Today is Pi day, the day which was put onto the calendar of "days" because of math but has morphed into the selling and eating of pies. Why does promoting pies have anything to do with pi the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — the number that begins 3.14. A Greek mathematician, Archimedes of Syracuse, is believed to have been the first to come up with this and the number 3.14 is π (pi) in Greek and is pronounced as (pie).
Got that? Also the circumference of a circle looks like a pie so we jump to the selling and eating of pies. I hate math.
In any event most bakeries will be touting their pies today and there are many great ones. Closest to us here at the seminary is Pie Oh My which is just ambrosia. Jane Callahan started out selling her pies at farmers markets a few years ago and then opening a small shop on Sutton BLVD in Maplewood. She is known best for her small individual sized pies, slices, minis and tarts, which are the most amazing things I've ever eaten. You can order full sized pies in advance.
Last year she retired from the business but sold it to a longtime employee who has continued the goodness. I'm telling you these little pies are a treat beyond your imagination. I happen to love the Chocolate Bourban Pecan, the filling and crust just explodes with flavor and truth be told, I will eat the whole thing driving home. This makes me want to go there today but I'd bet the small space will be crowded. There's just something about how the crusts are made and tastes which sets this place apart.
Last spring when Katie was in town I talked her into stopping by Pie Oh My on our way back from somewhere and she was so so about it. But when she took her first bite she went out of her mind. If you are ever in Maplewood stop by and try one. It's just off Manchester on Sutton in the downtown.