Breakfast buffet: National pie day
December 1st, 2011
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Today celebrates a different kind of piety - December 1 is National Pie Day!

Is there a more fabulously festive way to kickstart December, THE month of holiday baking, than indulging in pie all day long? We think not, so strap on your apron and get bakin'!

Pie originally came to be out of necessity. During ancient times, soldiers and travelers needed a safe, easy way to transport enough food to sustain them for long periods of time without worrying about it spoiling. Wrapping meat, cheeses or even a honey filling in an early form of pastry, made using flour, water and fat, proved a handy way to get their meals on the run.

From the Medieval days all the way up to the pioneers of America, cooking both savory and sweet pies became an inexpensive and tasty way to enjoy an oven-fired meal.

And who doesn't love an edible crust? Pies live and die by their casing.

Do you like a filled pie with a crust on the bottom, a top-crust pie with only filling underneath or, the king of pies, the two-crust that completely encloses all that tasty filling between layers of luscious dough? And don't get us started on the pastry, although flaky is hard to beat.

So today, serve yourself a slice or two or three of your favorite pies. You can stay old-time traditional with a hearty meat pie, bite into a bit of comfort with a pot pie or heap a scoop of ice cream on top of chess pie. Going a little pie crazy and not sure where to start? Dive in to this pie primer.

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  1. David

    Yeah, I'm not sure what day National Pie Day is, but I had Chicken Pot Pie and Pumpkin Pie today, just in case. Om nom nom nom nom...

    December 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Guest

    3/14 is national pie day!

    December 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • Jim

      Every day is Pie day, but, Pi day is March 14...

      December 2, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  3. Eat my pie

    January 23rd is National Pie Day! You're celebrating on the wrong day!!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  4. Jim

    Every day should be pie day, and in my heart every day is. I had some gooooooood pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving. I can still taste it. Pie ... pie ... pie ..... I love pie. I'll take pie over pi any day.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  5. Two Ton Baker the Pie Maker

    Every day is pie day,fool!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  6. nancheska

    "Make me some pie!!" (Cartman)

    December 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  7. Jerome

    This is why Americans are fat. "National Pie Day"

    December 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • Phillygirl 2728

      who cares? Eat, Drink and then we die.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Two Ton Baker the Pie Maker

      Americans are fat because portion size is out of control in the USA.

      And Americans embrace a sedentary life style.

      BINGO – you are FAT!

      December 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • Sweet Dreams

        Does this pie make my butt look big?

        December 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • Joe

        No, your butt makes your butt look big.

        December 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Jim

      You're obviously incapable of appreciating good pie, Jerome. You're like a tone-deaf music critic.

      December 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  8. Marc
    It's Jan 23rd

    December 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Maine

    Duh, everyone knows National Pie Day is March 14th. We celebrate at work every year. Who the hell picked December 1st??

    December 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • denim

      Agreed, it has to be either March 14, or the 3rd of the 14th month, depending on how you write dates. :->

      December 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
      • Schmeh

        Lol, the 14th month! What month is that? =P

        December 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • itsjustme

        The 14th month is Januebruary.

        December 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Schmeh

      That's pi day. As in 3.14....

      December 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • TXpresby

      March 14 is national Pi day...there's a difference. In 9th grade, my son had to be in a picture eating a piece of pie with the day's paper in hand and visible. He also had to recite pi to 20 decimals from memory. For all of this, he got two 100s. I don't think he minded the assignment, especially the pie eating part!!!

      December 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Guest

      yes! exactly. ask anyone with a math degree.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  10. David

    Pie day is March 14th. The specific time is 1:59pm and 26.53 seconds.

    December 1, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Eric

      No, March 14 is Pi Day, not Pie Day.

      December 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  11. Helen J.

    You can have my slice of cherry pie. I want mince meat, pumpkin, key lime, and pecan pie! Now we're talking DM coma!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • denim

      Well put!

      December 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  12. Jimbo

    PI Day, is March 14th, for the super Nerdy
    Get it 3.14

    December 1, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • RichardHead

      Pi are round...Cornbread are square.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • π Plate@Jumbo

      Figure that out all by yourself did you?

      December 1, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Joe

      Magnum PI ?

      December 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  13. RichardHead

    Every Day should be CHERRY PIE DAY.....just sayin'. :)

    December 1, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  14. Jean-Luc

    And tomorrow can be national diabetic coma day! ENJOY!

    December 1, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  15. Jim

    The American Pie Council traditionally celebrates National Pie Day in April.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Jim

      My mistake. It's January 23. The National Pie Championships are in April

      December 1, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  16. will

    no way. pie day should be march 14th

    December 1, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • QTpi

      I agree- March 14 is pi day, end of story.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • π Plate

      The big celebration for pi day could be March 14, 2015 unless you round up. Then it would be March 14, 2016.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am |
      • GB

        Just have the main part of your celebration between 9:26-9:27. Then you can have it in 2015 with no regrets.

        December 1, 2011 at 11:18 am |
      • π Plate@GB

        Baa-ha-ha-ha! Done & done!

        December 1, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  17. Guest

    I vote for the meat pie with the hair shaved off

    I like pie
    and I like π

    December 1, 2011 at 9:22 am |
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