Maida was interviewed some time ago, and I found this interesting tidbit in her interview: "What is the quintessential American dessert?Why change what everyone says? It's apple pie. I think the saying that something is "as easy as pie" is ridiculous. I think pie is the most difficult dessert I know! It's much easier to make a soufflé which people think is difficult but it isn't. A pie is difficult. You have to be awfully good and on top of that you have to be lucky."
So I guess we are both awfully good and both lucky. Because I think our pies look beautiful!