Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Happy Birdday!

All hail the cherry-custard birthday pie.

Growing up in the Thompson family (even though my mom always said my "real" father was J. Paul Getty) you got to design a dinner menu of your favorite foods for your birthday dinner. Every year on my birthday for as long as I can recollect, I'd eat two of my favorite things: barbecued spare ribs and my mom's cherry-custard pie. I have been known to go to extreme lengths to eat these foods on my special natal day. Or to enjoy them as near to it as I possibly can.

Several years recently I've been in Guatemala on my birthday, birding with my friends from there and visiting from the U.S. In those years, I substituted Guatemalan food for the ribs and Gallo cerveza for the pie. As soon as I got home, we'd have the March Thompson family birthdays, and I'd get my fave foods.

This year I'll be away again, so my dear mother baked me the world's most amazing pie early, and I ate two pieces for breakfast this morning (time shift acknowledgment, I am writing this on March 1 for posting on March 3). OH MY LORDY THAT'S GOOD PIE.... and if you were here, reaching for the last piece or even for a bit of the crust left on my plate, I'd warn you about losing a limb. My mom makes the word's best pie crust, there's just no debate.

My mom sometimes burns the birthday pie to appease the dark kitchen gods.

So happy bird day to my fellow March thirders: John Kogge, Ron Tuffel, Valerie Butler, Holly Wallinger, Ton Loc, Alexander Graham Bell, Jessica Biel, Jean Harlow, Snowy White, Robyn Hitchcock, Ira Glass, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (same year!), Herschel Walker (same year!), Seomoon Tak, and L'il Flip.

And thanks to Catbird, mi madre, for the pie! I love you!

—#1 Son.

BOTB and Elsa "Catbird" Thompson

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17 Comments:

At 5:50 AM, Blogger cyberthrush said...

Where were the 39 candles???

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger RuthieJ said...

Your Mom Rocks! That pie looks awesome!
(I suppose the pie is a secret family recipe that's never shared either, right?)

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

Happy birthday, Bill. You were missed in Guatemala this year! We thought of you when we whooped it up in Toliman.

Hope you're having an excellent trip.

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Maureen said...

Happy Birthday!

 
At 8:38 AM, Anonymous MaineBirder said...

Happy birthday Bill!

Your moms pies sure look delicious, but I value my limbs!

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

That pic of your mom is amazing. Happy b-day!

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger ljn12208 said...

Do I dare ask where the "Catbird" nickname comes from?

...and Happy B-Day!

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Jeanne said...

The pie looks great, cherry is one of my favorites also, but I've never had a cherry custard sounds great. Hope you can share the recipe with all, Leslie's Mom

 
At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many Birthday WISHES Just For You!!

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger littleorangeguy said...

I've always thought cherry pie was the perfect breakfast food but now I may have to branch further afield to custard. That looks like good squishy.

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger NatureWoman said...

Happy Birthday Bill!!

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger KGMom said...

Wow--that cherry pie looks wonderful!
Happy Birthday, Bill Thompson III. And many many more!

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Feliz cumpleaños, BOTB! Did you know today is also Square Root Day? Yep, 3-3-09. I hope that adds a little extra special-ness to your day. :)

Love the pics of your mom, btw!

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Sweet! Catbird, thank you.

 
At 11:30 PM, Blogger Janet Creamer said...

Happy Birthday Bill! I always ask for cobbler on my birthday. This year my sister made my favorite- blackberry.

 
At 7:34 PM, Blogger Heron said...

RuthieJ is right, "Your Mom Rocks !"
Happy Birthday BOTB ! Rockin' on to many more.

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

Happy Birthday! I get cherry pie every year on my birthday also. My mom started the tradition because I was born on George Washington's birthday, and we all know about George and his cherry tree...

 

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