It's not unusual for me to get distracted by food and drink in movies. While viewing The King's Speech, for example, I kept wondering what flavor tea everyone was drinking and whether the Duke of York (Collin Firth) preferred milk or cream. And when I saw Jurassic Park, I started craving cake after watching those kids binge on the dessert buffet at the island's abandoned museum.
I recently re-watched Taxi Driver and completely lost my focus during a particular diner scene with Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) and Betsy (Cybill Shepherd). They order pie (blueberry, if I recall correctly) and both slices arrive garnished with slices of melted cheese.
I paused and rewound to make sure it wasn't just whipped cream or ice cream. Nope: a melted cheese slice. Possibly a Kraft single. De Niro and Shepherd continued their fraught flirtation, but I couldn't stop thinking about how they were shoveling blueberries and cheddar into their mouth at the same time.
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Apparently, however, this consumption practice is not confined to Scorsese's fictional film world. After I mentioned this weird savory cheese-on-sweet-pie phenomenon to my father, he informed me, rather indignantly, that growing up in Boston everyone put cheese on fruit pies and no one thought it was gross.
Yikes. Am I so completely out of the loop that I am unaware of the universal appeal of this pairing? I tend to think not, because the only processed dairy option I'm offered when I order a slice of apple or pumpkin is Cool-Whip.
Do you eat cheese on sweet pie?