How do you get to know your neighbors? My go-to approach is to bring them a pie. Pie makes people happy and guarantees your neighbors will remember you. It also offers an opportunity to chat for a moment, which I find doesn't happen often enough. The one downside to bringing over pie? The pie plate.
The dilemma with the pie plate is that you want it to be disposable so you don't have to hunt it down later, or worse, donate a much-loved and more expensive ceramic or glass pan. But I find that the aluminum disposable ones you buy from the store don't bake the crust evenly, and since they're far from sturdy, heavier pies can't be reliably toted down the block. So what to do?
The Beekman 1802 Mercantile has a good solution: the Good Neighbor Pie Kit. Each kit contains 3 heavy-duty metal pie tins that are washable, reusable, handsome and sturdy. They sit comfortably inbetween those flimsy store-bought tins and your grandma's favorite metal pie plate. In addition, the kit includes 3 pie post cards that you can give along with your favorite pie.
If it cost $35, this would be another example of consumer marketing at its best. But the kit is $9.95 — not much more than the price of buying the three tins at the grocery store. And you get some sweet cards to accompany them!
Now the only thing left to do is decide which kind of pie to make next!
Buy It: The Good Neighbor Pie Kit, $9.95 at Beekman 1802 Mercantile
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