Tuesday, January 13, 2009

An Interview Over Pie and Coffee

Ingredients for sour orange pie!

Stevie Wren interviewed me today! She posted an interview she had with Willow, and then asked if any of her readers would like to participate. I accepted Stevie's invitation, and thought it would be nice to make a dessert for Stevie's visit. You may have noticed that I've had an orange theme going the last few days, and thought that a sour orange pie would be a nice surprise.

Florida cook books from my collection. Yummy stuff!

I browsed through my collection of Florida cookbooks, and found the recipe in my copy of Keys Cuisine. I don't have a recipe for sour orange pie, but the Key Lime pie recipe in the cookbook is what I use. I substitute sour orange juice for key lime juice and the rest of the recipe is exactly the same. I'll share the recipe tomorrow after I take a picture of a slice of pie. It's cooling in the refrigerator.

A pie that's worth the effort!

So, after Stevie and I talked a while and enjoyed the freshly made pie, we got down to business.

These are the questions Stevie asked, and the answers I supplied:


1. You have a wonderful sense of humor. ( Thank you, Stevie!) Please name a comic that makes you bust out in belly laughter. What is it about his or her brand of humor that you attracts you?

The late Gilda Radner is my all time favorite. I loved the way she could lose herself completely in those riotous characters of hers, especially Roseanne Roseannadanna. She was those characters. When Rosanne showed up on the screen I'd start laughing just because she was there. I think I herniated my tonsils a few times from laughing so hard. Gilda's energy, enjoyment of her characters and her humor were what I loved about her.
2. Name 3 words, besides I love you, which have had the most influence on your life.

You are accepted....

In my professional life I was a goal setter. I've had many huge disappointments, but I've also had many happy occasions where I actually achieved the goal I set out to get. Promotions, new jobs, transfers, awards and a college degree. The acceptance into whatever goal that was always inspired me to set another challenge for myself and also to savor the moment knowing that it wasn't just handed over to me. I set out on paper what I would do, followed the plan and got the reward in the end.
3. What is your favorite genre of books and who is your favorite author?

I read a lot and no particular genre. What I don't read are self help books (which explains a lot) and romance novels. I usually have two or three books going at a time. I just finished So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz ( who also wrote Drowning Ruth which I highly recommend). I'm reading Dashiel Hammett's Maltese Falcon and Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen.

If I have to choose just one author as my all time favorite it would be Eudora Welty.

4. What historical conversation would you liked to have attended as a fly on the wall and why.

I would have attended the Yalta Conference and listened while Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin discussed Europe's postwar reorganization and the re-establishment of nations conquered by Germany. I would like to have had the opportunity to listen in on just how these leaders planned to manage this incredible task of putting things back where they belonged after the ravages of that war.

5. I read on your blog that you are one of seven children. How do you think growing up in a big family shaped you as an adult.
I could talk for a month on this subject, but in a nutshell, I learned to share, I learned patience, the importance of Independence and how nice it is to be all by myself once in a while. I still to this day revel in alone time. A hermit at heart. My place in the family and how I was treated/felt as though I was being treated presented me with the opportunity to cull many good qualities but at the same time instilled a need for constant reaffirmation of my self worth.
That's it! Finish your pie, Stevie I'm finished talking. Thank you for the challenging questions!
Alright, readers, would you like me to interview you?
If you do, here are the rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the qluestions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


Sandy said...

Well I enjoyed that a lot. Gilda.. oh yes, she was the queen in my opinion.

One of seven kids. wow...how many bathrooms did you have.

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

When you had the Key Lime Pie cookbook displayed my husband almost crawled over me to see it. He LOVES key Lime! I'm an apple pie girl myself.

Gilda Radner is one of my fav's too. I cryed when she passed on. I miss her humor and wonderful way of getting lost in a character. Notice how husband and fellow comedian Gene Wilder lost his edge when she died? He misses her too. I can tell.

Those where good questions and I loved your answers! You're also quite good at being focused on a goal and/or answer and getting it done with good humor. You are the Head Wit Meister of Bloggyland! ♥ ∞

steviewren said...

I loved Gilda too! She was an original. Her early death was tragic (all early deaths are tragic). The comedy world hasn't been the same. I cut out this quote of her's and put it in my quote journal..."I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end." It is kind of a sad quote but it rings so true. Bless her funny heart.

I love your three words. Those words are important to me too. I didn't ever really hear them very much in my marriage and it left me wanting...so I can identify.

I identify with you love of alone time too. If I go too long without time alone I turn into such a crab...which is a good way to get people to go away and leave you alone!

Thanks for the pie Cynthia. It was delish! And thanks for allowing me to interview you.

lmerie said...

Another fun post! Your cook books excited - a whole cookbook on Grits? Gotta find one! And the Cross Creek one! I love that place! We took a field trip in high school and I love the memories that brought back. It was great ordering frog legs from the restaurant there - grossed out others, but hey, good Florida frog legs can't be beat. I have thought recently thought about taking my boys.

Looking forward to the sour orange pie recipe!

MuseSwings said...

That's how I learned to share, Sandy - we only had one bathroom.

nanatrish said...

I certainly missed reading your humor. I have needed to chuckle. Work is so worky. I like to have fun and blogging is fun to me. I loved your interview. You and Stevie are so darling. I wish I could have been there to, but I think I would have had to pass on the pie. I don't know how to control myself with pie. I always get it in my head that if a little tastes good, a lot will be better. Hence, my lack of self-control with sweets. Missed you, Cyn

MuseSwings said...

Trish! I have missed you too - lots! So good to hear from you! (don't tell a SOUL, but the Mister and I each ate 2 (two) pieces of pie) Hugs darlin'!

soulbrush said...

great answers of course. you are an intellectual dahling!

Debby said...

LAVIE! Is Mr. Khan a charactor from one of your nebulous wanderings into the nefarious world of dark alleys and shady dealings?

Good questions, Stevie. Good answers, Muse.

MuseSwings said...

Debby - that's the second time Mr. Khan has commented from the dark alleys of the Cazzbahr. I think you're right in your assumption. I'm going to delete him since he is obviously attempting to set up a deal with Lavie - she's always been in charge of ..uhm...negotiations.

Jeanne said...

Also one of 7 kids -- we got along fine with 2 bathrooms. Of course we grew up with parents who didn't have indoor plumbing growing up, so not much sympathy for whining about that.