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. First, this tart looks wonderful! As summer fruit season ends, orange pie is perfect to make! Second, sorry some of my countrypeople are all caught up in the numbers of medals at the Olympics. That’s just poor sportsmanship!

  2. Your blog reigns supreme, in my opinion!! :-D

    Love that orange pie; and your tangerine idea sounds lovely as well!

  3. HeartofGlass21 says:

    Well, if superiority of a country were equated with the # of gold medals won, than China would be the second best place to live in the world, correct? I’m not sure, in terms of places I’d like to live it would rank above say, England or Canada or Sweden.

  4. We as a society are far to competitive. And the means applied to winning arent always in our best interests.Im all about doing what you love and satisfaction and personal success will follow. Blogging meeans many things to many people and I would hope most importantly for our personal satisfaction. You love what you do and it shows in your great pastry.

  5. I love your blog, recipes and posts!

    I hate competition and this need to be better than others ;-P… There are far more important things in life!

    That’s a different pie! It looks delicious!



  6. That looks better than good.

  7. Yum! I can’t remember which ones it is, but there are certain oranges (I actually think it’s Florida) that I just don’t like b/c they are so sweet. I like me some tart, too! BTW, left you an award…check it out.

  8. B-e-a-utiful! Very impressive. I once made an orange-meringue pie as a twist on lemon-meringue, and it tasted like a giant orange creamsicle. I fully agree that tangerine would be best in similar recipes. And I totally agree with your take on being competitive in silly ways.

  9. Very nice and oh so interesting.

  10. Ooh now that is a nice use of that cookie dough!
    Oh, and I kick your butt at igloo making, being a Canuck and all who lives in snow all year long. :-)
    Unless you’d rather kick my butt, then I’ll give you the win instead.

  11. You know, I’ve heard of an orange pie (I’m forgetting if it’s in a 60’s cookbook)… But I think it was filled with cubes of orange Jell-O! Uh, okay! Your version is so much better :)

    Wow, people actually ask you how you feel if someone likes another blog more? It must be great going through life feeling like you’re #1 on people’s lists. Yeesh. Keep up the good work Pea! Go Canadian spirit! :D

  12. Love the pie! I bet it is delicious!

    Not everyone is so competitive. Well, I reckon those competing IN the games are…LOL
    but not everyone has to kick everyone else’s butt at everything.
    I think many people are actually BORN that way though. I have a house full of toddlers & preschoolers all day every day. They always have to be the tallest, biggest, ‘bestest’, fastest….on & on. I tell them EVERY day that we don’t have to compete with each other on EVERYTHING! LOL

  13. This looks delicious! It’s rare to see orange desserts, but I really like them. It was hard for me to choose the TWD recipe that one week when we could either make the lemon or orange tart. This is such a beautiful dessert. I know tons of people who would just love it!

  14. Americans can be such dorks…it’s a game, people, or a collection of games anyway…why so serious?? Guess thats why I’m not staying up until midnight watching the Olympics.
    Same goes for book deals…more power to those who get ‘em. Blogs are not a competition, are they? Or games? Just fun. Yours is one of the most fun.
    Love the idea of the orange pie. Tangerine would be good, or maybe just a bit of lemon juice added? Love the crust!!

  15. Looks great to me! I still want to make the cookies the most though. I am glad I’m not the only one who gets irritated by the attitude with competition. I am sure that all countries have their people that act that way, but I can’t attest to whether or not some are remotely as obnoxious as some Americans can be. I sure hope blogging isn’t a competition either because I just need a safe haven from that kind of attitude (I live with the most competitive man on the planet! Ugh!)

  16. What a beautiful little pie/tart!

  17. Mmm! Lovely pie! It looks like a gold medal too doesn’t it? round and golden?

  18. The Orange Pie was a great idea, though I agree there needs to be a pucker factor. I wonder how it would be with tangelos.

  19. Oh man, I love food/desserts made with oranges – but I don’t eat oranges or drink orange juice — isn’t that weird?? Anyway, that pie looks great.

  20. I’m a big fan of citrus, and this looks marvelous!

  21. this pie is beyond gorgeous! my husband loves all things citrus so i’ll definitely make this for him sometime. :)

    canada isn’t doing too badly these games – i was tickled to see two of our divers get silvers – (i’m originally from saskatoon, saskatchewan). but certainly think it’s dumb for people to compare u.s. and canada in terms of the summer games..

  22. Good attitude! I’m often asked what the best restaurants are or who the best chefs are in Toronto or Canada and I always answer that there are many bests in each category. These are creative avenues and no one can be the best but many people and restaurants (like blogs) can be excellent and different from each other.

    I so tire of superlative use when the topics are subjective.

    Also, nice looking pie.

  23. I am so not a competitive person, and hopefully that comes through in my writing. Competition is good and necessary, but the spitefullness and bad sportsmanship that comes along with it can take a hike, as far as I’m concerned!

  24. Wondered what happened to the leftover orange cookies! I’m not a baker, so I don’t really know, but would a pinch of salt help bring out the tartness of the orange, or completely overwhelm it?

