Cow Pattie Cuisine
[ kou, pat-ee, kwi-zeen]
cow pat•tie cui•sine
1. a style of cooking noted for its bastardization of a recipe particularly in the absence of specified ingredients;
2. an elementary approach to cooking;
3. of or pertaining to the Pioneer Woman
Yesterday the Pioneer Woman re-hashed retro yet again. Her (or someone else’s) recipe for Key Lime Pie leads with a shout out to the critics as Drummond warns the “strict adherents” this version does not contain anything remotely resembling Key West’s native citrus. Then why call it Key Lime Pie?
It totally escapes me how someone could name a recipe for something it lacks. Unlike widely available Persian limes, Key limes have limited distribution outside their local growing regions. Their flavor and texture have a unique acidity making substitution an option but not one guaranteed to produce the same results. Is it thinking too much outside the box to call a pie made with regular lime juice something like um… Lime Pie? Lime Tart maybe?
The answer appears to be buried deep inside the psyche of a very insecure woman. One who went to great lengths to spin her Bartlesville hometown (population 36,000) as a “cultured, corporate” place but can’t change the name of a dessert to reflect its ingredients. Using the lime tart moniker might smack of elitism and alienate a portion of the fan base. Something like plain old lime pie borders on well, banal. In the end, Key Lime Pie wins out…minus its namesake component. And the all important image remains intact.