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Comment of the week: 'Torture pie'

The winning commenter will get this. (Jonathan Ernst for The Washington Post)

Last week on Twitter, I announced an effort to encourage more conversation on our blog. Taking a cue from our Free Range chat, I'd be picking our favorite comment each week from the blog and giving that reader a free cookbook. Nothing like a little positive reinforcement to get the discussion going, right?

Well, we have our first winner: a reader who goes by the name LeDroitPark, who said this about Domenica Marchetti's pizza rustica post:

We call this Easter Pie, too. But I thought of it as torture pie growing up. My grandmother, aunts, mother and I gathered to make it on Good Friday. It's no fun chopping all the meat when I wasn't allowed to taste it! I still have my aunt's handwritten recipe with hints like "make your own measurement to know how much filling to use. Mom (rest her soul) didn't tell me so I judge also." Thanks for publishing this and bringing back some great memories!

"Torture pie" made me laugh, so there you go. An easy decision this week.

LDP will get one of our favorite cookbooks of 2009: "Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking," by Paula Wolfert (Wiley). Now, we're not going to go all Big Brother on you and try to find out your identity to reach you for this giveaway purpose, so, LeDroitPark, it's up to you to make yourself known so we can get you the book. Send your mailing information to us at, and keep reading (and cooking).

-- Joe Yonan

By Joe Yonan  |  April 2, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Comment of the Week  | Tags: Joe Yonan, comments  
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