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January 30, 2013 

The last piece of pecan pie.


  • More information MORE ON PIE Click here to read Susan Ardis’ Carolina Kitchen column on pies.

Occasionally I get calls from readers about my columns.

Last Wednesday I got a call from Mr. Richard Moseley. The conversation went something like this:

Mr. Moseley: Do you bake pies?

Me: Yes, sir.

Mr. Moseley: Is your father the one that makes the pecan pies?

Me: Yes, sir.

Mr. Moseley: I think I bake the better pecan pie. Would you like to sample one?

Me: Why, yes sir. Thank you.

Mr. Moseley: I’ll bring one by tomorrow.

After that conversation ended, I called my dad. This is an edited version of that conversation:

Me: Hey, do you know a Mr. Richard Moseley? He bakes pecan pies.

Dad: (pausing) Yessss. I know Mr. Moseley. He thinks his pies are better than my pies. Why?

Me: ’Cause he’s bringing a pecan pie to the paper tomorrow for me to sample.

Dad: OK. ... Did you know he lives around the corner from me?

Evidently I have inadvertently unearthed a pecan pie “rivalry” with each gentleman boasting that his is the “best pie you’ve ever eaten.”

Both gentlemen-of-a-certain-age have been baking pies for 12 years or more and have tweaked their recipes over that time. Mr. Moseley let it slip that he and my dad actually swapped pies a few years back (I would have loved to have been there for THAT conversation).

Anyway, that got me to thinking that there must be more folks out there who carry on friendly recipe rivalries of their own.

Now, you don’t (necessarily) have to divulge secret recipes, but I’d like to hear from you. Who makes the better deviled eggs? best barbecue? better ... whatever? Drop me a line at or catch me on Twitter, @foodsusan

As for the pecan pie ... Mr. Moseley’s is sweeter but my dad’s is nuttier. I’ll have to call it a draw.

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