Nov 27-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: November: Nov 27-11
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 07:58 am:

In my spare time on Thanksgiving I did a little Google-ing to see who is linking to Pasty Central these days. I used to do this more in the early years, as we were trying to get the word out about the website. Then somewhere along the way took on a life of its own, and links started appearing everywhere. Weather sites, TV stations, magazines, travel and tourism, history websites, etc. But I'm seeing more "bloggers" these days reference the daily pictures, contest, Bridge Cam, Golden Pasty links and more. (Whoops... I see the Bridge Cam needs a kick start again). One blog I stumbled on bemoaned the fact that while we had pictures of everything else in Upper Michigan, there were few photos of actual pasties.

Coincidentally this week I also received this high resolution shot hot out of the oven, taken by Daryl Laitila. (The Bridge Cam happens to live in her upstairs bedroom window, by the way.) I have rarely seen a picture that actually exudes aroma, but if you stare long enough at this megapixel original, you will soon not only breathe a wave of that savory fresh-baked fragrance, but you will actually taste the rich flaky crust and mouth-watering mixture of meat, potatoes, rutabaga, onions, pepper, and carrots (unless, of course, you're of the Cornish persuasion). But you have to really look close at each pasty on the pan to experience this. Be careful that none of that hot butter drips on your keyboard.

Also coincidentally this month I received a note from one of my favorite pasty bakers, Joyce Hart (relayed by her daughter Carol Kersey). Anyone who has enjoyed a hot pasty in the Dining Hall at Gitche Gumee would agree: Joyce knows how to make a fine pasty. She also has been a perennial poet over the years, and sent along this sample:

Ode to a Pasty

A pasty - ever heard of it?
Well, Iím here to announce it.
But let me tell you there is just
One way to pronounce it

If you want to say it right, my friend
Donít call it PASTE-ee thatís taboo!
Itís PAST-ee ending with a 'y'
Be sure thatís what you do!

When folks in Cornwall England heard
That copper was discovered
On Keweenaw Peninsula
They ventured to come over.

They brought the pasty with them
Down into the minerís hovel.
The other miners smelled them when
They warmed them on their shovel.

The native miners told their wives,
"Weíve learned about a treat
You have to get the recipe
Itís something good to eat"

Thatís the story Iíve been told
And I believe itís true
The legend of the pasty now
Has been passed on to you.

By Joyce Rader Hart
November 2011

Thanks to Daryl, Carol, and Joyce for reminding us why we call it The Pasty Cam.

Have a good week :o)
Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 08:22 am:

Mmmmm...they look good!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 09:03 am:

Dinner is served!

By michael j. adams (Adzie40) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 09:09 am:

my son brian, who is playing junior "A" hockey north of toronto, will be home for christmas. with a great love of pasty, brian will be bringing some of them back to canada for our friends to the north to enjoy. i believe it is a small part of a master plan for him to get his billet mom to learn how to make them for him. good luck with them lori.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 09:35 am:

Looks good enough to eat!!! But, there's still leftovers from Thanksgiving!! Soon...............

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 09:46 am:

OH MY!.....what an awakening...;9

By Mike Schneider (Upmike) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 09:51 am:

Wow! I can almost smell them :)

By Donna (Donna) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 11:27 am:

Honest to God...I drooled.

By JoAnne Stefanac (Davejostef) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 11:30 am:

The real question is: How do you get those up off the baking sheets without losing the bottoms? Hmmm....

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 11:50 am:


Suggestion: Try a sheet of parchment paper, release coated aluminum foil, a teflon coated tray, or oiling your cookie sheet lightly.

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 12:58 pm:

What with these enticing photos and the fragrance of my simmering vegetable soup in the air...I gotta order some pasties!!!!!!!!

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 02:22 pm:

...let's see, Kay, how far do you live from me? Great weather for a hot bowl of homemade soup.;9

By Cheryl Rozman (Cotton) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 02:54 pm:

We just had a bowl of my homemade stew. But I still have to make the turkey soup. :( My hubby loves it, I'm not really a soup person. Then I won't see turkey for quite awhile. It'll be ham for Easter. The pasties do look delicious today.!!!!!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 03:08 pm:

I'm still wondering about that "Smell-o-vision" Charlie and Mary promised us years ago..... ;-)

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 03:42 pm:

We always had turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas......since my mama raised chickens, I guess that's what we had for Easter....did I mention that my mama was the BEST cook in the world?:)

By Doug (Greenhermit) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 04:58 pm:

Holy moly those pasties sure look good!

Just a comment regarding the different pronunciations of "pasty" as mentioned in the cute little ode - and not to be too picayune here since everyone regularly visiting this site certainly know how to say it correctly anyway, but: distinctions between the garment "pasty" and the gourmet "pasty" are not only in the pronunciation of the letter "a" but also in the syllabification of the word (i.e. PASTE-ee and PASS-tee respectively). I think PAST-ee better describes when you're just about to run out of gas.

By Laure (O2bindaup) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 06:12 pm:

It was hard not licking the screen......
donna, lol @ u drooling

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 06:12 pm:

LOL! Doug, I'd say that if it's saying Past-(double)'ve already run outta gas!

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 06:56 pm:

I have eaten a few good pasties in my time,but the absolute best I ever ate are my wife's venison pasties. She always saves a pack of meat and makes me a dozen at the start of deer season every year.
She then tells me to get into the bush for a couple of weeks to get more deer to fill the freezer.I live on pasties for the first three days of season.
I got an 8 pointer so far.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 07:05 pm:

Those pasties look yummy. We had Turkey Pot Pie for dinner tonight, a recipe combination from several recipes, that we tried for the first time tonight, and it was great! It makes me think that turkey pasties could be good, too! :-)

By Barbara Mosley (Lunarchi) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 07:41 pm:

Makes me glad that I just put in an order! We can hardly wait
until our pasties from the UP reach our home in NJ.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 09:41 pm:

Marianne, we used to get chicken pasties at Mama Mia in Mack City and they're delicious, so turkey ones sound good to me....w/gravy!;9

By Melodie Hayes (Herblady) on Monday, November 28, 2011 - 05:28 am:

We always ate our pasties smothered in catsup. Do you still do that? I never liked the thought of gravy on them. Lots of catsup and a glass of milk!

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