Ask Dayton 54 – Nobody Better Touch My French Silk Pie
Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas, I’m sorry, “holiday” season is here, as we can tell from all the annoying damn ads that started months ago. UGH.
Anyway, what are your favorite holiday treats? Do you deep fry your turkey? At this time of year how do you prepare your ham? Does Mrs. Dayton make a cookie or cake you just have to have every year? If so, would you share the recipe with us? Thanks.
P.S. – What did you think of the TNG event in the theater for season two?
Deep fry a turkey? Oh, hell no. Haven’t you ever seen an episode of those reality shows with video clips of stupid people doing stupid shit? World’s Dumbest Backyard Boneheads, or whatever? Morons try deep-frying a turkey and end up burning an entire apartment complex to the ground. If I attempted something like that, they’d have to send in a containment team to make sure I don’t unleash the plague that brings on the zombie uprising. They’d have to dust off and nuke the whole site from orbit, just to be sure.
When it comes to holiday eating, we tend to do turkey on Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas. Nothing fancy; just baking one up right in the oven, along with all the usual side dishes and maybe a few extra treats provided by friends and relatives. As for favorite holiday treats, my next-door neighbor never disappoints with a tray of peanut butter fudge that is to die for, and by that I mean if you touch my peanut butter fudge I’ll fucking kill you. As I once mentioned during a previous “Ask Dayton” question, I do love pie, particularly French Silk pie, and this is one of the rare times during the year that I splurge, diet-wise, in order to enjoy this most luscious of dessert offerings. There’s a remote possibility I might share my French Silk pie with you, assuming you meet one of the following qualifications: 1) You’re one of my kids, or 2) You gave birth to my kids. Bear in mind that meeting either of these criteria does not guarantee access to my French Silk pie, but your chances are vastly better than anyone who fails to meet either standard.
As for the recipe to French Silk pie? That’s an easy one: Somebody brings me French Silk pie, and I shove it into my pie hole. Repeat.
Moving on to the post-script portion of this week’s question: Who here attended the Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 celebration this past Thursday at a local theater, in honor of the forthcoming season set release on Blu ray? I attended a screening here in Kansas City with my hetero life mate, Kevin Dilmore. Now, we also went to the similar event back in July, staged for the first season Blu ray release, but that one we did more out of a sense of “Trekkie obligation” more than anything else. The episodes they selected for the first go-around, “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Datalore,” aren’t two of my favorites, but the high-definition re-mastering was still quite something to behold.
However, this time? I was very excited to check out “Q Who?” and “The Measure of a Man” on the big screen. The latter is one of my favorite episodes across any of the series, and it also was the first time I along with most people got to see an extended cut of the episode, with twelve or thirteen minutes of footage which originally was trimmed in order to fit TV broadcast running time. That alone was worth the time and money to watch at the theater.
Some people might wonder why anyone would bother to go to the movies to watch stuff like this, when it is (or shortly will be) readily available for home viewing. My response to that is “Pffft.” I feel the same way about this that I do going to see older movies at the theater, even though I have the DVD on my shelf: sometimes we’re talking about something that just deserves to be seen on a big screen whenever opportunity presents itself, or—in the case of something like this—you go for the sense of community and fandom to be found as we all enjoy a common experience. Trekkies are particularly cool in this regard, which makes screenings like this so much more fun than simply throwing the disc into my player at home.
For those who didn’t get to attend the screening, it included a teaser for the forthcoming Season 3 set. Which episodes got a lot of play? “Yesterday’s Enterprise” and “The Best of Both Worlds.” Two words: HOLY. SHIT. I’m already offering up sacrificial virgins to the Gods of Trek in the hopes that either or both of these are included in any planned “Season 3 celebration” theater events.
So, now I kinda want to watch me some Trek, and I’ve got a hankering for French Silk pie, preferably delivered by a sacrificial virgin. Somebody look into that.
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