"Pecan pie is passed down from generation to generation in my town, starting with great great grandmother to my grandmother to my aunt to mother to my wife and someday to my children, Pecan pie has been a popular one in my town. My grandma takes it to the Butler County fair every single year, and she usually wins the blue ribbon.
If not, she usually wins for another pie that was passed down from another generation–something like strawberry-rhubarb pie, or apple pie, sometimes variations may include blackberry, blueberry-raspberry pies. But for the most part, it’s pies like pecan pie. This is a small town known as Trenton, Ohio. Love it. It’s small. It’s wonderful. It’s a great place to raise a family and to pass down recipes from generation to generation."
This story was collected in conjunction with the national traveling exhibition "Key Ingredients: America by Food" by the Museum on Main Street program at the Smithsonian Institution. It is part of the "Be Here: Main Street" collection, intended to capture Americans' stories about their neighborhoods, waterways, towns, traditions, and personal experiences.