This past Saturday, Los Angeles celebrated the KCRW 4th Annual Good Food Pie Contest at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Chrystal and I won first place in the savory pie category a few years ago during the contest’s inaugural year, and we also entered the following year. When we got word of the upcoming competition, we thought, “Hey, why not, let’s give another go.” It would be fun to come up with a whole new pie creation and try to finish in the sweet department. With five different categories to choose from this year–fruit, nut, cream/chiffon/mousse, savory, or pies inspired by Chris Burden’s installation at LACMA, Metropolis II– our immediate decision was to nail down exactly what kind of pie we wanted to make. That question lead us to one pie-tastic conclusion: Banana Pudding Pie with Dulce de Leche.
Facebook is a great way to find out what people are thinking. In a recent wall posting, folks answered a question regarding their favorite coconut and peanut butter recipes. We were open to anything, even a combination of the two. You’re probably wondering what people suggested. There was coconut cream pie, peanut butter brownies, icebox cookies, coconut ice cream, peanut sesame noodles, coconut shrimp, coconut meringues, peanut butter fudge, peanut butter and jelly cookies. The list went on and on. We had just received samples of Tropical Traditions’ coconut flour and coconut peanut butter, and the goal was to use them both in one recipe. All of the suggestions really helped to lead us in the perfect direction of a pie–a pie that we would submit to KCRW’s Good Food Blog Pie-a-Day section. Last year, we submitted a Pineapple Haupia Pie, but this year’s sweet would be totally different.
We’re happy to announce that today’s post is part of KCRW Good Food and Evan Kleiman’s Pie-a-Day feature. The summer season of pies will end with Good Food’s 2nd Annual Pie Contest. We attended last year, and the inaugural event was a blast. If you’re a loyal reader, then you may know that we love trying different recipes, especially those with strong cultural affiliation. We’re sharing our take on the Hawaiian favorite–haupia. This time, it’s in pie formation and topped with sweet pineapples. Read all about it HERE, and check the Good Food website daily for more!
You could say this post is dedicated to Curtis Stone. We both attended KCRW’s Good Food Live Australian cooking demonstration and wine tasting. Curtis Stone was one of the chefs on deck that afternoon, and he made a remarkably fantastic mustard-brushed rack of lamb that was rolled in fresh herbs. It was out of this world. Why hadn’t we thought of doing that? As much as we both talk about our love for fresh herbs, we’ve never used them to clothe meat. Perfect idea. This was a meal that must be attributed to Curtis Stone and this simply genius idea.
On Sunday, January 17th, we braved Los Angeles’ rain and chilly wind to attend KCRW’s Good Food Live cooking demonstration and wine tasting at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills. The evening’s occasion fell towards the latter end of G’Day USA: Australia Week 2010–several days of events in Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs and New York designed to highlight the technological, economical, environmental and cultural growth and advancements of the expansive continent. On January 16th and 17th, the public was encouraged to ‘Come Walkabout in Beverly Hills’. Evan Kleiman, host of Good Food, lead us on an afternoon of food and wine with chefs Curtis Stone and Pete Evans, mixologist Gus McShane and wine connoisseur James Gosper.
Waking up early on a Saturday morning to bake is actually an enjoyable activity during the fall. It’s very soothing to do it while listening to KCRW-FM, our Santa Monica-based public radio station. At 10:00 am, there’s Ira Glass’ This American Life, and right at 11:00 am, Evan Kleiman, Chef & Owner of Angeli Caffe, comes on with Good Food. One morning this summer, Evan announced her Pie a Day project. She would make a pie every day for three months. That’s a lot of pie! Somewhere along the line, an announcement hit the airwaves that she would host KCRW’s 1st Annual Good Food Pie Contest in honor of Evan’s efforts. We were so in.