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