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National Pi Day:: Let Them Eat Pie!

Pie for Pi Day

I know what you’re thinking. “Have an original idea, Audra.” But seriously, what better day is there than National Pi Day to eat pie??? (Other than National Pie Day, of course.) I could eat it all day–strawberry pie, apple pie, chicken pot pie, sweet potato pie, Shepherd’s pie, Chess pie, peanut butter pie, Derby pie… I really like pie. Why, I even had a child on National Pi Day! (Happy Birthday, Aidan!)

I think we should all stop and make (or at least eat) pie today. Below, you’ll find a couple of my favorite pie recipes to help you celebrate! If you don’t feel like baking, stop and pick up a pie from one of these great local bakeries: WheatFields Eatery & Bakery, Harold’s Koffee House, or the closest Village Inn. OR… go really easy on yourself and order a pizza pie! 

Dad's Quiche Lorraine
Serves 8
A wonderful, hearty quiche to kick-start your day.
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  1. ½ (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts (or homemade, if you’re extra fancy)
  2. 8 bacon slices, cut into ½-inch pieces
  3. 4 green onions, chopped
  4. 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
  5. 6 large eggs
  6. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  7. ½ teaspoon salt
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  9. 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  10. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes; remove from oven. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon pieces in a large skillet until crisp; drain on paper towels, and crumble. Sprinkle bacon, green onions, and 1 cup cheese into prepared crust.
  4. Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients; pour into pie crust, and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and nutmeg.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Dad’s notes
  1. Substitute Canadian bacon instead of bacon, add sautéed mushrooms, change the cheese…just use what you’ve got! The beauty if quiche is that you can use them to get rid of leftovers.
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Granny's Chocolate Meringue Pie
Serves 8
A family favorite and a staple at all of our family holiday gatherings.
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  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. ¼ cup cornstarch
  3. salt
  4. 2 cups milk
  5. 3 eggs, separated
  6. 3 ounces Ghirardelli unsweetened squares, 100% cacao
  7. 1 tablespoon butter
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 baked 9-inch pastry shell
  10. ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  11. ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Combine 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a heavy saucepan; mix well.
  2. Combine milk and egg yolks; beat with a wire whisk for 1-2 minutes or until frothy. Gradually stir into sugar mixture, mixing well.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; add chocolate, butter, and vanilla, stirring until chocolate and butter melt. Spoon mixture into pastry shell; set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed for 1 minute. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2-4 minutes). Spread meringue over hot filling, sealing edge of pastry.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.
  1. Granny’s notes: I like to add an extra egg white, using 4 egg whites total for the meringue.
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