April 20th, 2010

Honey Pie

Song Info (from Beatlesongs):”Honey Pie” is on the White Album, and was 100% written by McCartney. Nobody in the group had much to say about this one. 

Lisa Loeb has the right idea, I think.  When faced with two choices, try to take them both.  But some times it isn’t practical or advisable or not-rude.

For the most part, I’m a “cake guy.”  I’m a dessert guy overall, but in the hierarchy, I rank cake above pie.  That’s just in general, of course.  There are some pies I like above some cakes, and even some cakes I don’t really like at all.  But if you offer me cake or pie, I’m usually going to go with cake.

That said, there are some pies I get a hankering for every so often.  My all-time favorite pie is Oatmeal Pecan Pie, which is so good that it deserves the capital letters.  I was introduced to this pie at The Upper Krust, and I look for it every time I’m back there.  It’s basically a pecan pie (which are my second favorite kinds of pies) with oatmeal mixed in.  It cuts the sweetness of the syrup a bit, and it is just wonderful.  I haven’t had a piece in years, but I still imagine it every so often.  Someone made me one a few years ago (4, I think) on my birthday, and it was very good.  I keep thinking I will get a recipe and try it myself some day.  In fact, I have some pecans in my freezer right this moment (Texas pecans, even), and I think they are destined to become an Oatmeal Pecan Pie one of these days.  I need an occasion, I think.  As much as I know I could eat the whole thing myself, I don’t think I should.  I like my pecan pies cold.  Most restaurants serve it either hot or room temperature, and neither is okay by me.

Officially, my second-favorite pie is lemon cream.  I say “officially” because there are a lot of times I’m actually more in a mood for lemon cream than for pecan pie.  You know how it is, certain foods fit certain moods.  Lemon cream pie is more of an all-moods kind of pie than pecan is.  If you’re looking for a good version, try out your local Perkins.  They’ve got a very smooth and rich lemon cream pie.  One of the decisions I got to make for the upcoming wedding was the dessert for the rehearsal dinner… and they just happen to have a lemon cream pie at the place we’re holding it.  I did not get to try a sample, unfortunately, so it’s a bit of a gamble, but I’ve had more good lemon cream pies than bad, so I have high hopes.  Sorry, those of you who are coming to the rehearsal dinner and don’t like lemon cream pies.  Perhaps I can eat your pieces, too.  Bring some Oreos, I guess.

I’d never heard of sugar creme pie until I moved to Indiana.  It’s apparently the state pie?  Unofficially, maybe.  It reminds me a lot of pecan pie, if someone scraped all the pecans off the top of it.  It is served either warm or cold and, really, either is fine.  Do yourself a favor, though, and never ever ever have it room temperature. Room temperature sugar creme pie is a bit too phlegm-like for anyone’s good.

I don’t really care for fruit pies (most people don’t count lemon cream in the fruit category, which I think is a ripoff), not even apple.  I can eat apple pies, but I prefer not to.  I still like hot dogs and some Chevrolets, though, so my American-ness is not in question.

For those of you hoping this song title would lead to a discussion of pi instead, I’m sorry to have disappointed you.

4 Comments on “Honey Pie”

  1. madmup says:

    No, not really. Sorry. But I like First Blood Part II and Rocky IV, so that makes up for it.

  2. Someone says:

    Actually, I think it was 5 years ago. And I could probably scrape up the recipe for you if you (or perhaps Megan?) find yourself feeling adventurous…

  3. Mandy says:

    I have never actually had Pecan Pie, but I don’t think I would enjoy it. I don’t like any kind of nut in my dessert food. Just a thing of mine. But the lemon cream pie does sound tasty!

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