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MasterChef: Easy as Apple Pie

Ahh, I can’t even  explain how happy I am to have MasterChef back in my life.  Two words, friends: food pictures.  Get ready for ’em.

Now, if you’re new to MasterChef the show has an alternating format.  (Find out what that means over here.)  This week’s episode started with a Mystery Box Challenge.  This mystery box had a bit of a twist, though!  Instead of all using the same ingredients, each home cook got a different mystery box.  Yup, 22 boxes of different ingredients.  Everyone seemed super happy because these ingredients were the things they left in their fridges when they left for MasterChef!  Veronica is the only one not excited, because she cooks a lot of different things at home and her ingredients didn’t quite go together.  Anyway, the home cooks get to work.  Gordon, Graham, and Christina taste as they cook and choose their top three for a final taste.  They select:

Katrina, Dan, and Hetal

Katrina, Dan, and Hetal

Out of those three, they pick a winner: Dan!  He gets a major advantage in the Elimination Test.  In the pantry, Christina has prepared an elaborate and drool-worthy display of desserts, but explains that she will be asking each home cook to bake an apple pie for its technical merits.  Dan doesn’t have to cook, but gets another advantage.  He comes out with a bag of apples and hands them out to some of the home cook– these people also don’t have to cook and are safe!  Only nine home cooks remain to bake apple pie.

Results are fairly good, especially for a baking challenge!  Here’s how the 9 do:


(L to R, top to bottom)

  • There were initial doubts about Veronica’s pie with it’s graham cracked crushed into the crust.  She calls it a simply apple pie, eliciting a laugh for Gordon.  It turns out to be delicious!
  • Christopher used 5 tbsp on corn starch to make his bourbon thick.  He talks himself in circles, gets defensive, borderline insults Chef Ramsay until Ramsay finally tells him he’s funny and he was trying to get him to lighten up!  His pie is absolutely delicious.
  • The same can not be said for Olivia’s pie.  The goat cheese was a bad choice.  Christina suggests it could’ve worked with ricotta or mascarpone.
  • Derek’s pie is delicious, but there aren’t enough apples.
  • Steven’s pie has a delicious apple filling, but the crust tastes raw.
  • Charlie too has a good filling and a lovely crust, but lacks technique.
  • Mateo’s pie crumbles as Gordon cuts into it.  The slice falls apart on the fork.  The apples are too thick and crust too thin, and the flavor isn’t about the apples.
  • Graham calls Sarah’s pie a slice of autumn!  Other words he uses are “textbook,” and “delicious!”
  • Brianna’s pie is very, very watery.  Christina likens it to apple soup.

The winner of the apple pie challenge is Christopher!  Remember this for next week, kids.  Then of course, there’s bad news too.  Olivia, Mateo, and Brianna are called out for the bottom three.  Mateo and Brianna are eliminated.

With 20 home cooks still in the kitchen, it’s anyone’s game!  We really haven’t even met everyone yet.  I can’t wait for more!  Who’s with me?

The Piemaker


In honor of tomorrow being Pi Day (as in π, 3.14159 and so on), I’m talking about a different pie today.  If you haven’t seen Pushing Daisies, you are seriously missing out.  This show was undisputedly cancelled too soon.  It’s everything I like in a show: visually stunning, detectives and mysteries, musical elements, and a little bit of creepy!

Ned, The Piemaker, (Lee Pace) has the ability to bring things back from the dead with one touch.  Another touch and boom: dead forever.  Leave someone alive for too long (over one minute) and someone else dies.  He is the owner of The Pie Hole, as in shut your.

Fellow employee Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth) is in love with The Piemaker, and thankfully her feelings occasionally manifest in song.  Olive Snook is one of my favorite TV characters and my spirit animal.

Ned uses his reincarnation power to solve mysteries with Private Eye, Emerson Cod (Chi McBride).  When Ned brings back his childhood sweetheart, a girl named Chuck (Anna Friel), he can’t bring himself to let her die.  Chuck’s agoraphobic aunts (Ellen Green and Swoozie Kurtz) are weird and wonderful, bringing more love and fun into this little show.

Pushing Daisies is a quirky, colorful adventure.  I cannot stress enough that you need to watch this show!

If you have Amazon Prime, the two seasons that make up the series are on Instant Video for free.  If you haven’t taken advantage of the 30-day free trial offer, I suggest you do!


On a very loosely related note, fun fact: MIT choses to celebrate this mathematical constant by releasing its admission decisions on this day!  I think that statement alone accurately encompasses the spirit of MIT– such a neat place!  Good luck to any applicants out there!