Issaquah cook wins blue ribbon

August 27, 2013

Elizabeth Backus’ cooking career began when her father issued her a challenge: “I bet you can’t make a lemon meringue pie.”

Backus, then 12, rose to the occasion. For five consecutive days, she worked on the pie after school, trying to get it right. Finally, on the fifth day, she succeeded.

By Contributed Elizabeth Backus displays her famous lemon meringue pie in the kitchen of her Issaquah home.

By Contributed
Elizabeth Backus displays her famous lemon meringue pie in the kitchen of her Issaquah home.

“When I did it, my dad said, ‘Honey, you finally got it,’” Backus said, and a passion for baking was born.

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