August 25, 2017
Mike Abramson says his carrot cake is the best ever.
Janet Carlson doesn’t necessarily agree.
For now, the controversy will need to simmer as I only have Mike’s (Justifiably Famous) Carrot Cake recipe, though I have suggested to Janet that she and Mike have a carrot cake bake-off.
Mike makes no apologies for having stolen the recipe from Tom Grier, originally of Grier, Georgia.
The story goes something like this…
In the 1970’s a group of four friends from San Francisco bought a weekend house, they named Aros, near Sebastopol, California. The four owners rotated use of the house, each getting it for a week at a time but also sometimes showing up there together to host parties as in the photo below.
Over the years, ownership of the house shifted as some individuals sold their interest and others bought in.
At one point, Tom Grier was the youngest owner.
The group met on a quarterly basis in San Francisco to discuss maintenance issues related to the house. As with use of the house, these meetings were held in rotation at the owners’ homes in San Francisco.
Whenever Tom hosted the meeting, he served carrot cake, which Mike believes originated as a Grier family recipe. Tom shared the recipe with Mike and the rest is history. Mike’s (Justifiably Famous) Carrot Cake was born.
But for Janet’s assertion that Mike’s might not be the best carrot cake in the world, well, we’ll just have to wait for the bake-off.
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