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You may have thought January 23rd was just a Saturday. Think again. It’s National Pie Day, at least according to the American Pie Council. While I’m innately suspicious of national anything day, since every fruit, vegetable, and seed has claimed ownership over all 365 days of the year, I can’t blame the American Pie Council for trying. I mean, it’s pie.
Trying to decide how to commemorate this occasion won’t be easy. I personally hope not to repeat the experience of my eighth year, when my brother tossed a chicken pot pie in my face. (For the record, I’d egged him on, and he got in Big Trouble.)
Will you bake? You should. For inspiration, consider turning to Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies (Ten Speed Press, 2009) by Mollie Cox Bryan. It’s a slim volume with recipes from Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant and Bakery in Staunton , Virginia. Mrs. Rowe was beloved throughout the Shenandoah Valley for her deft pie-making skills, and the book is a tribute both to her creations and to the woman herself.
Recipes for German Chocolate Pie, Peanut Butter Custard Pie, and Caramel Apple Nut Pie should get you motivated.
Come on, it’s National Pie Day.