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on June 8, 2015

2nd annual pieathalon

When Yinzerella from Dinner is Served 1972 invited me to participate in the 2nd Annual Pieathalon, I was totally in.  I mean, who doesn’t like pie?  As the assignment loomed near, I began to get a little nervous.  There’s a lot of good retro pie recipes, but then again what if I got a vintage horror with hot dogs, gelatine, pickles or Spam (or all of the above?!)

And dice roll:  Rose’s Pasta Cheese Pie.  Big exhale.  I got pasta!  And cheese! (and not even pimento or American!).  What luck! 

This beauty is from Saucy Cherie at Cookbook Cherie.  She writes:

“Here is my beloved submission:
Rose’s Pasta Cheese Pie is retro, but ’80s retro. I clipped the recipe from a magazine in the early 1980s from my favourite restaurant at the time, 4th Street Rose. It was my city’s first California casual resto, with then-mind-blowing fusion and healthy California cuisine. And it was the hottest spot in the city for years.
This rich, savoury pie was legend. Great for brunch, for lunch or for a summer night’s dinner. Paired with a green, puckery salad and a gorgeous glass of wine, it makes a great meal. Better if you are hearing Culture Club or The Police in the background!
I like to think the recipe was inspired by Alice Waters at Chez Panisse or some wonderful California hot spot, as the creator of this recipe made frequent reconnaissance trips there.
It’s tempting to add something more to this dish: thyme, other veggies, trendier cheese, caramelized onions. But just try it on its own and savour its simplicity. Best served barely warmed/room temperature.”

Pasta Cheese Pie

It sounded fantastic, but a bit intimidating.  With most of the recipes I make, I can just make fun of the Kraft or the random community cookbook submitter if the recipe goes wrong, but Cherie knows how this one should look so if it fails, it’s all on me.  And who wants to destroy someone’s beloved recipe?

With that kind of pressure, I decided to make my pie for a girl’s movie night (Now and Then) and potluck.  That way, my dearest friends can make fun of me first if I flub the recipe.

Now for the results:

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As plated:


Yeah, it was delicious.  Simple, but rich and satisfying. It disappeared quickly.  I followed the recipe to a T and I pretty sure I didn’t dishonor Cherie’s beloved memory (hopefully).  Thanks for the awesome submission Saucy Cherie!

Check out the rest of the Pieathaletes!

12 responses to “Pieathalon!

  1. Sherri Zickefoose says:

    Wow! You did a fantastic job: looks just like the Pasta Cheese Pie I remember! That cheese pastry is so good, right?!


  2. S. S. says:

    That looks like a baked macaroni only better.


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  5. Mmmmmmm cheeeeeeeeeese


  6. tarynnicole says:

    Hi Heather, this looks and sounds amazing. I’m stealing that recipe and making it next week! Looks like you and Saucy Cherie came up with an absolute winner! xx


  7. Yinzerella says:

    So, essentially a mac & cheese pie?
    That sounds damn good!
    Thank you for joining–I’ll let you know if there are any future challenges!

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  8. Poppy says:

    That looks WAAAAY better than the cheese pie I submitted.


  9. Cheese plus more cheese – looks absolutely divine!


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