Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chocolate Catfight

Ha, ha - not really, but it's all about the headline, isn't it? My favorite recent newspaper headline was "Deranged Killer on the Loose." Now there's something you don't see every day! Apparently some mental patient who killed an old lady back in the 80's gave his keepers the slip when they took him to a local county fair. Okay - I'm thinking when you say "Deranged Killer" people are dying, like, NOW. He was caught a couple days later trying to turn himself in. Can you say - "Overreaction?" Poor guy missed the county fair for nothing.

Back to the catfight.

The Sorbet Sistahs - continuing our fight for truth, justice, and the death of sorbet, made a trip to 518 West, the restaurant where my Williams-Sonoma chef presents his Millionaire Pie - described as: chocolate glazed peanut butter mousse on a graham cracker crust served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce...

Here's a picture:

Now this looks freakin' amazing, yes? Well, Tracy and I thought, "Not so much." Here's the deal - there are two slabs of fudge-like chocolate surrounding the peanut butter mousse. These are NOT mentioned in the description, I might add. Now, I love chocolate as much, if not more, than the next person. Hell, I'm writing this insane blog about it, for Church of Chocolate's sake! But this was too much - the slabs were too thick and too rich. This is what I did to my pie:

I scraped off the chocolate to get to the graham cracker crust and the peanut butter. Let me say that again - I scraped off the chocolate. If it were lighter - more like frosting - or thinner, I would have been all over it! But this was too much. It overpowered the peanut butter. Tracy and I were disappointed. We MUCH preferred the peanut butter mousse we had at our last gathering of the Sistahs.

However, Beth - who had wanted to split desserts - which Tracy and I IMMEDIATELY rejected (we had been dreaming of our own plates of Millionaire Pie all day) loved this thing. She thought it was great and ate every bit of hers. In true Sorbet Sistah's spirit she mocked me for leaving so much chocolate on my plate. I do agree it was a waste, but hey, sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

So - the lesson? Even the Sorbet Sistahs - united in their hatred of sorbet, don't always agree. One size does not fit all. That's why you have to find your own way through life - trying things until you find what works for you. You can ask for and receive advice, but your own experience is always the best teacher.

That's me, Tracy and Beth - after the catfight. In October we're planning to go to the State Fair and look for deranged killers.


jeff said...


After that headline, couldn't y'all have at least rassled around some?

Denise Ryan said...

Bwah, ha, ha - Jeff great to hear from you!!!!

diane said...

Well I'm glad you dissected it. I kept looking the advertised whipped cream. I think you're right about the chocolate. They should read what you've been saying about Reese's! ;)

Denise Ryan said...

Diane, I wished you lived closer - you would be a great Sorbet Sistah!!!

d j / s p l i t said...

Denise, you know I love you, BUT...

Sorbet kicks some ass. There, I've said it. I don't know what kinda sorbet they rock there down south, but around here we get insane fresh seasonal flavors all over the place. And while I agree that it's not as exciting a dessert as your beloved chocolate explosion, to me at least, it's damn tasty!

I actually made a fresh lemon, lime and pomegranate sorbet with fresh mint a few weeks ago-can you say "sour"????!! Awesome.

-Jonny Guru

Denise Ryan said...

Jonny, I think the girls are going to have to pay you a visit. You might be our new arch enemy. ; )