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It's as easy as pie

January 8, 2010 - Kathie Evanoff
According to the American Pie Council, on Jan. 23, we all should be celebrating National Pie Day.

I find this fascinating.

I knew there was a “national” day for just about everything, so I wasn’t surprised to hear there was a National Pie Day. I was surprised, however, to hear there was an American Pie Council, although I don’t know why I was surprised. After all, anyone with a hobby can probably find an association or council to join to share with others their love of whatever it is they do.

What’s fun is the American Pie Council isn’t discriminating. They don’t promote any particular product or large food conglomeration. They simply like to talk about pie.

For $40 you can get a lifetime membership in the American Pie Council. The membership is $30 if you are a senior citizen or a student, or $75 if you are a professional pie baker. For your membership fee, you get information about the pie industry exclusive only to members and a quarterly newsletter called “The Pie Times.” You can register online at

As long as you’re online, you also can “friend” the APC on Facebook.

According to an e-mail I received from the council, this year they are encouraging pie lovers to show their “pie-triotism” by sharing a pie with a hero in their life. I like that idea. You can share a pie with someone in the military, a local fireman or police officer, your parents or your spouse. Basically, anyone, but particularly someone you consider a hero.

The pie council hosts a pie championship competition, the pie-version of what I assume is the Pillsbury Bake-Off. This year’s competition will be April 23 to 25 in Celebration, Fla. I like pie. I like to bake pies, make pie crust and eat pie.

Unfortunately, my pie-eating days are numbered. As of next week, I will be participating in the Tribune Chronicle’s annual fitness challenge. You’ve read about it and you’ll be reading a lot more on the Tuesday health pages of the Tribune over the next couple months. I am told this year’s competition has broken a record for teams that signed up for the challenge.

I will be blogging about my experiences in the competition. All proceeds go to charity. I will reveal my team in a later blog, but in the meantime, I’m going to go get some pie. I have a few days left.


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