March 14th, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Flour power! March 14 is Pi Day, or if you're us, National Pi(e) Day.

Today is the day where we can celebrate the logical left brain and the creative right brain. Pi(e) Day is just that – a time when math and science folks can indulge their sensory side.

Let’s get the Pi stuff cleared up, think back to that day in math class where your teacher made you draw circles for ages. You probably learned about a circle’s circumference (the distance around the circle), and its diameter (the distance across it through the middle of the circle). The ratio of the circumference to the diameter is 3.14 and is called Pi. March 14 is 3/14.

On Pi Day, finding strength in numbers

We seem to celebrate pies a lot around here, and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating Pi(e) day with an apple or pecan pie, here are some other options: National Pecan Pie, National Pie Day, National Apple Pie Day

But why not play around with your food's geometry? You could make perfect circles with ring molds and cookie cutters, or branch out into squares and rectangles. A loaf of banana bread is not only great for breakfast or a mid afternoon snack – it’s a great way to teach a child (or mathematically challenged adult like me) about those equiangular quadrilaterals.

Consider the samosa - India's triangular, stuffed, savory pastry. They usually contain curried vegetables or meat, but you can fill yours with whatever your heart desires and fold them into an isosceles or right angle triangle.

How America celebrates Pi Day

If you’d like to celebrate Pi(e) day in a more well-rounded way, but want to be a touch more creative, why not make some whoopie pies? Or, you could make shepherd’s or cottage pie. This humble dish is great for dinner and the leftovers (if there are any) taste even better.

Usually, shepherd’s pies are made with lamb, and cottage pie with ground meat - usually beef. The meaty base is topped with a layer of creamy (and in my house cheesy) mashed potatoes and then broiled. Just make sure to use a traditional tin, rather than a casserole pan so the whole thing comes full circle.

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  1. JoannC

    Pie R square NO Pie are round.....hahahahahahahhahahahahah

    March 15, 2014 at 9:46 am |
    • Al Schrader

      Took me a lifetime to figure out where the number for Pi comes from. What I found is incredible.

      March 15, 2014 at 10:47 am |
  2. Kris

    Pi is not 3.14. Pi is approximately 3.14 or 22/7. Pi is always the ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter. Let's be more precise when writing articles on pi, please. If we don't take it seriously, why would we expect our student's to do so?

    March 15, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  3. Garnet Nye

    How about a blueberry tart?

    March 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Deirdre

    If you consider yourself a "math appreciator", I admire that. Please don't follow up that statement with "I'm not particularly good at math."

    There seems to be a double standard where folks can openly say that they are bad at or don't like math. Would you EVER say that about reading? This makes it acceptable for our children to be bad at math or to dislike math. It allows them to own that.

    Help a math teacher out! Encourage children to explore and play with math. There are so many ways to think about and approach problems and is a skill that they will use EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIVES!

    March 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  5. svann

    But what is it in metric?

    March 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  6. Tau, because Pi is still wrong...

    March 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  7. live4grace

    March 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  8. SilentBoy741

    The "real" actual Pi Day would have occurred on 3/14, way back in 1592, at 6:53 and 59 seconds, so I don't really see what the big deal is now...

    March 14, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Alverant

      It's an excuse to eat pie with friends.

      March 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  9. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    22/7 is close

    March 14, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Ed G.

      YES, now I just have to get to Europe on July 22 so I can justify eating more pie!

      March 15, 2013 at 10:12 am |
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