My Favorite Things
It’s the holiday season and the time for everyone’s favorite things. Biographers report that one of John Coltrane’s notoriously (because he ate so much of it) favorite things was sweet potato pie, especially the pie his mother made. Anyone who has had real, down home sweet potato pie knows that it’s hard not to reach for another piece, and that was the kind Coltrane’s mother made at the Coltrane House, 1511 N. 33Street.
An ante bellum black heritage treat, sweet potato pie, at its best, is a sublime creation, so it’s easy to understand and sympathize with Coltrane’s fondness for his mother’s pie.