Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More True = Less Funny.

Marco is becoming (deservedly) famous for his work on Cook Here and Now. And I'm one of the lucky few who will climb aboard his coattails all the way to the top of the San Francisco food chain.

Soon the doorman at Gary Danko will call in my drink order when he sees me slide out of a cab! Alice Waters will ring me for advice!

Well...not quite. But it's nice to see my friend reap the rewards of a project in which he's invested so much of his time.

At this weekend's food-fest, a magazine photographer will shoot the event, focusing in on a couple of participants who were asked to submit recipes that may be featured in the magazine.

I'm one of those people, so I've cooked my way through double blackberry pie (rejected because it had too many blackberries), pashka with lime marmalade (rejected because it was too complex), and finally a lime pie with a layer of blackberry jam.

I made three iterations, with the same crumb crust and blackberry jam layer: one chilled pie with whipped cream folded into lime juice and condensed milk; another souffle-like baked version with egg involvement; and a third that's a take-off of Shaker lemon pie, which uses the citrus peel.

"This looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters," I said, pouring the whisked eggs over the pale green peels.

"Your face looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters," my roommate said, which was not true, but funny.

And I was like: "Your grandma's face looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters," but I realized her grandma died and was buried last week. Sometimes things that are more true are less funny.

Tonight we're feasting on the three contenders. Each roommate gets a vote and they take the responsibility seriously.

Who will win? Who will be the next American pie-dol?