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Taster’s Cherce

My wife is a Ho for pecan pie. Seriously, it’s embarrassing. She likes to pick off the nuts and just eat the filling. I can’t take her anywhere, I tell you.

I don’t have any strong feelings about pecan pie but for the sake of either inspiring or grossing out the Banter’s resident food-tasters, Thelarmis and Chyll Will, check out this tasty recipe for chocolate pecan pie from David Lebovitz.


1 thelarmis   ~  Dec 1, 2011 1:41 pm

i saw this picture and thought: "man, when is he gonna feature somethin' good" and then i saw the honor of having my name mentioned here at the banter. haha! : )

before the leaves starting falling a few weeks back, the overhang of a tree on my side lawn kept dripping tons of sap onto my car in the driveway. it was annoying having to go to quik trip everyday to wipe my windows. i also noticed driving over these impossibly hard nut shells every time i pulled in/out of my driveway.

turns out i have a healthy pecan tree here. apparently, they go for good money, in bulk. who knew?!

i do like peanuts, but nothing fancy and certainly not in a pie...

2 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 1, 2011 1:42 pm

1) Hey, didn't anyone ever teach you that you never know 'til you try it? LOL

3 thelarmis   ~  Dec 1, 2011 1:48 pm

[2] oh man, that's the phrase i HATE more than anything!!! it was always that and "look it up" when i didn't know a vocabulary word.

turns out, the dictionary became my favorite book in the world, so ya never know! upon second look, the pecan pie doesn't look so bad, but i just don't really care for the texture of most desserts.

i have heard that pecans are delicious and nutritious. maybe i should crack one open in my driveway...

4 RIYank   ~  Dec 1, 2011 1:59 pm

Funny, the filling part of a pecan pie is the part I'm least interested in. Pecans are great roasted (and with chocolate they become sublime), and I'm a sucker for pastry crust, but the filling, eh.
Thelarmis, you live in Georgia. Learn to love the pecans, for crisake. (I'm not even gonna ask about peaches.)

5 thelarmis   ~  Dec 1, 2011 2:06 pm

[4] ok, i do love pastry crust. i'm a big fan of chicken pot pie. in england, they had those great chicken & mushroom pasty's.

i do love nuts in chocolate, like in a candy bar. i haven't been eating candy bars lately, though...

peaches - hmmm, gerber's was good! a regular peach, i guess i wouldn't know... i am eating clementines regularly right now. does that count for anything?

6 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 1, 2011 2:17 pm

3) I can only imagine! Ha. It takes a certain kind of stubborn to never have tried an apple. Then again, I've never had a cup of coffee so who I am to talk?

7 thelarmis   ~  Dec 1, 2011 2:21 pm

[6] i've never had a cup of coffee, either! : )

my grandma always used to say "how do you like dem apples?" and i'd say, "grandma. you know i don't like apples!" i miss her...

8 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 1, 2011 2:46 pm

Wait, but I have at least tried a cup of coffee. So did you not like apples because you tried them and didn't care for them? Are you just not interested in food or trying things or does it bring out something rebellious in you?

9 thelarmis   ~  Dec 1, 2011 2:59 pm

[8] um, i'm never tried coffee... i can't stand the smell. the whole aura of it was never appealing to me. only caffeine i have is in barq's root beer, which is the only root beer that has caffeine...

i didn't try an apple, though i like apple sauce and drank some apple juice as a kid. rebellion, was never ever a factor for me; i didn't act out and wasn't trying to get attention or piss anybody off.

just not interested. never cared to try new foods or anything. basically, found what i liked and stuck with that. musically, i branch out.

now, i've gotta go head out to teach a bunch of college kids to be versatile musicians and try lots of different styles of music, even if they don't want to or don't think they'll like it! : )

10 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 1, 2011 3:19 pm

9) Cool. Make sure to dig all the hip hop they play you in return.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 2, 2011 1:58 am

How did I miss all this?? Oh yeah, I was driving film equipment to the boonies and back today >;) I agree with your wife, yum (ptooey!) yum... (never mind that it looks like the dirt floor of a rustic cabin in the deep woods) Nuts to that!

12 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 2, 2011 1:59 am

[10] Werd...

13 Boatzilla   ~  Dec 2, 2011 6:26 am

Wow. I wouldn't have liked to be involved in this conversation face-to-face. I might lose me cool. I have a problem hanging folks who aren't crazy about food. All kinds of food. Ask Mr. Jazz how many time's I've bitched about the length of his "don't touch" list.

I love everything...although, hold the laughter...I am not keen on pecan pie. And my family is from the South, where the dish is an institution...and it's pronounced: pee-CAN pie.

But I do enjoy horse sashimi (a favorite in Japan) and have even had bear and chicken sashimi. Believe it or not.

14 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 2, 2011 8:41 am

13) I'm envious of people who love everything. My mom is like that. It sure would make things more interesting as a cook...

15 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 2, 2011 9:47 am

[13] You would have loved a string of comments I made about horse meat on my FB page. Or maybe not. At any rate, my final thought about it was it could go either way with this... >;)

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