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December 17, 2004 |

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Hello. Several times you have mentioned pumpkin pie as mediocre and merely "an excuss for using nutmeg." The pies I grew up on are from a recipe right off the back of the Libby's can and contain no nutmeg. The store-bought pies always taste funny to me, they must have nutmeg in them. Is this a reference to the legend about sailors abusing nutmeg aboard ship to alter reality, or some other nutmeg myth? I do rate the Libby pumpkin pie and whipped cream up there with fresh sweet corn.

T.C. Robertson
Coupeville, WA

T.C., you can't be serious. You simply can't. Anyone who puts canned pumpkin on a par with fresh sweet corn has never eaten fresh sweet corn. Either that, or you have a serious nutmeg problem. You need help.

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