

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Doing my homework and getting ready for upcoming pie contest(s) in Portland and the oregon state fair. Got bit by the contest bug last year and entered the state contest in 2009, my first crack at this.  I thought for sure it would be a clean sweep but no ribbon did I take home.  I've cooked and baked all my life and I'm damn good so you can imagine my disquite when I did not win!  I am in a new phase of my cooking life and now exploring cooking for prize and money just for fun of course.  But need an outlet for my creative force since my friends and family are all watching their BMI's and A1C's.  The dawned age of the low carb diet has really gobbed my way of exhibiting my baking prowess and love.