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January 23, 2013

National Pie Day

Pie (and cake) being served in Pie Town, New Mexico, c. 1940s, Russell Lee (for Works Progress Administration)

I couldn't very well let this day pass without notice, even if I am not making any pie in its honor. The last day I wrote about National Pie Day was just after Obama's first inauguration in 2009 (on my dormant blog, In the Pantry: just go there and do a "Search" on anything related to "pie" and "bakery" and you will find many writings). Then I was going to write about the many wonderful things I learned from Robert the Baker in the ten years I worked for him––but that will become its own sort of essay (and many years ago, probably about seven or eight, I wrote about him, too). And this is a blog, after all.

I'm celebrating National Pie Day this year with two healthy fruit smoothies and some homemade soup. My husband and I are doing the 21-day Digest Diet to get ourselves on track and to boost some needed weight loss. So no pie for the Ponds right now. I'm not ruling it out in the future but, well, let's just say that I like this "diet" because it clearly tells me what to prepare each day in an easy-to-follow format and I'm too busy right now to worry about meals. If someone is telling me what to prepare, and it is easy to do (sort of like spa cuisine), that's half the battle. If we can get through the more restrictive first four days, we can do anything. I'll let you know how it goes.

For now, I am enjoying a lot of food porn: in cookbooks, recipe clippings and favorite cooking shows. It really does help.

You come back when you're ready!


For more about Pie Town, New Mexico, here is a great online article in the Smithsonian.


  1. Funny how making the decision about what to cook is such a challenge. We have two lists we work from. Bill is happy to make dinner if I am tired, so long as I tell him what is the main course.


    Good luck with your diet!

  2. Have thought about trying this diet myself. Please let me know how it works for you! Happy Belated Pie Day!
    A fellow Pie lover! And yes, you know who I am!

  3. thanks for the links!


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