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Friday, January 22, 2016

Oh, my! Pie! Pie! Pie!

Of all desserts possible, at the top of your list is probably PIE! What makes pie so truly amazing? The aroma (before and after baking). The sight (we eat with our eyes first!). The crust (golden brown appearing crunchy). The filling (delightful anticipation when covered in the crust). The sound of each bite (especially if nuts or candies are involved). The texture (ultra creamy or fruity chunky). BTW, Pie is not just for dessert any more...there's breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweet and savory Pie! Pie! Pie!

National Pie Day
where celebrating is as easy as 1-2-3 (1/23)!

Do you love pie?
The pie has been around since 2000 BC and has survived over 4000 years. Early Egyptians invented pie. Greeks and Romans were also among the first to enjoy pastry shells filled with different kinds of meat and seafood. Fruit pies were first invented in Europe sometime during the 14th century. The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 England. The ingredients in the recipe included apples, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn (a casing of pastry).
What can possibly be better for celebrating National Pie Day than indulging in a slice - or two - of warm, delicious apple pie? Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and yum! yum! After all, apple pie is one of the American Classics!

Of course, your pie indulgence does not have to be a sweet pie. When the Pilgrims made their voyage to the New World in the late 1600s, they arrived with English pie recipes for beef, lamb, duck, or pigeon. These are still a menu item in the 21st century along with the traditional chicken pot pie.

Whether you prefer the sweet pie for dessert - apple, peach, cherry, flaky pear, anyfruit, coconut, anyberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, chocolate cream, peanut butter, pecan, key lime, yogurt or creamcheese based - OR desire a meat or seafood pie for the main course, bake your favorite pie recipe in honor of National Pie Day

Be a Pie Mom!
Get to work, get it made and eat pie!
Don't forget the kids...have some fun!

A Bit of Pie Humor...

 Start the day with a breakfast pie...

 Individual Breakfast Pies (Recipe)

A variation on one of the top ten all-time favorite pies is the...
Best Bourbon Pecan Pie
This recipe allows you to take pie to the next level. Don't be hesitant about the bourbon; remember, the alcohol cooks out!
A cool refreshing pie that is great all year long is the...
Key Lime Pie
This pie originated in The Florida Keys. It is amazing how simple this pie is to make! Click HERE for different variations...the next button on site carries you through the various pie recipes.
For a fruity pie, tackle the classic apple...
Mile High Apple Pie
While this pie is always a hit during the holiday season, it is good any time of the year. Thanks America for our 12-month supply of apples!
A switch from sweet to savory brings on meaty classics...
Savory Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto Pie
with an Easy Cheesy Biscuit Crust (Recipe)
Don't let the lengthy instructions scare you away. This really is an easy recipe and everything comes together quickly.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
No rolling pin is needed for Skillet Chicken Pot Pie. Refrigerated puff pastry sheets give you a leg up in the preparation of this classic comfort dish.

Chunky Chilli Beef and Cheese Meat Pie
Quite unique...adjust the cayenne pepper amount for your own personal taste.
Sheppard's Pie (Lamb)
 A classic Sheppard's pie...warm & nourishing for a rainy day!
Quick Shrimp Pie
 No skimpy seafood here...a mouthful of shrimp in every bite!

 Is your mouth watering yet?

Does America love apples?
America LOVES apples, apple blossom flowers, & apple cider! The United States of America has adopted the apple over and over and over again...

Illinois: Nature Steals the Scene