Monday, March 14, 2011

Open Your Pie Hole!

Yes!  It's Monday readers.  Now, normally I wouldn't be very excited about the arrival of Monday, but this one is different.  That's because this beginning of the work week is a holiday. Okay, it's not an official holiday, but it IS one that I can whole heartedly get behind.

Happy Pie Day to you all.

With the recent focus on the cupcake as the dessert treat de jur, it seems pie has been flying under the sweets radar.  But I personally think you get much more delicious goodness for your money with a slice of pie. This day my friends, pie takes a back seat to no dessert!

As for this 'holiday', It's a little known fact that one of Nostradamus' more obscure predictions had a guy called  Seattledad 3.14 times more likely to eat pie on March 14th 2011 than any other day in the year.  It seems I now have the power to make that prediction come true.  This is despite the fact we have no pie in the house, which can only be remedied by another after work stop which, as I have noted before, can get a bit dicey at times. Ah, but duty calls.

Mrs. LIAYF, Lukas, and I did celebrate Pie Day Eve on Sunday with a stop at Seattle's Shoe Fly Pie Company.  Aren't all the best holiday's celebrated the night before?  If you don't think so, tell me the last Flag Day Eve you let loose.  Anyway, we were out for a weekend afternoon stroll in the rain, which we are contractually obligated to do once a month as Seattleites (It's in the contract, along with a mandatory stop at Starbucks and a stop at Pike Place Market for fish tossing practice), when it really started to pour and we took refuge in the pie store.  It was a good call.

The hardest part was trying to decide which of the tasty pies to try.  We finally settled on a slice each of Rhubarb, Cherry, and Coconut Creme.  Lukas picked the Rhubarb, which before eating a bite was his favorite despite the fact that he had no idea what Rhubarb was.  "Don't worry, it's yummy" Mrs. LIAYF assured him.  He agreed after his first taste, but quickly changed his mind once he got a taste of the delicious Cherry slice.  Then, when I slipped a forkful of the Coconut Creme into his mouth his eyes grew wide and he let out a prolonged "Mmmmmmmm!"  We had a winner, and Lukas now had a favorite kind of pie.

Plus, by the time we had finished our slices, the rain had softened enough for us to begin our trek back to our house with  proper sustenance to get us there.  I would venture that the LIAYF family did Pie Day Eve up the way it is supposed to be done. 

So Happy Pie Day to you all.  I hope are lucky enough to score a slice of one or more of the kinds of pie you like best.  We never did get to find out in the famous kids story what were the nine kinds of pie that Harold liked best, but in closing I will leave you with mine - which are in no particular order.

Strawberry Rhubarb
Coconut Creme
Key Lime
Lemon Meringue

Tell me readers.  What is your favorite kind of pie?


Mrs. M said...

Lemon Meringue is my favorite! I'll try to remember to let loose a little next Flag Day Eve!! :)

heidi said...

I'm not big on pies. I do like an occasional slice of Apple - hot with some ice cream.

Mrs. LIAYF said...

Key lime - when made with real limes. As you know, I'm a tart girl. :)

Idaho Dad said...

Pi is wrong! :)

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Mighty M - Flag Day Eve is actually a good cause for Pie.

@Hiedi - Ala Mode makes any Pie just that much better.

@Mrs. LIAYF - You have definitely made me a Key Lime convert over the years. Mmmmm.

@Idaho Dad - But I don't really want to eat any Tau.

Samantha G. said...

Happy Pi Day to you too!

Pecan Pie with a dob of whipped cream has to be my all time favorite.

Of course, I'd never turn down a little warm apply pie with some freshly scooped vanilla bean ice cream either!

Juli said...

Key Lime... but I confess it's best eaten when relaxing on the beach of a little resort on No Name Key, and made by their owner from the key lime tree out front. Living 7 years in Florida spoiled me like that...

Other wise, Lemon Merangue.

Barbara L said...

Love pumpkin pie, cherry pie, lemon meringue pie, custard pie.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I can't believe I missed celebrating Pi Day - clearly I need to atone!

Homemaker Man said...

Dude. No blueberry pie? You haven't eaten pie til you've had a wild Maine blueberry pie.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Samantha - Good call. I think my favorite varies with the seasons. My Holiday season favorite is probably Peacan.

@Julianna - Mmmmm. We are ever in search for the best Key lime Pie and that sounds like it would top a lot of lists.

@Barbara - I have not had a lot of Custard Pie. Might be worth seeking out. Thanks.

@Megan - Celebrating the day after is almost as good as the day before.

@Homemaker Man - Clearly I need to fly out there for a slice, then return the same night. On my Bucket list.

Anonymous said...

Salted caramel apple pie would have to be my favorite.

Anna Palmer said...

That is the most beautiful pie I have ever seen. The tastiest pie was baked by my husband, who made a home vanilla cookie crust and a chocolate pudding pie with whipped cream topping. There was beer in there somewhere, b/c almost 100% of his recipes have beer. The blessing/curse of being married to a homebrewer.

Dawn (day4dreamer) said...

Mmmm, I love all this pie talk! Banana cream is my dream. It taste so yummy in my tummy. Thank you brother. I think I will have another. I used to eat around the crust. But now the crust is a definate must! Most definately banana cream pie. I didn't know there was another!

Anonymous said...

Chocolate Meringue.
Butterscotch Meringue.
Apple with Caramel Icing.