Crazy for Pi … and Pie

March 14 is just around the corner. If you haven’t remembered to add some special items to your grocery list to get ready for Monday, don’t forget to grab what you need from the shelf and get everything in your cart. Pi Day is almost here.

March 14 is just around the corner. If you haven’t remembered to add some special items to your grocery list to get ready for Monday, don’t forget to grab what you need from the shelf and get everything in your cart. Pi Day is almost here.

Whether you want to celebrate Einstein’s birthday on March 14 or pay homage to the most fascinating of all transcendental, irrational numbers, you can do it with an almost infinite number of kinds of pie. Sweet, savory, somewhere in between? Do it all on Pi Day.

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximated at 3.14159, and, even though it has been calculated to more than 1 trillion digits, it’s a manageable, easy-to-use, and pretty accurate part of a mathematical equation at 10 digits long, or 3.141592653.

March 14 (or 3/14, or 3.14) gives us a good reason to celebrate an amazing number … and we get to do it with pie. All kinds of pie.

It might be a quiche for breakfast, a pizza pie for lunch, a shepherd’s pie (round, of course) for dinner, and a classic apple pie for dessert. Maybe the family will get lucky, though, and one of those “really wanted to try, actually turned out delicious” recipes will show up again on Monday. Here’s the last one, which was pretty popular at a recent family get-together (plus, it’s easy to make with no baking and little mess).

No-Bake Apple & Candy Bar Cream Pie

Ingredients

Graham cracker pie crust

1 cup chopped candy bar (more or less to taste)

3 apples, sliced and chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 cups whipped dessert topping

4 oz. cream cheese

1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Directions

Prepare pie crust and set aside. Chop candy bars and apples, placing in separate small bowls. Sprinkle chopped apples with lemon juice. Set aside. Combine whipped topping, cream cheese, and sweetened condensed milk in large bowl. Fold in apples and candy bars. Pour into pie crust. Refrigerate 3 hours.

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