Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Corn and Tomato Pie 2012

Hi Marg,

I know it's almost Labor Day but I am holding on to summer with both hands. I haven't had nearly enough corn, cherry tomatoes, green beans, or even zucchini. The other night I made your favorite, Corn and Tomato Pie, a la Laurie Colwin. Though I have never been a huge fan of her novels, her cooking books are great. I have both Home Cooking and More Home Cooking, and can't remember which I like better. What I really appreciate is her it's-no-big-deal attitude, that cooking is easy, after all, how bad can it be?

Well, let me tell you. I followed the recipe pretty closely. Of course I didn't puree the corn, that's silly. Do you? And I substituted about half a cup of whole wheat flour for white. But other than that I was pretty good. Except that I did eat some of the biscuit dough raw so there wasn't quite as much as there should have been. I know you probably think that's gross, and maybe it is, but I can't help it. Any raw dough is irresistible to me. I think there's a word for the disorder but I don't want to know it. Anyway...

I followed the recipe for the most part. And it wasn't as good as in the past. The mayonnaise had a weird taste. It wasn't Hellman's but some organic olive oil based stuff from Whole Foods that I never liked but kept because I'm too cheap to throw away. Maybe that had something to do with it. By the way, did you know that Americans throw away nearly half their food, wasting about $65 BILLION every year? Ever since I read that I've felt like I should eat the slimy lettuce. But I don't. It's not raw dough. Anyway...

The pie was swimming in liquid. Granted it was flavorful liquid but there's something unnerving about cutting open your pie and finding soup.We ate it up, but I wasn't as taken with it as in the past. Did you love it this year?

1 comment:

wyatteal said...

I made it once and I LOVED it. It was liquidy. There are supposed to be 4 vents in top crust and that might help w liquidy aspect at least a little. But I would really pin the blame on the gross mayo. Maybe you can donate that mayo to your next block party and get yourself some Hellmans/Western Family.
I might make it again tomorrow.