The idea of a peanut butter pie first entered my psyche when I watched The Joy Luck Club. It was sometime in the mid 90s, and I watched it perched on the bottom of the stairs, behind my mom’s back, because I was supposed to be in bed.

Two of the characters, a mother and a daughter, are discussing the ingredients for peanut butter pie, which the daughter is making for her ex-husband. It’s a beautiful human moment that says so much about relationships and cultural intersections, portrayed through the making of this humble pie with very American ingredients.

That blip of a scene in the movie may have been the beginning of my lifelong tendency to daydream about desserts.

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