Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Twin Peaks & The Damn Fine Cherry Pie Cookbook

One of my favorite shows is returning to the airwaves in a reboot - Twin Peaks. The story will pick up 25 years after the first one ended just as the character of Laura Palmer predicted in the final episode of the first run of the show, which is kinda spooky. And, the original show creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, are back which is means we have a good chance of the new show being as good as the old show. Many members of the old cast are returning: 

  • Kyle Maclachlin (Dale Cooper)
  • Madchen Amick (Shelly Johnson) 
  • Dana Ashbrook (Bobby)
  • Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey)
  • Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer)
Even the log lady, Catherine Coulson, will be back. Apparently, she filmed scenes before she died which is also a little bit spooky. New cast members include Jim Belushi and Laura Dern. Jim Belushi wasn't an obvious choice for me here, but I'm interested to see how his character will fit in. 

I've started watching to the old episodes to prepare myself for the show's return.  

Here's a little teaser:

The reboot won't make it's debut until 2017, but we can make Twin Peaks inspired food while we wait with Damn Fine Cherry Pie: The Unauthorized Cookbook Inspired by the TV Show Twin Peaks. The cookbook makes it's debut today. 

The cookbook, Damn Fine Cherry Pie, includes 75 recipes inspired by the show and was lovingly put together by the creator of the Twin Peaks UK Festival, Lindsey Bowden. Recipes include:

  • Sheriff Truman's Sugar Coated Ring Donuts
  • Coffee, Pastries & Donuts: Coffee with Mexican Chihuahua Churros
  • Double R Diner Menu: Percolate Fish Supper
  • Family Meals: Betty Brigg’s Meatloaf and Doc Hayward’s Diet Lasagna
  • Meals on Wheels Program: Mrs. Tremond’s Creamed Corn Chowder
  • Black Lodge Supper Club: Doctor Jacobi’s Secret Coconut Hawaiian Stew
  • Cocktails: Audrey Horne's Cherry Twist
There are also crafts and an extensive history of the show. 

We got a chance to ask Lindsey Bowden a few questions and here's what she told us. 

1) Why do you love Twin Peaks so much? I was 14 when Twin Peaks first aired and I was immediately hooked. I loved the characters, the story and the world that Lynch and Frost created. We actually had a club at school and you couldn't be in our club unless you watched Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure and Quantum Leap! I loved the mystery of the show and the abstract nature of the show. The way it ended only fueled the mystery and intrigue for me...and kept me going all these years later! 

2) Why are you excited about the reboot? Well I have to admit, I was actually not sure the show should come back as I wasn't sure you could recreate what broke new ground in 1990. Twin Peaks has inspired so many writes of TV shows and TV has moved on so much, I wasn't sure it would have the same effect. However, when I knew it was Lynch and Frost writing the whole series and that David Lynch was going to be back in the directors chair for it all, I thought different. So now, I'm really intrigued to see how they will break new ground again, as I'm pretty sure they will, and I guess if they thought they couldn't make it work, they wouldn't do it! 

3) When is the next Twin Peaks Festival and what will happen there? The 2016 Twin Peaks UK Festival is on 12th November in London and is going to be a blast. Chris Mulkey, who plays Hank Jennings, and Ian Buchanan, who plays Dick Tremayne, are both joining us in London and we are recreating elements of the Great Northern Hotel and creating our interpretation of the White Lodge. The festival is full of screenings, performances, immersive elements, an art gallery, Lynch inspired short films, competitions and much more! This year we are working with Mark Frosts UK publishers in promoting his highly anticipated book 'The Secret History of Twin Peaks' and are of of course promoting my own Twin Peaks inspired cookbook 'Damn Fine Cherry Pie'!

4) Which recipe in the book is the easiest for beginners? Well, there's a real mix in there for cooks of all levels but Garmonbozia is pretty easy to make. Garmonbozia is creamed corn and a staple Twin Peaks food! It's a simple recipe but completely delicious! 

5) Which recipe in the book is your favorite and why? Oh gosh, there are so many I love! Can I give two? I would say the Log Lady's Chocolate Log because it's such an iconic character, Catherine Coulson was a great friend and a real support to our festival, plus it looks and tastes incredible! Then Windom Earle's Beer Marinated Pork Belly is simply 'melt in the mouth' delicious. I love Pork Belly, it's one of my favourite foods (when done right!) so I knew I had to have it in the book, I also knew I wanted it to be beer marinated. As this is quite an extravagant dish it really belonged in the Black Lodge Supper Club chapter. So put the Black Lodge and beer together and you get Windom Earle! 


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  2. This is exciting. I loved Twin Peaks!

  3. I am so happy to see this coming back, and that cookbook looks like a ton of fun. Great post!