Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway

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RWYK Podcast Ft. Margaret Dilloway & Elizabeth Rudd

Happy Thursday everyone,

Today we’re ELATED to feature two very special guests on the podcast! Children’s books author Margaret Dilloway is joining us to talk about her middle-grade novel Summer of a Thousand Pies, a sweet and satisfying treat of a novel full of friendship, family, and, of course, pie.

We are also delighted to feature Elizabeth Rudd, the driving force behind Compass & Fork, a blog that shares fascinating stories, recipes, people and places associated with local food and culture. Elizabeth is here to share a delicious recipe of Vietnamese-style, five spice grilled pork from Sapa Town in northern Vietnam. So get your cup of coffee ready, and let’s get started!


Here’s some information about Margaret Dilloway

Margaret Dilloway, author of SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES Margaret Dilloway’s books include SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES (Balzer + Bray). MOMOTARO: XANDER AND THE LOST ISLAND OF MONSTERS (fantasy, Disney-Hyperion), and HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (Putnam), She’s won an American Library Association Award for Best Women’s Fiction and the Asian/Pacific Librarians Honor Award for Children’s Literature. She likes performing long-form improv, hiking, and playing with her ridiculously cute Goldendoodle.


You can find all of the information regarding Margaret’s book on


Learn more about Summer of a Thousand Pies

Summer of a Thousand PiesWhen Cady Bennett is sent to live with the aunt she didn’t even know she had in the quaint mountain town of Julian, she isn’t sure what to expect. Cady isn’t used to stability, after growing up homeless in San Diego with her dad.

Now she’s staying in her mother’s old room, exploring the countryside filled with apple orchards and pie shops, making friends, and working in Aunt Shell’s own pie shop—and soon, Cady starts to feel like she belongs.

Then she finds out that Aunt Shell’s shop is failing. Saving the business and protecting the first place she’s ever really felt safe will take everything she’s learned and the help of all her new friends. But are there some things even the perfect pie just can’t fix?


Here is the link to Margaret Dilloway’s book on Amazon –


A note from Elizabeth & Mark Rudd from Compass & Fork

Mark & ElizabethWe are very glad you have found us. Just a quick bit about us, we are Mark and Elizabeth, avid travelers who enjoy slow travel. Since our children are now adults, we have the time to travel at a more leisurely pace and find this allows us to visit a country in a different way than you might on a quick tour or a weekend trip. Our goal is to experience a country more like a local than a tourist. And this is what we would like to share with all of you.

One of the ways we learn about a place is through food so that is a large focus when we travel, but we also enjoy getting to know the culture so we will share what we learn- real food, real people, and real travel stories.

We are pretty healthy and active travelers so you might find information about active adventures- especially hiking, one of the frequent activities wherever we go. You will also find travel tips, recipes, and dining experiences.

Together we have traveled to over 50 countries (and a few each on our own), worked in about 10, and have a wish list of places still to go a mile long!

Compass & Fork explore a destination in a bit of depth. This means for a minimum of a month you will receive content and posts about the same country, an immersion of sorts.

Here is the link to compass and fork –


Here is a simple to make, marinated, pork dish that is a little bit gourmet. Quick and satisfying. The combination of pork and five spice is one made in heaven. You can cook on a bbq or in the broiler.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
4people 15minutes 6minutes 30minutes
  • Course: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
  • 1 lb pork fillet sliced thinly
  • Five spice marinade
  • 3 stems lemongrass pale lower part only, sliced thinly # *
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped #
  • 2 cloves shallots finely chopped # *
  • 1 tbsp five spice powder #*
  • 1 tsp curry powder or turmeric powder # *
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 1/2 tbsps honey
  • 1 tsp fish sauce *
  • 2 tbsp tamari (soy) sauce omit if GF or Paleo and use 3 tsp fish sauce # *
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce # *
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger grated #
  • 1 tsp sesame oil # *
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil# *
  • Garnish
  • 1 onion, green (spring) cut diagonally including the green top
  • 1 red chili, long Asian style cut diagonally


  • Simply mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Add pork to the mixture. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Light the grill and barbecue until cooked, about 6 minutes, turning halfway.
  • Simply serve with steamed rice, or for a paleo alternative try spaghetti squash. Garnish with green onion and red chili for some color.



In this episode, you’ll discover

  • Margaret Dilloway shares the story of her middle-grade novel Summer of a Thousand Pies
  • What inspires her to write fantasy novels?
  • Margaret features a number of biracial characters in her books so we ask her to share her inspiration behind this concept?
  • What’s next for Margaret, some fun facts about her book, her future plans and much more.
  • Elizabeth from Compass & Fork joins us to share a delicious recipe of Vietnamese-style, five spice grilled pork from Sapa Town in northern Vietnam.



A big thank you to Margaret & Elizabeth for joining us on the podcast!


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