Review of Pie Day ~ January 23
Pie Day was begun in the 1970s in Colorado when Charlie Papazian declared his birthday to be National Pie Day. Today 'Pie Day' is sponsored by the American Pie Council, which is an organization set up to preserve America's pie heritage and promote “America's love affair with pies”.
There are fruit pies and custard pies and cream pies, with apple pie leading the way.
A Few Pie Facts
You could go to Pie School to learn about pies, or you could learn a great deal by reading this Pie Post!
|Pie School Cookbook|
- Nearly one out of five Americans prefer apple pie. Next favorite is pumpkin pie, followed by pecan, banana cream, and cherry pie.
- Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623.
- When invited to a family or friend's house for a holiday dinner and asked what dessert we could bring, pie was the winner at 29%, followed by cake (17%) and cookies (15%). Surprisingly, ice cream wasn't in the top three spots.
SPECIAL PIE DAYS
In our own glad and fortunate country the seasons are known by their respective dominant pies—for each there is an appropriate pie, with apple pie for all the year round.... The perfect days of June welcome the lip-painting berry pies.... Then, as nature paints the forests with her magic brush, comes in the golden glory of the year, the royal pumpkin pie!
~New York Times, 1902 May 3rd
Besides National Pie Day celebrating all pies, we have individual days to recognize specific kinds of pies.
*There's Cherry Pie Day on February 20, naturally associated with President's Day due to the George Washington story of cutting down the cherry tree.
*Apple Pie has it's own special day (Apple Pie Day) held on May 13.
Did you know that the first apple pie recipe was printed in England in 1381?
*March 2 is National Banana Cream Pie Day
*May 8 is National Coconut Cream Pie Day.
My mother was not much of a cook (our dad did most of the cooking in our family), but she was a wonderful pie maker and coconut cream pie was my dad's favorite, so we had it often. Yum!
Toasted Coconut Cream Pie
|Recipe for Toasted Coconut Cream Pie|
*On July 12 we have National Pecan Pie Day, a true Southern favorite.
*National Lemon Meringue Day is held on August 15 and Peach Pie Day is August 24.
*September brings us National Strawberry Cream Pie Day on the 28th of the month.
*October 23rd is National Boston Cream Pie Day.
*November has two special 'pie' days: Bavarian Cream Pie Day on the 27th and Lemon Cream Pie Day on the 29th.
National Pumpkin Pie Day
We tend to associate Thanksgiving with Pumpkin Pie, but the actual designated National special day for it is actually Christmas Day (December 25). But pumpkin pie is also associated with Halloween as pumpkin is the symbol of Harvest Time.
|Pumpkin Chiffon Pie|
Chocolate pie doesn't appear to have a designated day, but being MY favorite of all pies, it definitely SHOULD. Any day is special to me when I can have chocolate pie! There IS a National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day on August 20.
There are also meat pies, especially popular in England and perhaps the forerunner of the original pie, and vegetable pies such as Sweet Potato Pie and Rhubarb Pie and Tomato Pie, but our focus today has been on favorite 'dessert' pies.
Pie Town, New Mexico
|Daily Pie Cafe, NM|
If you REALLY love pies, there is a special place for pie lovers. It's called Pie Town, New Mexico, a small community that got its name from an early bakery for making dried-apple pies established by Clyde Norman in the early 1920s. Located just north of the Gila National Forest, Pie Town has a population of 186 people. A "Pie Festival" is held on the second Saturday of September which includes a pie-baking contest, games and races, music, food, and arts and crafts.
Photographer Russell Lee (working for the Farm Security Administration) photographed Pie Town and its people in 1940. In 2005, Lee's photos, and the local restaurant the Daily Pie Cafe were the subject of an article in Smithsonian magazine. CBS News Sunday Morning aired a story about the town in 2015.
Delicious Homemade Pie Recipes
|Available on Amazon|
Whichever pie is your favorite, you can find a whole lot of pie recipes (300) in Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie.
Rated near the top at #29 in pie cookbooks, this recipe book with the short title (PIE) is filled with 300 pie recipes for everything from fruit pies, berry pies, nut pies, custard pies, turnovers, and ice cream pies to the perfect pie crusts. Author Richard Haedrich is a cooking teacher and cookbook author who compiled this Pie cookbook because of his lifelong passion--the making and baking of all manner of pies.
Besides January 23rd, we have December 1st also designated National Pie Day. With two national days and a host of days associated with individual kinds of pies, we will never be without an excuse to indulge this favorite dessert.
Come tell me YOUR favorite kind of PIE, this most traditional of American desserts. If I've left out any, let me know.
Recipes for Real People
Cooking for the Holidays
PIE Cookbook on Amazon
*Article written by Wednesday Elf (c) on 1/23/2016. Updated on 1/10/2017.
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