Laid-off producer becomes proud pie maker
March 14th, 2012
06:15 PM ET
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Dave Tuttle has a passion for pie. "Let's face it. Pie is wonderful stuff,” he says. “It makes people feel great.” And it would be hard for anyone to argue that point, after seeing and smelling one of his signature double crusted fruit pies as it emerges, hot and steaming, from the oven.

But Tuttle's passion grew more out of necessity than culinary curiosity. After a 20-year career in film and television, Tuttle found himself unemployed in 2008 during the height of the recession, as the industry was shedding jobs.

"For about a year, I really made it full time to try to find a job, to get back into the business because that's what I had known for 20 years," Tuttle says. But after that year, there was still no job, and even less savings. It was time to try something new.
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March 14th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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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.

It's an all-out pie palooza because March 14 is National Pi(e) Day!

Clever you, you've already figured out that today's date, 3/14, also corresponds to a famous mathematical constant you learned in school: 3.14, also known as pi. So it would stand to reason that today of all days is a great day to celebrate something of a similar name, pie.

In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed that yes, America, we should have a Pi Day, although it was celebrated beginning in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. The staff and visitors would march about a circular space and eat fruit pies.

What's the usual way of celebrating Pi Day? Why indulging in your favorite pie and talking about the relevance of pi, of course! Pie eating contests are also welcome, or you can even make a pie with the pi symbol on it like our iReporters.
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iReport – Gotta get down on Pi Day!
March 8th, 2012
09:16 PM ET
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It’s almost time to commemorate one of the most beloved and mysterious numbers in mathematics.

You know - Pi! The ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter is approximately 3.14. So on March 14 - or 3/14 - math fans and dessert lovers unite to celebrate Pi Day.

In honor of the holiday, we invite you to show off your best pie, or tell us about the tastiest one you've ever had. Sweet, savory, crunchy, creamy - we want them all. Include original photos and recipes, and we'll celebrate the beloved dessert March 14 on Eatocracy.

See the Pi Day Pie assignment on iReport

Need some inspiration? Sink your teeth into these pie posts.

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National banana cream pie day
March 2nd, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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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.

How appealing! March 2 is National Banana Cream Pie Day.

Look up "creamy" or "dreamy" in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of this pie perfection. (OK, not really, but it should!)

Banana cream pie combines the best of all things sweet. The one-crust pie is full of a rich custard or pudding, made by whipping cream, eggs, milk, a bit of flour, and in this case, bananas or banana flavoring into pastry cream-esque magic. This stems from a key feature of French cakes and tarts, the lovely crème pâtissière.
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Breakfast buffet: National cherry pie day
February 20th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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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.

Such a sweet surprise – February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day!

As if you already didn't have enough reason to celebrate cherries out of season - it is National Cherry Month - this may be the sweetest excuse of all.

Tart, sweet cherry pie filling is swaddled in a golden, flaky crust that is a perfect complement to this hearty fruit. Morello cherries are a favorite amongst bakers for their sour cherry flavor. And when it's your pie, you control the sugar.
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