MASSACHUSETTS - Pie #21 of 50 - Matthew McInerney
State Berry: Cranberry
State Muffin: Corn Muffin
State Bean: Baked Navy Bean
State Dessert: Boston Cream Pie
State Doughnut: Boston Cream Doughnut
I have been to Massachusetts! The first time I ever went was when I was at summer camp at Yale & we were doing college visits to Harvard to compare and contrast. I had a real Rory Gilmore moment. Both my sisters went to college in Boston! Stasia at Emerson and Seraphina is currently at North Eastern.
The Fong sisters love New England.
Massachusetts is home to the first public park in America, the Boston Commons 1634. Plymouth was also the the site of the first thanksgiving! 1621! One of my most favorite American holidays! Green bean casserole is everything. Massachusetts also makes me think of SPORTS!!!! From The Patriots, The Celtics, The Red Sox, to the Bruins. All my friends have ingrained the love of sports New England sports (thanks Viri and Mark Smarts for all the Tom Brady facts I know).
The state dessert is the Boston Cream Pie. So it isn't actually a pie but a cake so I did my pie-pretation of it! It's a chocolate fudge and vanilla custard swirl pie with homemade pound cake sprinkled on to with a chocolate drizzle.
This pie is for one of my bestest buds Matthew McInerney. Matt grew up in western mass in a town called Deerfield. Our friendship is based on us drinking and scream singing songs at each other. I had the honor of being one of the groomsman at his recent wedding to my heart's song Suzy! I delivered the pie to Matt at our woodland vacation away last weekend where he got to share the pie with his brother Mark widely known as "Mark Smart" and his childhood friend Jack Strong. Jack makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had.
Massachusetts has blessed me with many great friendships! This pie is also dedicated to Jared Zeizel (LPS) from Newton, MA, Nikhil Mehta (you is kind, you is smart, you is important) from Sudbury, MA and Vytenis Krukonis (the best Lithuanian I know and I know a bunch) from Milton, MA.
Massachusetts you truly are the spirit of America.