OHIO - Pie #35 of 50 - Kristen Kyle Ginn & Meredith Passaro

State Fruit: Tomato

I have never been to Ohio.
I first discovered Ohio when I started watching the Drew Carey show after school in Hong Kong.
Ohio is the 17th state, is ranked 34th in size and 50% of the US population lives within 500 miles of it. 
Ohio is known for a few things like it is home to the world’s largest basket. I don’t know why I love this so much and can’t wait to visit  Dresden to see it in person. It is home to not only the inventors of the first airplane the Wright Brothers but also the home state of Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the moon. 
In my opinion the most important thing Ohio has given us is the Hot Dog. It was created by Harry M. Stevens in 1900.
Ohio is known as the buckeye state so I had to oblige. The pie is a buckeye pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust, crunchy and creamy peanut butter filling topped with chocolate shell and buck eyes made from a recipe given to me by Meredith’s grandma. 

This pie is dedicated to Kristen Kyle Ginn. Most lovely Ginny is from Troy, OH. I met this sweet baby angel when I was 19 years old in college at SCAD. We meet in an accessory design class and have been friends every since. Kristen is one of the most talented designers I know. There literally isn’t anything she can’t do from handbags, illustrations to making the most badass cookies @cultcookies she constantly blows me away. I am in awe of her talents. 
She is a ride or die friend. She has been with me through most if not all my milestones of my adult life and I couldn’t be more thankful. She has taught me so many things about life and also about Arby’s cause she took me to my first one and I’ve never looked back. 
My life in America wouldn’t be the same without her! To all our nights listen to basically the Lilith Fair playlist and drinking Mike’s Harder Lemonade in college (we have since graduated to more sophisticated beverages, Michelada in a can). I love my sweet sweet friend Kristen. 
Kristen shared her pie with her lovely boyfriend Matt.
This pie is also dedicated to Meredith Passaro. Meredith hails from Bellefontaine, OH. I was introduced to Meredith by my friend Kate at a garden party. One following weekend Kate and Meredith asked me if I wanted to go climb a mountain with them in the Catskills. Many peaks bagged, many nights spent sleeping in a tent and shooting the shit by the fire Meredith has become one of my favorite people to tackle miles with. You know you’ve reach a whole new level of friendship when you have yelled at each other after 8 miles uphill with 7 miles to go and made up by the time you get to the summit. 
Meredith like me always wants a large plate of onion rings and a cold beer after a grueling hike.
In 20ish days we’ll be hiking 35 miles in Iceland and I couldn’t think of anyone else I would wanna do this with. 
Meredith pushes me and encourages me to no end and I couldn’t be more thankful for such a good friend. 
Like Ohio, there is so much to discover with Meredith by my side. 
Meredith shared her pie with her cousin visiting from Ohio, her boyfriend Tadas and her Mom on Mother’s Day. My friend Julia Came along for the ride and they all dressed for the occasion!

The buckeye state there truly is so much to discover!
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