I Didnt Mean to Break the Internet With My Cranberry Pickle Pie Recipe


I don’t write to make money, and really, as someone told me, “No one asks me to do what I do every day.” Six hours of typing and researching daily in an increasingly dusty house is not done for glory. I do it because community history everywhere is dying, and I personally feel I must help it exist in some way, so people remember. Each day you can find me at my kitchen island representing my community as a Carleton Place, ON. town councillor, and documenting community history. I am not writing about those who ‘ran the world’ either. I am all about remembering Joe, Mary or Dave that were ordinary citizens who helped make our towns and cities. Those are the people I want everyone to remember.

Everyone seems to think that they can start a blog or write a book and success will be instant, even for history. Let me tell you that is not the truth. These days you don’t write to make money, and even though I have published six books about various thoughts; I know that my books aren’t really that special. I’m just happy that I have completed something in life and enjoy writing about history and whatever catches my fancy.

After my first book came out I thought I was going to be on Oprah, but I noticed that family and friends seemed to instantly disappear like rats on a sinking ship when my book was finally available. That should have been my first clue. Life is tough out there in the literary world.

It’s also a dream for most writers to ‘go viral’ and this week I did. It wasn’t the first time actually. A few years ago a photo taken by photographer John Rayner of me at a PRIDE event went viral on FLIKR. John received over 800,000 hits on that photo of me at age 68, playing an electric guitar looking something like Keith Richards. I will just leave the thoughts there about looking like Keith, because for the death of one celebrity I assume God gives Keith Richards another year of life.

This past Wednesday I woke up to emails asking for permission to use a story I did about a Pickle Cranberry Pie. A Salt Lake City FOX news station tweeted out a video “of the worst pie ever created” with the caption ‘It’s A Utah Thing’ with a photo of my blog. Mashed, a very popular culinary blog also picked it up and Food Network’s celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Duff GoldmanTweeted their disapproval of the pie.This led to a Twitter explosion and after that, news stations were picking it up everywhere. My ‘stats’ on WordPress went through the roof for at least 4 days. It was everywhere. Some people found the recipe so disgusting they stated that: “If the US saw what the US was doing, the US would order a military intervention in the US”.

After it was all over and actor, singer Ice-T Tweeted some obscenities about the pie I wondered if it might become a possible upcoming episode on Law and Order. But, then other thoughts flooded my mind. Why don’t things like human rights, affordable housing, seniors advocacy etc. etc. go viral? Is it just because everyone wants to be entertained? Most times postings just become a sniffle, and longevity and consistency is hard. But, for the second time in my life something I did went viral, and let that be a lesson to Kim Kardashian and everyone else out there. You don’t need to be naked to go viral, sometimes an odd pie recipe works as well.

Read-Cranberry Pickle Pie and Utah Pickle Pie –(Last time I saw something like this, the test came back positive. It was a boy)

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

3 responses »

  1. Hi Linda
    You are amazing 👏❤.
    Wish I could find a word that hasn’t been used so much!
    I am planning on writing a biography on my late hubby ‘s life. What is best way to get published?


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