In the interest of rest, relaxation, and a bit of Thanksgiving time off, we’re re-publishing one of our most popular holiday posts: Pi on Pie.
For those of you who visited and commented last year, scroll to the end for some tasty Thanksgiving Tidbits, and for newcomers, enjoy. And for everyone, have a happy, fun, and decadent Thanksgiving. We’ll see y’all on Cyber Monday.
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The responsibility for our Thanksgiving meal falls primarily on Terri’s very capable shoulders. I gladly assume the role of sous-chef, which in my case is a highfalutin’ name for a potato-peeler. But when it comes to the pumpkin pie, I (along with Miss Libby) step up to the plate – pun intended.
I’m not sure how experienced cooks test for pie doneness, but once it stops jiggling, I poke a knife in the center (as per the instructions on the can). If it comes out clean, it’s done. The only problem with this approach is that the knife leaves unsightly slashes in the middle of an otherwise beautiful, unblemished tart.
The solution for this problem comes from the world of mathematics, specifically, the 16th letter of the Greek Alphabet … π. Now your pumpkin pie not only looks delicious, it can be the starting point for a really boring Thanksgiving conversation. I guess this is a whole new twist on “Life of Pi.”
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What did the Pilgrims eat?
Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, nuts, onions, dried fruits, maple syrup, honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have been served at the first Thanksgiving feast, which took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621.
Who was invited to the feast?
The Native Americans invited were the Wampanoag Tribe.
And about those pumpkins …
According to libbyspumpkinpie.com (yes, there’s a pumpkin pie website) 90% of the pumpkins grown in the United States are farmed within a 80 mile radius of Peoria, Illinois. The town of Morton, close to Peoria, is claimed to be the Pumpkin Capital of the World.
Libby´s uses Dickinson Pumpkins, not the standard jack-o-lanterns in their canned pumpkin.
Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
They couldn’t get the moose in the oven! 😉
P.S. Terri says, “Welcome to my world.”