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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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August 05, 2008


In our defense, it was called a "caramel pie," which led to our expectations of something more pie-like.

Wow... that looks incredibly rich. Did you have a side of insulin to go with it?

"What is pie?"

Interesting question. I'm in full-blown procrastination mode over here, so let me give it a shot.

"Pie" is the cutest name for a dessert. It's cute and sweet and light. Weightless. Like "sky." Lots of air-pockets in the crust. Light, flaky, silly. The fillings are "pieces parts." Blueberries, strawberries, apples, etc., all cut up, bits and pieces creating a whole through...through...through...what? I'm at a loss for words. The "syrup" that is created when baking. Sauce, syrup, whatever. And that has fluidity and movement. The very edge of the pie-crust is my least favorite. And that makes sense. It's the "weighty" part of the pie. The solid part.

Cake is more solid, heavy, dense. The word is weight-y. Compact. Thick. Cake is dependable -- it marks off every year!

Pie is more of a sweet surprise.

So, here's my conclusion:

Pie = Puppy Love

Cake = Serious commitment


Does anyone else ever think of this?

Of Joey from Friends saying to Chandler...

"Please pass the pie."

He did it in a funny voice. We say it around this house all the time. :)

BG, in regards to your thoughts on pie, I sent this to you via email, but I thought I'd post it here, to keep the convo going.

I think pie is homier than cake - it's connected to grandmothers' hands and warm kitchens and cake is more out on the town - it's the party-goer, bedazzled with candles and frosting.

Yep, pie is definitely more soulful. I have fun when I'm making cake, but when I make pie, I feel like I'm doing something more somber and am connected to generations before. Sounds goofy, but it's true.

Pie equal puppy love?

What does puppy love equal?

I don't care about the form here at all: if it's caramel, I love it.

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