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Sunday is Pi(e) Day - what are you making?

3/14 is coming this weekend. I'm thinking Chicken Pot Pie. The Ides of March, 3/15, is the birthday of my uber-diva dog; it's a pie I could share with her and her two.greymates.

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  1. With a tree full of lemons...it will be lemon meringue for sure!

    (i have two greyhounds as well... while they wont' be eating pie with us, they did celebrate the older dog's 14th birthday last week with a halibut steak)

    1. Oooh I'm so excited. Maybe lemon meringue since I've got so many lemons.. but it's supposed to pour all day so that's out.

      or maybe a tollhouse pie for a dinner party dessert Monday night.

      1. I have some leftover pie dough that will make a small single-crust pie. I, too, have been craving lemon meringue, but because of the forecast of monsoons all weekend I'm now planning a first-ever coconut cream pie.

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        1. re: Allstonian

          And the coconut cream pie is now chilling and awaiting a final topping of whipped cream. Based on generous tastes of the filling (there was a little too much for the size of the pie dish!) I'm very pleased with the results.

        2. Pie day?? Who knew??

          I too have a bunch of lemons to use. I might try a lemon meringue but I am intimidated by the meringue - have never made that before.

          I have been craving a chocolate pie, so maybe that'll be on the menu. Pie day . . .Pie day

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          1. re: JerryMe

            "pi day" because pi is 3.141579 etc., - the infinite number when the circumference of a circle is divided by the diameter. Hubby the Geek told me this, and he's in the process of memorizing it out to 100 digits. Yawn. I'm making him an interactive pi and entering it into a pie contest: a big rectangular 5-berry pie with 100 pastry numbers stacked next to it so he can lay them out on top - it'll be pretty, if he doesn't screw up the sequence.

            1. re: Claudette

              Here's a photo of my pi pie. Those darned little cookie cutters will be the death of me!

              1. re: Claudette

                You rule! I have a tendency to choose really picky projects like that, too. Nice work!

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Kattyeyes - I'm going to tell my hubby about you! He thinks I'm the only one in the world who would spend hours doing such a thing, so I'm glad to know there's another picky project soul out there. (The crust and filling only took half an hour to make, but those 100 digits took another hour to cut out!)

                  1. re: Claudette

                    Good luck with the contest! I hope you win--and that you report back when you do! Happy Pi Day!

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      I think they'll announce the winner tomorrow ($314). Here's the link - they put my pie up on top!

                      1. re: Claudette

                        I'm rootin' for ya, girlfriend! Wish we could vote!

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          Thanks, kattyeyes and wineos! They announced the winner this afternoon (voting was open the last few days) and my pie won by 4% of the votes. I'm donating the $3.1416 to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief. The stories about the orphans there broke my heart. Thanks for your support!


                          1. re: Claudette

                            Kudos for your win, and even more, on your kind heart!

                            1. re: Claudette

                              Clap, clap, clap for Claudette! Nicely done. :)

                  2. re: Claudette

                    Claudette, I just love your pie! I hope you win!

              2. hmmm Pie Day? I don't know yet, but something. ;)

                    1. I wanted to make a Momofuku crack pie or French silk pie, but the terrible storm that was raging outside prevented me from getting anywhere near the store. Given that I am always plagued by an excess of buttermilk since no one has thought to market it by the pint, I decided I might as well take this as yet another opportunity to clean out the fridge by making a buttermilk pie. I cut back on the sugar (Splenda in my case) and added a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon to keep it from being too cloying. We'll taste the results of my second-ever pie tomorrow afternoon.

                        1. re: alanbarnes

                          Very funny, AB. I'm making pizza....

                        2. Wanted to play around with the dried persimmons I have left over.... So I did a quark pie topped with rum-soaked persimmons

                          graham cracker crust pressed into a pie tin
                          2 eggs
                          1 1/2 cups Quark
                          1/2 cup confectioners sugar
                          2 Tbsp milk
                          1 tbsp vanilla
                          dried persimmons

                          slice the persimoons and soak in rum for a couple of hours or overnight. whisk eggs, then stir in the quark with a spoon and the rest of the ingredients. pour the filling into the pie shell and bake at 375 til set. let cool slightly then top with persimmon slices, and sprinkle with cinnamon and/or nutmeg and allow to chill.

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                            1. re: toodie jane

                              you're in california, but not sure what stores you have access to... i get mine at gelson's, but i'd imagine andronico's up north would have it. not sure if whole foods does...

                          1. None. We have a new shop in our neighborhood, Dangerously Delicious Pies, that sells nothing but PIE.
                            Their opening party was last night with free pie and it was packed. What a great time!
                            The owner is an old tattooed rocker who baked pies when he was on the road with his band, and now he has pie shops in DC and Baltimore and sells at the JFX farmers market.
                            Espresso machines, beer, booze, live rock music, and pies of all sorts from quiches to sweets. All fresh ingredients. How can I go wrong?
                            I'm going to support a new local business. Probably eat three pieces.

                            1. Well Happy Birthday to YOU first of all!

                              Pi(e) Day eh? How fun! Oh I'm willing to bet there would be no objections is I made a pie.
                              Since the last pie I made was fruit, I think a cream pie would be nice. I have been wanting to make this Butterscotch Pie, and then again a Chocolate Cream... Or an egg custard type of pie..hmm. SO many choices, I'll get back to you and post what I made, and hopefully remember to charge the camera!

                              1. Lemon Marshmallow Meringue pie. It's a traditional Lemon Meringue pie with melted marshmallows folded into the Meringue after I whip it.