Let’s bake it plain: Donald J. Trump as PresiDON'T-Elect of the United States is a recipe for disaster. So preheat your oven for a tasty revolution that starts in the home. Let us gather in protest and eat…Impeach Pie!
Between Thanksgiving and the Electoral College vote on December 19, serve Impeach Pies at your holiday gatherings or hold a party to bake and share. Do it quietly (“Ooh, peach pie—my favorite!”) or loud and proud (bakeoff for the best “Dump Trump” butter crust latticework, anyone?).
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1. Bake or buy a peach pie between Thanksgiving and December 19
2. Take a picture of your subversive pie, or snap you and your squad eating it
3. Hashtag #ImpeachPie and share on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Charity Bonus Round:
- Raise funds for a cause with an Impeach Pie party
- Hold a bake sale or put your recipes into a cookbook and sell it
- Donate the profits to a progressive charity that protects the rights Trump is trying to take away
EASY RECIPE: IMPEACH PIE
We know, we know…peaches are out of season. Well, so are Trump’s politics. So feel free to used canned ones…just as DJT uses canned lines in all his lying Tweets.
2 cups canned peaches
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 stick butter
Drain juice from peaches. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and nutmeg and add to juice. Add butter and cook over low heat until mixture thickens. Line pie tin with crust. add peaches and thickened juice. Top with second crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until brown. (From Cooks.com)
Just get some canned peach pie filling, dump it in a frozen pre-made pie shell, bake as directed and serve.
THE BENEFITS: WHY SERVE #IMPEACHPIE?
1. Baking is scientifically therapeutic.
Lest we forget, "stressed" is "desserts" spelled backward. So let’s flip the script and channel our stress into something sweet. Baking has literally been called "a form of pill-less Prozac" and is even used to treat depression. Plus, following a recipe can give a sense of victory and accomplishment—the perfect antidote to the helplessness so many of us are awash in. "Baking therapy" might help at a time when we could all use some tools to deal with outrage, fear and grief. Who says those tools aren't right there in our kitchen drawers and cupboards?
2. Your pie will honor American Herstory & the Women's Vote.
Did you know? The Suffragists used cookbooks and recipes as a form of protest. Just as books like The Sneaky Chef suggest slipping leafy greens into your kids' smoothies, we can use our kitchens to serve up protest with our (just) desserts.
According to NPR: "Between 1886, when the first American suffragist cookbook was published, and 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote, there were at least a half-dozen cookbooks published by suffragette associations in the country. These cookbooks were also a strategic rebuttal to the snide jokes and hurtful innuendo directed against suffragists, who were painted as neglectful mothers and kitchen-hating harridans, busy politicking while their children starved."
3. If you must break bread with racists, serve 'em Impeach.
Maybe you want to enjoy the holidays without a Civil War...or you know you’re outnumbered by Trump supporters around the table. Like the orange on the Seder Plate signaling Jewish women’s refusal to bow to the patriarchy, bringing an Impeach Pie signals your simultaneous respect for tradition (after all, the original indigenous Americans served food to undocumented immigrants from Europe on the first "Thanksgiving") and your refusal to accept a white supremacist leadership. Slip ‘em a slice of protest pie. Revenge is best served a la mode!
You can even practice reverse gaslighting, using the "post-truth" technique favored by the Trump administration. Top your pie with crust in the word "impeach." When a suspicious guest accuses you of being un-American, insist that it spells "I'm Peach" and that you just wanted to make sure nobody mistook it for one of the pumpkin and apple pies on the table.
4. Creativity connects us to our power.
Once again, we need to take our power back any way we can. During a time of feeling powerless, anything we can create—whether it's officially "art" or not—can soothe and heal.
5. Food is comfort.
In case the Electoral College, like the U.S. voting public, lets us down, at least we can share dessert.
6. Community is healing.
Come together to make your pies with other concerned citizens. Brainstorm, organize, exchange ideas. As anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a group of caring, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Gather your tribe and make peach the new orange!