Getting our butts kicked….

I don’t quite understand the people of the states obsession with dominating the Olympics.
I can not count the number of people who have come up to me and said, “ha, ha, the US is kicking Canada’s butt.” Really, the US is kicking Canada’s butt at Summer Olympics? Most people kick Canada’s butt in the Summer Olympics…in case you didn’t know, it’s mostly Winter up their anyway. And I am not sure Winnipeg even gets a true Summer. ;)
I mean our fricking synchronized swimmers Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon and Isabelle Rampling wore SNOWFLAKES on their swimsuits…for the Summer Olympics. Our athletes are just out there, representing their country(doing the best they can do)for the event(Olympics) that is suppose to promote a sense of world togetherness, not world domination.
This “American” attitude sometimes carries over in many aspects of daily life. Canadians(well most) only care about dominating in hockey(as it should be :P). My blog for example. I am often amused by people who ask me if I get mad if someone likes another blog more than mine. Or if I get mad because another blogger got a cookbook deal and I don’t  have one. Um, no.
There are far superior(in my opinion) blogs to mine. Far better photography, more beautiful food styling, more gorgeous food. Good for them. They work hard for what they do and that should be celebrated. It makes me have something to strive for. There is always someone prettier than you, richer than you, thinner than you. The same applies to a food blog.
And as for my food blogging friends with cookbook deals I am beyond excited for them. It’s something that they obviously wanted to do. They went for it and they got it. I on the other hand, haven’t even bothered to write a proposal so why I get upset over someone getting a book deal? It’s like being mad at the lottery winner each week…but don’t bother to buy a ticket(which I should probably start doing). :)
In striving to do my best and representing my blog, I am usually trying to think of new things to try. I love key lime pie as most people know so I thought, there is lemon pie and lime pie but I rarely see me an orange pie. So I set out to make one. It is basically a tweaked key lime pie recipe so it produces the same texture.
I liked this pie, the crust was a good choice, even if I had to make my own cookies for it. :) I will however next time try to go with tangerine for just a little more tartness. I think it was the tartness I was missing.

Orange Pie

½  cup fresh squeeze orange juice
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
¼  cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 to 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest, divided
5 egg yolks
whipped cream, for garnish
1 Citrus Cookie pie shell(recipe follows)

Whisk sweetened condensed milk with the egg yolks. Whisk in Mascarpone cheese. Stir in whipping cream, orange juice and lemon juice. Stir in 1 to 1 ½  teaspoons orange zest. Pour into a prepared crust and bake at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes.

Citrus Cookie Pie Shell

1 1/3 cup citrus cookie crumbs(run through food processor)
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup plus 2 TBSP unsalted butter, melted

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Press mixture into bottom and sides of a lightly greased 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool.


  1. Your blog is by far one of my favorites. You’re a rock star… you’re just being humble. This orange pie looks lovely, but I love the idea of tangerine. On an unrelated note, I just ate two and a half packs of plain M&Ms…. pms. Awesome.

  2. …I appreciate the comments about blogs. I try not to get jealous of bloggers like YOU who have a million comments:). It is all relative, yes? You have a lovely blog, and lovely photos. It is good that you blog:). Keep up the good work!

  3. Pea… rock!! You are one of my best blogs to visit!!! :) Ooooh la la this pie looks to die for!!

  4. I’m so glad that blogging is not a competition, and I’m sad that some people think that it is. That would just take all of the fun out of it for me.

    This pie looks great! I think that orange doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves.

  5. I can’t wait to try this: I haven’t seen orange pie anywhere so this is the most unique recipe in the whole wide world! ;)

  6. Well, you probably already know what this Sharks fan would say about that hockey comment :), but then I am fond of certain Canadian hockey players to it’s a wash right? BIG GRIN

  7. OH my – I want to jump through this screen and gobble up every last bite of that pie.. It looks amazing!


    As for the Olympics.. is it treasonous to say I didn’t watch any of it??

  8. That is one refreshing looking pie, I love orange and I’d love this!

  9. There is no accounting for what comes out of some people’s mouths. I for one say thank you to the Canadian TV coverage of the games for showing the Men’s Marathon when NBC didn’t bother.

  10. Kate Thompson says:

    Peabody, I love your food blog. I enjoy reading all of your small stories that go along with the recipes. You are by far my favorite. (I am also a fan of the Northwest Noshings).

    I try a lot of the recipes you post but my favorites are the ones you concoct yourself. I made the Orange pie yesterday for a friend’s bbq. Everyone that asked what it was made a weird face but they tried it anyway. There wasn’t a single person that didn’t love that pie, including myself. It was worth all of the work from cookie to the end pie.


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