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Tahoe dining: Make some American pies during July 4 season

TAHOE/TRUCKEE — Diana Williams is a real woman. No, make that more of a Wonder Woman minus the fancy cuffs. Let's review her statistics: Stunningly gorgeous, owns a service station and food mart (that shiny Chevron, right at the east end of Donner Lake) and she bakes a killer pie.

She is also a wife and mother, but I am too overwhelmed by the thought of coveralls by day and baker's apron by night to wrap my head around those additional responsibilities. I mean, I am thrilled if my socks for the day are the same thickness.

When I first walked into her Chevron station hot on the heals of a pie tip, Diana did not want to be a part of this column. It took the urgings of her daughter Ashley (“Come on Mom, wear your white top!”) and an employee (“Her pies are unreal!”) to sway her.

In the end, Diana did take a break from ordering our Fourth of July gas supply and agreed to not only share the recipe, but also prepare her special occasion Strawberry Rhubarb pie on a non-holiday Monday. Well, I was celebrating…

Simone Grandmain
Special to the Bonanza


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