Not a winner but lost nothing

12 Sep

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I entered the kcrw(Los Angeles’ NPR station) pie contest. With my pie. The pie.

There were 285 entries this year and I think most were in the fruit pie category. Next year maybe I’ll enter the art-based category.

Everyone made one pie for the public, whom we served ourselves, and one for the judges.

I got to taste the fare of the people I was serving next to: a caramelized onion and Roquefort tart(need that recipe), a cherry pie with a chocolate crust(adore the concept but the crust was sort of like mediocre chocolate cake, not crust, a sweet and sour cherry pie(solid), and a shoo-fly pie that was not like the types I’d seen recipes for. It seemed more like a pecan pie without pecans but better texture. I’m getting her recipe. I’ll blog that shit up, yo.

I met Joy the Baker! She was one of the judges. Super nice, super humble that Joy.

But I did not win. I am not sure how the judges narrowed down the hundreds of pies but they did and I was not one of the chosen ones, which is too bad because I always have said I make the best pie.

After it all, when we contestants went to collect the pies we’d sent to the judges, we tasted more of each other’s wares but by that time I’d been in the sun and heat for two hours, and eaten nothing but sugar and coffee and nothing I tasted stood out. And I just was feeling loser-ish.

But.

At the end of the day. I
got home, tired and sweaty and started eating the remains of my pie and had a revelation:
Hot DAMN. I make amazing pie.

Possibly the best.

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11 Responses to “Not a winner but lost nothing”

  1. Nadiya September 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    It’s hard to win those kinds of things when you’re competing against a gazillion other people. All that matters is that you tried and go to taste a heck a lot of pie 😛 Caramelized onions and Roquefort pie sounds astonishing… I kind of want that recipe too 😛

    • Ellen September 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Ooh, thanks for reminding me I need to write the guy or that recipe! Yeah, the experience was totally worth it:)

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Erin (@girlgoneveggie) September 16, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Aw I’m sorry you didn’t win! But at least you know you make amazing pie, and that’s what matters! 😀

  3. Ameena September 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    So when do I get to taste this pie?

    But seriously, congrats on entering. I think it’s awesome that you can bake so well!

    • Ellen September 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      Ameena, I am known to trade pie for wine so…actually, look for an email from me, there’s gonna be a small pie event soon;) Sent from my iPhone

  4. Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) September 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I ❤ your pie, and I ❤ you! I'm sorry I'm missing on the pie-xtravaganza with you, but I know you'll blow all the people who really matter with your goods!

    • Ellen September 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      Thank you m’dear! I ❤ you too!

  5. Rose October 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Win or lose that pie is still amazing. Congratulations!

    • Ellen October 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      Why thank you! Really, any homemade pie, made with love is a winner in its own right, methinks.

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