When I was young, my dad usually kept his cooking to a minimum. However, when I began my culinary career as an adult, his passion for cooking started to flourish. Our long-distance phone calls now turn into conversations about what we prepared for dinner that week or a new hors d'oeuvre he's excited to make for the next family gathering. Holiday dinners have gone from turkey and stuffing to eight-course seafood feasts with my father at the helm.
Dad has more of a meat tooth than a sweet tooth, but this sour cherry pie remains one of his all-time favourites. I now make it every year for his birthday. The small cherry tree in his backyard yields enough for only one pie and perhaps a few small tarts, making this pie a rare treat. – Amanda Barnier