John called his parents to get Omi's "secret" pecan pie recipe, Wendy and Clay searched the Internet and the many recipe books on our shelves, while I tried to be resourceful and make a pie with ingredients we had on hand. We gave ourselves 30 minutes to come up with a pie and then went grocery shopping. I must admit I thought I would win hands down because I was the only one that had ever made a pie by myself. But the Hollands proved to be quite the competitors.
Each person had a designated cooking spot in the kitchen as to deter sabotage and stealing of ideas. There was a fervor of activity that lead to one almost-disastrous crust, one not-quite-cooked-in-the-middle pie, one is-that-ever-going-to-be-ready pie, and the oops-I-forgot-the-vanilla pie. Thankfully the only causalties were my clean stove and kitchen.
Clay: Buttermilk Chocolate Chip
Andrea: Rasberry Peach w/Streusel Topping
Wendy: Key Lime Cheesecake
John: Chocolate Pecan
Nostalgia Factor: Andrea
Best Overall: Clay's Buttermilk Surprise
Best Aroma: Andrea (Cinnamon and Brown Sugar just smell better)
Aphrodisiac: Clay (it was creamy, gooey, and it felt a little wrong enjoying it so much)
Short Bus Award: Clay (I'm not sure what this really means)
Best Presentation: Wendy
Miss Congeniality: Andrea (friendliest competitor)
Honorable mention goes to John's Chocolate Pecan Pie - it was the first one to go.