I emailed my friend Rob to see if he had any updates for National Pie Day this year. He is the only pie judge I know. Official, that is.
Just a year ago he was guest blogger with the National Pie Day post. When I went to retrieve the post and his photos with Willard Scott and Keegan Gerhard, I remembered how a fellow blogger helped me out that day. No visible pictures had posted when I published the guest blog, just blue boxes with question marks. I saw them on my computer but no one else could see them on theirs!
Thanks to the expertise of Chicago John from the Bartolini Kitchens Blog we were able to see Rob’s photos last year.
And although I knew it was National Pie Day today, you see what I came up with this year?
The idea of pie. The possibility of pie. Contemplating the making of pie.
What’s available in the larder?
A lone can of pumpkin?
A few apples for school lunch?
Tons of citrus, some grapes. There are raisins in the fridge but raisin pie has zero appeal to me.
So here’s my offering, Rob.
A pretty pie plate in the afternoon sun and the mere suggestion of a pie to be created. Great for the calorie count, if one were so inclined.
GUEST BLOGGER Rob Bard, Pie Judge
(-and good friend! Our eldest sons went to school together when stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in 1986 -87)
Here is what Rob says:
January 23rd is National Pie Day
so I wanted to send some photos along to commemorate this historic day. Here is the website
for the American Pie Council regarding National Pie Day
. It also has links to the Crisco National Pie Championships
and the American Pie Festival
which is held in April in Orlando. I will be judging again this year. This will be my 5th year.
The Crisco National Pie Competition
is being held this year April 27-29. Friday is the Commercial Division of pies and those are your wholesalers, pies like you buy at the grocery, Walmart, etc.
On Saturday is the Amateur Division and these are the best. These pies are made by people like you and me. They are made with love and they are truly your “homemade” pies. I love judging that day. With over 900 pies entered, judges are divided up and we sample just a certain type of pie. There are 18 categories. I try to always select the cherry pie, my favorite. The most pies I have ever judged was 28 different cherry pies over 2 days.
Sunday is the Professional Division and these are just that. This category are those individuals that have “made a living” selling pies and the professional pastry chefs.
I have met some nice people along the way. Pie has a way of bringing people together.
Met Keegan Gerhard, Food Challenge, from Food Network.
Gale Gand from the Food Network and owner of Tru restaurant in Chicago
For a little get together in the neighborhood I baked this pie
(and it was so pretty I had to take a photo).
This recipe (not me) was a winner in the competition one year. It is called, US Rt 1, Maine to Key West, Blueberry/Key Lime Pie
. I can see why it was a winner. Recipes for winning pies, and others, can be found on the American Pie Council website.
Did you notice the photo on my shirt? That is a photo of my grandson, Owen. It drew lots of attention at the competition.
I should mention that the motto of the American Pie Council is, “In Crust, We Trust“.
Eat More Pie!
Have a great day,
Thanks Rob for guest blogging today and sharing your photos. You might remember Rob took the photo of the wine glass on the patio table by the lake.
And he was part of my Gallery of Veterans post. (I am still waiting for some friends to send their photos for that Gallery’s future posts.)
I think sour cherry pie might be my favorite pie, Rob. Hope you will send an update on your judging experience this year. xxoo Ruth E.