I'm going to a 4th of July block party this weekend and they're throwing an American pie contest. I have heard of tons of pie crust ideas: cream cheese, butter, shortening, adding alcohol... but some of them sound tough or complicated. There is also tons of options. I have a few in cookbooks and I've also looked at joyofbaking.com among others. I'd love to win the prize as it is a Le Cruset Pie Dish plus a nice server. Anyone have particularly good luck with a pie crust recipe? Tasty filling ideas welcome too.