Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Mom and I Are Entering the 2nd Annual KCRW Good Food Pie Contest!

Well, we've gone and done it. We've signed up AGAIN for the KCRW Good Food Pie Contest. We, as in my mom and me! The contest is this Sunday, September 5, at the Taste of Beverly Hills event from 4-6pm. You might recall that this mother-daughter team entered and won the Cream Pies category last year. Woohoo! Well, we're back, and we're changing things up a bit. I don't want to jinx anything so I won't discuss our pie. But I will say, we are not competing in the Cream Pies category this time! We are so excited! My mom is flying down from the Bay Area for the weekend!

Several weeks ago, when my mom and I were flirting with the idea of entering again, we discussed flavor combinations we love. It's funny how the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. We both immediately knew the general direction of the pie, and which two ingredients had to be present. Then we set to building the pie, layer by layer.

We tested fillings, crusts, toppings, and more, adjusting the quantity of sugar or butter or xxx (wouldn't want to give away the recipe!), until we found what we believe to be an exceptional pie! It's taken a lot of time, thought, and expensive ingredients, but it's one of those fun things worth putting resources toward - and come on, doing it as a mother-daughter project makes it a no-brainer. Plus, it's delicious! So regardless of how we do this Sunday at the contest (um, there are more than 200 pies entered!!!), we are quite pleased with how our pie turned out and have already had a lot of fun preparing.

Oh, and there's going to be an apron fashion show at the pie contest. So I am planning on wearing the adorable bright, ruffly apron my very talented and crafty friend Crystal sewed for me in between the long hours she spends researching biomedical engineering orthopedic something-or-other for her Ph.D. Yes, she's a renaissance woman!

With Crystal on the night she gave me the apron!

Anyways, wish us luck this Sunday! And if you're in LA, think about coming out to cheer us on, say hello, and meet lots of fellow foodies. It's very fun and you get to taste the pie entries after the judging is over! Free pie? Yes siree!

Details about parking, schedule, etc... are on the official pie contest page.


Mom said...

I definitely think the planning and sharing the anticipation of the contest together makes us winners, even before the contest begins! Sunday's contest fun will be the whipped cream on top of the pie (or icing on the cake or cherry on top of the sundae...)! :-)

Crystal said...

Oh I am so honored that you are wearing the apron to the pie contest!!! I hope it brings you and your mom good luck.. not that you ladies need it! I'm sure the pie that you came up with will be excellent! Have a wonderful time this weekend! :)

Karen Hough said...

Your mom is right--the planning and sharing the anticipation does make you winners.
I can hardly wait to hear what the Dynamic Duo has created this year and am having fun guessing what the secret ingredients might be. I figure chocolate is a good bet!

Diana said...

Your pie was truly amazing! Even in crumb form! :) So glad I got a nibble before it was all gone. In my mind it was definitely a winner! And you and your mom were also the most stylish of all the bakers there! :)

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