  25. Hey, we here in Northern Ohio love our Canadian neighbors. Your country is the ultimate for a scenic vacation and I love to watch the programs on the Canadian railways! How I would love to go to P.E. Island, Quebec City, the Rockies and Vancover Island. You have it all and we love you! Of course, it goes w/o saying that you have an awesome blog and we truly appreciate all the effort you put into it!

  26. I love the citrus in the crust. No one every really thinks about doing this–you’re smart chicklet!

  27. this looks wonderful. i was about to say, before reading the post, i’ve never heard of orange pie before – now i see why :) nice creation!

  28. I agree with you that it’s silly for Americans to brag about kicking Canada’s butt as far as metals won go. On the other hand though, it’s a collections of competitions; thus, competitiveness. Yes, the Olympics ideally represent world togetherness, but they also hopefully stir up pride in one’s country. I am proud of America’s athletes; I’m not proud of Americans acting like dorks about winning medals.

    Anyway, orange pie – yum.

  29. Glad you tried out a orange tart! Looks great! The crust looks quite yummy too!

  30. I prefer the Winter Olympics, mainly because Canadians do better at them.

    Winnipeg’s summer may be short, but there’s no doubt that there is a summer. It’s when the mosquitoes come out.

  31. I will not even comment on the subject of people with small minds. Not worth mentioning. Your pie looks awesome. I really liked that you tried it. the crust looks pretty yummy.

  32. Peabody, you’ve got a kick-ass blog here. And that tart is simply awesome!!

  33. As usual you have a fantastic and refreshing attitude! There’s room for more than just one “winner”–bully to you for seeing the value in the journey! And of course, making delicious progress like with this gorgeous pie along the way.

    and as a PS to make everyone else jealous–it was so AWESOME TO MEET YOU IN PERSON!!!! :-)

  34. I’m with you, I like tart (as in lime or lemon), but orange is good too. I wonder what grapefruit would give?

    I’m also glad that you aren’t some insecure nut. Insecure people are cause for a lot of discord in the world. They are the ones who worry about which blog is better than what, how many comments they get, how many visitors, how many bombs the other country has… I’m glad that my food blogging buddies are just really cool and awesome people who invariably have cool and awesome blogs :)

  35. Have you tried Dorie’s orange cream pie? It’s on my to-do list along with a million other things…

  36. Your blog is one of the most droolworthy in my opinion! I love your sense of humor and I love reading your posts. I hear you on so many points in this post!

    If it makes you feel better Canada kicked India’s ass at the Olympics. Was India even present? ;-)

    I love this pie!

  37. LOL, people are so childish it is pathetic. We live so close to Canada here that it feels like as neighbors, we are also relatives. That and our area is heavy in hockey fans (not to mention the university I work at produced great hockey players like Craig Conroy and Erik Cole!)

    And your blog?!? Well, its pretty damned good in my opinion – for a Canadian ;)

  38. i can’t say anything–i’m the most competitive person i know. i do try to keep it contained though. :)
    meanwhile, your tart is perfection, much like everything else you post. :)

  39. This looks gorgeous!

  40. this pie look very yummy:) thanks for sharing

  41. Gorgeous tart- I wouldn’t mind getting my butt kicked for a slice of that, especially since I have no chance of doing anything athletic well!

  42. Love the looks of your pie! I am a huge citrus fan!

  43. Pea, I’m with you on this subject – let’s not forget that more than worrying about who is “prettier”, “cooler”, or “most popular”, people should respect their own style. That’s what makes people unique and interesting, and therefore, whatever they make (blogs or something else).
    I love the idea of an orange pie (being the citrus freak that I am) – gotta get my hands on some of this!

  44. I don’t think it’s an “American” attitude at all… in fact, I’ve only seen it in the media and their stupid medal count, which everyone I know makes fun of for being ridiculous. A medal count? Really??! In fact, most people I know are happy for a specific athlete they like, regardless of what country that person came from.

  45. Didn’t mean to sound snippy, but the perception one gets from the media often does not at all represent what people here really think (as in this case).

  46. My soon-to-be-hubby is Canadian as well and he gets all huffy during the olympics saying the same sort of thing. He now likes to rub it in my face that China far surpassed the US in gold medals. Your little pie is so cute – making this and not sharing might just be retribution enough for any kind of taunting I’ve been getting!

  47. do you need vitamin C?? cause you rlast two posts were both citru. :-) ha jokes apart they re bot really nice and interesting. I like oranges so hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  48. This pie kicks butt! I love playing with the flavors of things. I can see how you might miss the tang of lime when making an orange version. It still looks wonderful, though.

  49. I recognize that recipe from the world’s most delicious key lime pie!

  50. I have to say for the most part, I think the Americans showed class in the Olympics (i.e. Micheal Phelps when the Frenchman were totally dissing him, the gymnastics women who many thought were scored unfairly against the Chinese, etc etc). As for national pride, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with American citizens rooting for their country. Of course, they should use *class* and tact and good sportsmanship. I witnessed unsportsman-like conduct from plenty of other countries LOL I had a roommate in college from Canada who loved to point out all of America’s flaws — but loved to point out how superior Canada was. Can’t we all just be friends LOL :-)
    Anyhoo — I’m glad you don’t feel the need to compete with other blogs — yours has plenty of great recipes.


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