Monday, April 13, 2009

Last Rounds

At this point, I'm really over this whole March Madness food thing. This is really clogging up my blog, preventing me from putting out other posts. I've got a huge backlog that I really wanna get out, so let's just finish this tournament in one fell swoop.

4th Round

Carbs
Sweet potato versus apple
Apple is the iconic, the legendary, the all-American. In the fall, I can go and pick apples nearby, and never run out of uses for them. Apple pie, apple butter, applesauce, apple crumble, the list continues. I fancy sweet potatoes, but I doubt I'd write a two sentence ode to them like I've just done above. Apples are going to the final four!

Meat
Short Ribs versus Duck Confit
Short Ribs are tender, succulent, fatty, savory. Duck confit is all those things, + crispy and salty. Duck confit wins.

Carbs
Pizza versus Mac and Cheese.
Mac and cheese is great and comforting, don't get me wrong, but when they take on the powerhouse pizza they have no chance. Pizza is just so cheap, so readily available, so convenient to eat. Yea there are plenty of crappy pizzerias, but usually when I'm looking for pizza I'm not goin gourmet. And that's fine. Pizza is so good, that it doesn't need to be good to be good. In other words, pizza is just so overall fantastic, that it doesn't need to be of high quality, to hit the spot. Plus, I can just drive on over to my friendly neighborhood pizzeria and get mac and cheese pizza, and it doesn't get better than that.

Desserts
Apple Pie versus Choco Chip cookies
These are two of my favorite things to make from scratch, but I think it's the fact that 75% of the time that I see choco chip cookies, they're not homemade. Whether it be artificial grocery store variety, or nestle slice and bake, I feel choco chip cookies have been relegated in society. The apple pie I eat is almost always homemade so we kinda share a connection. AP wins.

5th Round
Apple versus Duck Confit
I think every round, and rightfully so, I bring up that pull-apart texture, and fatty goodness of duck confit. I dream of duck confit. I want to take baths in duck confit. Bathing in apple juice? Eh not my cup of tea. DC goes to the finals.

Pizza versus Apple Pie
Pizza has always been good, but apple pie has always been GREAT. It's that special treat that I make with grandmom, that I indulge in only every so often, but when I do, its fulfilling and memorable. When I indulge in pizza,,,, not so much. AP in the finals!!

Finals
Duck Confit versus Apple Pie
Here is it. This is what we've all been waiting for (or trying to get over with) THE FINALS of this 64-food tournament. Duck Confit has fought its way here, destroying tough-to-beat pork belly, and finger-lickin-good fried chicken. Apple pie has had no easy road either, beating cinnamon buns and most recently the powerhouse pizza. So who has what it takes to be crowned the ultimate food? Apple pie is special to me. It always has been and it always will be. Duck confit is more of the cute girl I recently picked up off the street, that I'm obsessed with now, but will soon enough forget about. Though I will once more sing its praises, fatty, tender, succulent, crispy, satisfying, apple pie is my old standby. The winner of the 2009 March Madness of Food is APPLE PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Regular posting will now resume. Thank Goodness.

8 comments:

cook eat FRET said...

i just want to taste that particular apple pie... like seriosuly.

cook eat FRET said...

seriosuly???

James said...

Apple pie always wins the day.

Apple pie with duck confit, now there's an idea.....

cookingat11 said...

better yet, a pot pie with Duck Confit

Jumper said...

Think about apricot pie.

Anonymous said...

just brilliant - fun and great! Can't wait for the backlog of posts. I've recently mastered braised short ribs....you've inspired me to shoot for duck confit next!

craigkite said...

The win goes to apple pie, but it has a strong assist from three year old Pinconning cheddar

Nick N said...

cook eat fret: Indeed you must!