Almost time for my date with the Doughboy!

I'm off to Dallas (on American Airlines) very early tomorrow morning. I've gotten lots of calls and emails and comments to wish me luck and I so appreciate them all. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Then, by way of Cookie Madness, who happens to be the 2006 Pillsbury winner, I found a lovely post about the Pillsbury Bake-off contest that included this backhanded compliment:

Kudos to all the participants; hey, at least they’re spending time in the kitchen rather than idling in the takeout lane at McDonald’s.

Gee ... thanks ...

Really, I'm used to people looking down their food snob noses at the Pillsbury Bake-off contest. I'm fine with that. We can argue all you like about whether convenience items belong in a cook's arsenal, and whether General Mills' direction with the contest is appropriate. But this particular post came from a blog on the King Arthur flour Web site.

I think it's one thing for them to run down their arch rival. But to put down the CONTESTANTS? Some of whom are THEIR LOYAL CUSTOMERS?


Yes, I know I'm screaming. Maybe it's the stress of getting ready to leave. Or maybe I need to switch to decaf. I am going to leave a comment on that post. And maybe get rid of my nice comments about their flour on this blog. But for now I need to get ready to leave. I will do my best to post from Dallas.

See y'all later!


Emiline said...

Good luck Tracy! Bring home the bacon!

ServesYouRight said...

Good luck Tracy! Show 'em how its done!


PJH said...

Tracy, BEST OF LUCK at the Bakeoff! Sorry you didn't like my take on it in the blog - didn't mean any disrespect to any of the efforts of any of the contestants. I was just questioning how far away from actual baking some of the recipes have gone... As I said, when one of the finalists is a taco recipe whose only baking is warming taco shells in the oven, well, I find that sad. With all of the great things in the world to bake, surely a baking contest should include something that goes into the oven and is transformed from a simple (or not so simple!) mixture of flour and butter and sugar and chocolate and... into brownies, or cookies, or stuffed calzones. I've totally enjoyed many of the Bakeoff recipes over the years. But yeah, as an employee-owner (one of 168) of the King Arthur Flour company, I'd LOVE to see more Bakeoff recipes that actually use flour! Again, good luck- PJ Hamel, King Arthur Flour blogger

Tracy said...

Emiline and Smita, thanks!

PJ, you apologize like a politician. Response on your blog post to come.