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Best Cook: The Turnip King

Best Cook: The Turnip King
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Eastham turnips are rare. Believers say there’s no turnip like it — not even the ones grown in the next town of Orleans. “You can get the seeds and try to grow them yourself,” Geoffrey explains, “but it has to be Eastham. It’s the soil, the Eastham soil.” Only a handful of people grow them — they’re harvested from November through February — and only a few farm stands and markets in Eastham sell them.
The buzzer sounds, and Geoffrey pulls the pie out of the oven. “Oooo! That looks so very fine!” he croons. With a sharp knife, he pierces the center of the pie and declares it done. “You’ll probably compare this to a pumpkin pie,” he warns, “but just remember it’s not pumpkin. It’s the turnip. The turnip!”

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3 Responses to Best Cook: The Turnip King

  1. Kathleen Simmons January 18, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Turnips are healthy. I’ll try this recipe tomorrow. Thank you.

  2. Jean Antinarelli January 18, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Sounds interesting-worth a try- as I visit West Yarmouth a lot-thanks for the recipe. My mom made our beef stew-sliced the turnip & pulled it out when soft & mashed it-placed it back in pot as it thickens the stew-sooo good! All my older kids wanted my recipe & where surprised to hear turnip was in it-as 2 would never try it alone-I fooled them. Keep doing your great recipes-thanks! Loved the article & worth a try when I get down to the Cape for this type of turnip I will make one!

  3. Charlene MacLean November 9, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    My mother in law made turnip pie for the family for years. It was a family favorite. My husband prefers it to pumpkin pie although it is very similar.

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