Pi(e) day: 5 days to go!

Dining Out for Life is this Thursday, March 12, 2009. More than 200 restaurants will donate 25% of their food proceeds to A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life. I’ll be at the Cascade Room. Where will you dine?

It’s pi(e) day on Saturday. It’ll be March 14, or 3/14 – which, if you squint and turn your head sideways, is 3.14. And, as all geeks know, 3.14 = pi.

You don’t have to be a geek to appreciate it, either. Any day you get to eat pie is a good day.

Gettng flaky pie crust is simple science. The key ingredients in pie dough: flour, water, and fat. The flour and water interacts to create gluten, providing the pie’s structure. The fat is incorporated to interrupt this structure. As a pie bakes in the oven, the fat melts and leaves a void where it used to be. The result: layers of pastry with air between them. When you bite into the crust, you perceive the pastry-air mixture as flakiness.

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2 responses to “Pi(e) day: 5 days to go!

  1. Well, a real geek would point out that 3.14 is only an approximation of pi, and a pretty poor one at that. 😉

  2. But true geeks will eat pi(e) at 1:59 on Saturday. I don’t think my pie will be ready then, but otherwise I’d do it.

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