March 12, 2010
Oh my, how Americans love pie

banana cream pie.jpgDid you know that 1 in 5 Americans have eaten an entire pie by themselves?

Seems reasonable in a gluttonous sort of way.

The American Pie Council also recently reported that 113 million people have eaten pie for breakfast.

Guilty as charged.

This little factoid is a bit odder: apparently 1/3 of Americans have eaten pie in bed.

Seriously? Pie in bed?

Pie's a dessert associated with wholesomeness, red-checkered tablecloths and grandmothers, not sexiness. Notice that there's no pie in the food scene of the 1986 drama "9 1/2 weeks."

But no matter where you eat pie, Sunday is the perfect day to indulge in a slice or two (or eight if you're among the 1 in 5 who eat the whole thing) since it's Pi day, a celebration of the mathematical constant 3.14.

Want to learn more about Pi Day? Check out my story from this week's Food & Wine section and click here to see accompanying recipes.

Check out the American Pie Council's Web site for more Pi Day-worthy recipes.

Do you plan on celebrating Pi Day with a favorite pie? Share your pie recipes or where to purchase a great pie in the comments section below.

Bee file photo by Owen Brewer.

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