Rhubarb Custard Pie
Back when Meagan and Pete Alvarado were living in Madison, Wisconsin, Meagan fought homesickness for her native Traverse City by mastering the art of pie making. Her mentor was her mother, Mary Ann Warner, who taught her using a piecrust recipe passed down from her grandmother—Meagan’s great-grandmother. By the time the Alvarados moved back to Traverse City (where Meagan sells real estate for Century 21 Northland and Pete is a doctor at the Thirlby Clinic), Meagan had turned pie making into an all-out hobby, combining the family piecrust recipe with local fruits and berries, which she bakes into pies in season and then freezes for winter pies. “I’m like a squirrel,” she says, laughing. —E.E.