Monday, January 18, 2010

Random Acts of Pieness

January 23rd is National Pie Day so in anticipation and celebration of this “holiday,” I baked a cherry pie for my husband Paul yesterday (so Betty Crocker of me!).  Although I love to cook I’ve never been much of a baker but have learned over the years to make a couple of delicious baked delights.  Here’s my simple cherry pie recipe:
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 bags frozen sour cherries (I like the Dole brand)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

In a medium sized bowl, mix together sugar, corn starch, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.  Next, add cherries to the bowl and toss well then add lemon juice and toss some more.  Pour cherry mixture onto pie crust, place top crust on the filling, then brush top crust with cream.  Cover the edges of the pie crust with foil and bake on 375 for 30 minutes. Remove foil and return to baking for another 20-30 minutes, or until pie is bubbly.  Let pie sit for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy!
Here is the finished product.  Fittingly, I’m wearing the “Cherry Pie” Retro Revival apron.  I’ve gone “pie crazy” and sewn up lots of pie aprons -- here are a couple more:
My cherry pie is in a beautiful, ceramic pie plate given to me by my friend Melanie and the pot holders were handmade from a couple of my vintage, 1950’s tablecloths by my friend Renee. Here’s a closer look at the potholders:
The American Pie Council ( suggests many ways to celebrate National Pie Day; here are a few:
1. Perform random acts of pieness by baking a pie for your loved ones.
2. Eat pie.  Whether you make it yourself, buy it at a supermarket or bakery or order it at a restaurant, eat some pie on National Pie Day.
3. Share pie.  If you make or buy a pie, share it.  By its very nature, pie is meant to be eaten with others.
4. Hold a pie night.  Gather family and friends for a pie celebration.  Everyone should bring one homemade pie for the pie buffet.
5. Hold a pie-making contest.  Invite the best pie-makers in town to compete for prizes in various categories and be sure to include the kids.  Ask cooking teachers, pastry chefs and pie lovers to be judges; contact the American Pie Council and receive a sample APC pie judging sheet.
6. Hold a charity pie-throwing or pie-eating contest or a pie auction and donate the proceeds to your local community food bank.
7. Stage kid's pie activities.  Have kids compete in pie-making, pie poetry and pie art contests.
8. Publish pie memories and recipes.  Make pie often and serve them to the next generation.
9. Join the American Pie Council.  Contact the American Pie Council, the only national organization devoted to eating, making, selling, promoting and enjoying pie!

My thanks to one of my favorite customers, Sara Courtemarsh from Santa Clarita, California, for sending me this picture:
How cute is Sara?!  She’s wearing her “Hello Hello Birdie” Retro Revival apron, designed with a nod to the 1940’s; it slips comfortably over her neck and ties at the waist, behind her back.


Thank you all for becoming followers of this blog and many thanks for your comments –I really enjoy hearing from you!  I wrote down the names of all nine participants, placed them in a bowl and Paul drew the winner for me…Congratulations to "Just Mimi"!  Mimi: please email me your address to so I can ship you this pretty little number this week.
And everyone, please check back next week when I’ll announce the February Retro Revival Blog Giveaway – it’s really cool but will keep you warm (hint, hint).


Anonymous said...

I love love love the pot holders! Do you sell these on your site? - Georgia

Just Mimi said...

Thank you so much! I'm so excited and can't wait to receive my cap!