"Two cups of flour, one-half cup of leaf lard, one teaspoon of salt," muttered Maggie, "and ice water on hand, use sparingly."

Maggie Farmington had been making pie crust since she was fourteen. Her grandmother had taught her how.

"Never, ever use anything but leaf lard," said Grandmama, "and always use ice water. Also, don't bother sifting your flour."

Grandmama had used her hands to combine the lard and flour, and so did Maggie. Maggie knew that her fingers were good . . .

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