Author Jo E. Pinto has a positively yummy approach to National Pie Day!
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Chocolate Peanut Crunch Pie
Today, March 14, is National Pie Day. PI is a formula found in mathematical equations. You have probably used it at least a few times in your life, maybe not since your school days, to find the area of a circle. The formula for that is PI r squared. We celebrate pie today because of the date, 3.14, which also stands for the numbers the PI formula begins with. Any reason to enjoy good food, right? PI is never-ending, because the numbers after 3.14 go on forever. The value of PI was estimated by the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes around 200 B.C. and has been a thorn in the side of schoolchildren ever since. Some say the Egyptians approximated PI up to 1500 years earlier than Archimedes did!
In honor of the PI formula, I’ve chosen a recipe for one of the first pies I ever learned to make, back in my junior high home ec class, some thirty-five years ago. It’s an oldy but a goody. Home ec classes are long gone from schools these days, sadly; I guess I’m showing my age here. I think home ec taught valuable skills to both girls and boys, as did wood shop, photography, auto mechanics, drafting, and so many other courses that have gone by the wayside. Anyway, to the pie!
4 cups Corn or Rice Chex cereal, crushed to 1 cup
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped cocktail peanuts (the salted, shelled kind that come in a bag or jar)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1-1/2 cups milk
1 4-1/2 ounce package chocolate instant pudding mix
1 cup dairy sour cream
To prepare Chex crust, preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a 9-inch pie plate. Combine crushed Chex cereal, sugar, and chopped peanuts. Mix well with hands. Add melted butter or margarine; mix thoroughly. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and sides of pie plate. Bake ten minutes; cool completely.
To prepare filling: mix milk and dry instant pudding powder in large bowl. Beat one minute with mixer on low speed until all powder is incorporated into milk. Beat in sour cream just until blended.
To assemble: turn filling into cooled pie shell. Chill about one hour or till set. Garnish with whipped cream or additional peanuts. Best served same day, while crust is at its crunchiest.
MORE ON JO…
“The Bright Side of Darkness” Is an award-winning novel, Available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.
About the author…
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.
Rick Myers, an orphan without much faith in the future, and Daisy Bettencourt, a blind girl who is running from an alcoholic father and a set of overprotective foster parents, cross paths at a high school baseball game and make their way together. Daisy becomes the bright spot in Rick’s universe as he and his four lifelong friends–Tim, Mark, and the twins–battle the forces of poverty and hopelessness. Mark’s grandma dies of heart failure, and Tim’s stepdad is arrested on felony child abuse charges, leaving them, like Rick and Daisy, with no authority figures in their lives.
Rick and Daisy are trailed by a fat man in a battered green jeep who makes Rick more and more uneasy as the weeks pass. Then, just when Rick discovers an interest in the culinary field and decides to complete his education, the bottom drops out of his world.
There’s nothing a damn bit bright about sunshine when you’re seventeen and you see it from the wrong side of a jail cell window.
It isn’t that I’m moping for my lost freedom or anything. I wouldn’t give a half a crap for my life anymore now that the crew is scattered to the four winds, and all I have left of Daisy is her parting note in the waistband of my jeans and a wilted dandelion dangling between my fingers. But it seems to me that the Man Upstairs could have marked my downfall with a terrific thunderstorm or at least a few nasty black clouds out of the west.
When there’s a war or a funeral or some other sad thing going on in the movies, the sky usually turns dark and ugly, and the rain pours down in buckets. The longer I stare at the square of sunlight streaming through the tiny window of my cell and stealing across the floor, the lonelier I feel. August 27, 1986, is slipping by the same as every other hot, heavy day, and I’m the only one in the world who knows that nothing will ever be all right again.
It hasn’t always been this way. I ought to have known better than to believe I could reach out and snag a piece of paradise, but for a little while I had it on my fingertips. Breaks are hard to come by for kids from the projects, though, and sure enough, all I ended up with at the last second was empty hands.
I’m doing my level best to hold off a flood of memories, but my mind keeps drifting back to the sweltering summer evening when the chain of events began that shattered my world into a zillion pieces. First thing tomorrow morning, some juvenile court judge will decide if my life is worth rebuilding. Maybe he’ll have better luck with my future than I did with my past.
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