My mother in-law made exquisite pies. She’s slowed down her baking over the past few years, but she never missed the mark with her flaky, lard based pie crusts and fruit fillings. They had apple and peach trees in their yard, and made certain to load up on summer berries to stock the freezer. There was always a fruit pie for dessert when I visited. I had my first raspberry pie at their house as a newlywed…so wonderful with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But pie crusts have been my nemesis and I much prefer making a crisp or cobbler.