Call Me Wilma Butterdoo By the end of the chat I will have convinced you to eat your Christmas tree… I’m probably about to date myself but I grew up in BPS. Yes, I am from Before Pumpkin Spice. Way back in BPS we didn’t even have “Pumpkin Spice Mix.” It was just known as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg and when we made pumpkin pies we just measured the individual spices. Barbaric, I know. I saw Pumpkin Spice Hummus yesterday and quite frankly I’m shook (okay, I was tempted to try it…but eating strange combinations of food is sorta my kitsch…in the adjective form). I feel that, as humans, it is vitally important to our species that we continue our evolutionary journey and move past the Pumpkin Spice Age. We seemed to have stalled. We made it through the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age, got a PSL, and went vegan. Come On humans! We can do this! Abandoning pumpkin spice might not be very hip of me but to be honest I thought Ariana Grande was a font on WordPerfect till I saw her on TV the other day. But what new and exciting flavor could possibly replace pumpkin spice? Then it hit me… “Wilma, maybe you can do something with pine…” Pine-Time Adventures The next day I was spotted eating trees in the backyard. When asked I replied, “Looking for the best tasting tree” as I shoved more pine needles in my mouth. (Note: There are some trees you shouldn’t eat. Stick to the very distinctive, easily identified Blue Spruce and you can chew with confidence. They are blue.) I’m happy to report that pine trees are yummy, but Blue Spruce has the best flavor of them all. Blue Spruce tastes exactly how a Christmas tree smells, except it has more of a citrusy herbaceous quality to it. I used it to make an Italian Meringue Buttercream and a Blue Spruce Orange Curd. It is just different enough to make people pause but ever so Christmassy and wintery that people will be impressed. Plus, it’s high in Vitamin C! Who knew? Sourcing your Blue Spruce can be tricky. Sure, there’s always the Christmas tree lot that you can taste your way through, but I personally wouldn’t. I don’t know this for a fact, but I bet those trees are sprayed with pesticides and preservatives. I wouldn’t risk it. I wouldn’t buy any from a tree store either. If you have one planted in your yard and know its history, give it a taste. Lick it. Tickle its pinecones. Just kidding. I just wanted to see if you would do it. I paired the Blue Spruce Curd and Buttercream with a Cranberry White Chocolate Cake and it was delicious! The tart cranberry and the sweet white chocolate are familiar and comfortable with each other. Please give this delicious new take on Yes, sometimes I call myself Wilma. Wilma Butterdoo. (Say it out loud. I’ll wait.) It makes me giggle. I spend a lot of time alone. Don’t judge.
“ I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT PINE TREES ARE YUMMY , BUT BLUE SPRUCE HAS THE BEST FLAVOR OF THEM ALL. BLUE SPRUCE TASTES EXACTLY HOW A CHRISTMAS TREE SMELLS, EXCEPT IT HAS MORE OF A CITRUSY HERBACEOUS QUALITY TO IT. ”
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