NC chef shares story of famous pie, President Reagan’s approval

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Albert Cowan has been working at Southern Salt in Morehead City for many years and has been cooking even longer.

Southern Salt is Carteret County’s oldest restaurant with a new twist — formerly known as Capt. Bill’s Restaurant.

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One day sticks out for Cowan the most in his cooking experience and the memory of that day sits in his right hand pocket. It’s a special matchbook he carries around with him every day. Until just now, he hasn’t talked much about why he has the matchbooks.

It was a gift from then-President Ronald Reagan. He received that and some other items after making one of his famous lemon pies. But it took some convincing.

“I got a phone call one day,” Cowan said. “The owner, John Poag, said, ‘Albert, you have a call from the White House.’ ‘What White House, John?’ He said ‘The one in DC.!’ I said ‘John Poag, I don’t have time. I’m too busy right now. He looked at me real serious and said ‘Albert, this is the truth.'”



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