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A Pi/Pie Day Giveaway

The cover recipe from the April/May 2012 issue: Lemon Meringue Pie

The cover recipe from the April/May 2012 issue: Lemon Meringue Pie

By Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Web producer

March 12th, 2012

Update: Thanks for all your comments, pie lovers. Jmmm, asaieh9, beccaporter, and kuchenbaaker are the lucky winners of our special issue Pies, Crisps & Cobblers (check your inboxes, folks). Congrats!

It’s true. Math was never my forte. But, I still celebrate Pi Day every March 14, because it’s one of the tastiest holidays ever invented (thanks, Math Geeks. . .you guys are alright!). To some, March 14 is a chance to give a nod to the mathematical constant 3.14159265.

To me and you, it’s a chance to bake and eat pie.

It’s also a chance to win Fine Cooking’s special issue devoted to this beloved dessert. Leave a comment below (nothing math-related, please) about your favorite pies, sweet or savory—YES, pizza is considered an acceptable way to celebrate Pi Day—and on March 14 at 3:14 pm EDT, I’ll pick 3.14 lucky winners to receive a free copy of Fine Cooking’s Pies, Crisps & Cobblers. Better still, I’ll round up to 4 winners even though I know I’m supposed to round down in Pi’s case. See, I told you I was never good at math.

Need some inspiration? View our slideshow to get the recipes for some of our favorite sweet pies for Pi/Pie Day.

Recipes for a Sweet Pi/Pie Day
Classic Southern Pecan Pie Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries & Brown Sugar Streusel
Classic Southern Pecan Pie   Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie   Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries & Brown Sugar Streusel
Recipes for a Savory Pi/Pie Day
Classic Margherita Pizza Mini Pizzas with Arugula, Peppers & Prosciutto Magic Mushroom Medley Grilled Pizza
Classic Margherita Pizza   Mini Pizzas with Arugula, Peppers & Prosciutto   Magic Mushroom Medley Grilled Pizza
Classic Chicken Pot Pie Slow-Cooked Beef Potpie Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust
Classic Chicken Pot Pie   Slow-Cooked Beef Potpie   Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust

Good luck, pie lovers!

posted in: Blogs, baking, pie, Pi Day
Comments (84)

FC_Editors writes: Sure thing, Becca. Thanks for following up. Hope your Pi(e) Day was delicious! Posted: 9:50 am on March 16th

beccaporter writes: I am so excited!! My email address on file was inactive, I just went in and changed it. Could you resend the email, by chance? Thank you! Posted: 3:55 pm on March 15th

TheHedonisticKitchen writes: Most innovative combination of sweet and savory would go to Nate Appleman's ricotta, bacon and wild blueberry pizza pie and has anyone ever had chaos pie....shortbread crust with custard topped with snickers, brownie bits, caramel, fudge and white chocolate drizzle. Just try to stop at one bite. You'll eat it until your sick! Posted: 8:24 pm on March 14th

AngelaKM writes: *have... lol Posted: 5:31 pm on March 14th

AngelaKM writes: Gave the winners been announced? Posted: 5:28 pm on March 14th

user-451206 writes: Mom's banana cream pie with 'made from scratch' vanilla pudding - is my favorite. Her pecan pie is right up there too. Posted: 3:03 pm on March 14th

sreid writes: I would love to win this book! Favorite pie is Saskatoon Berry! Posted: 1:20 pm on March 14th

ccpb writes: How to narrow down? Rhubarb, cherry, boysenberry, key lime, peach, pecan, peanut butter....mmmm, time to go make one of those. Posted: 11:58 am on March 14th

Joan_Emmett writes: We. Love fruit pies any fruit will do. Posted: 10:14 am on March 14th

AVM9 writes: Pear & Almond, though I would never turn down any pie! Posted: 10:09 am on March 14th

tmzoom writes: I make a four fruit pie and it is always a favorite at my house. I use any combination of fruits that are in season. Posted: 10:04 am on March 14th

mictrav2 writes: My favorite pie to make is Lemon Meringue because it was the first one I made with my new Kitchen aide I received for my 30th birthday. I was successful at my first attempt too! Posted: 10:03 am on March 14th

jmmm writes: There is nothing like apple pie, the first thing I learned to bake as a kid, watching my great aunt and my mom. I love that you can make a pie with whatever you have on hand, whether savory or sweet. I love the combination of pears and apples best, especially for fall. But nothing says summer like fresh strawberry and rhubarb. Thanks for pie! Posted: 10:01 am on March 14th

ChowA writes: I always had a soft spot for blackberry pie, made with fresh picked wild blackberries from the field across from my house. Nothing says summer better than pie! Posted: 9:54 am on March 14th

AmateurMark writes: Strawberry-rhubarb is the best pie in the world! Posted: 9:44 am on March 14th

cgirlinthecity writes: My favorite pie is Lemon Lush Pie from The Peach Tree in Fredericksburg, Texas. ( It consists of a Nilla Wafer crust and two layers. The bottom layer is a lemon flavored cream cheese and the top layer is a lemon pudding. Topped with fresh whipped cream and's perfection! Happy Pi Day! Posted: 9:44 am on March 14th

Kpritchett writes: Little pies my grandmother would make. . . But know as cakes. Eccles Cakes to be exact! I would love to know how to make them! Posted: 9:41 am on March 14th

snowdaze writes: I bake Lemon Slice Pie for my Mother's birthday each year - her favorite!
Posted: 9:37 am on March 14th

susank505 writes: Pies are the best dessert!! So many varieties to make you could never get bored!! A different pie every day! These look like the best recipes too. YUMMMMMM!!
Posted: 9:31 am on March 14th

asaieh9 writes: I love all pies: pecan pies, pizza pies, chicken pot pies, any berry pie, key lime pie, cream pies, chocolate pies, holiday pies, banana pies!!! and I love to cook them too ;-) Posted: 9:28 am on March 14th

freynolds writes: Lemon Pie is one of the all time superstars ..... Posted: 9:21 am on March 14th

wlundycan writes: Brown sugar squash pie (FC #35) takes the prize. To date, 100% of tasters have been convinced it's pumpkin alone. Use a butter-lard crust to bring out the sweetness & richness even more; follow with a high-grade tawny port and it doesn't get any better. Posted: 9:13 am on March 14th

beccaporter writes: I am a big fan of baking and eating pies. It seems a lot harder to find a well done pie than cake. I do not know if I have ever actually eaten a pie with a homemade crust except for my own!

My favorites are: apple/sour cherry/cardamom from Ken Haedrich, sour cherry lattice from RLB, chocolate cream pie from Joanne Chang, and brownie pie from Cristina Tosi. Plus, my mother's lemon icebox redone from scratch. Posted: 9:11 am on March 14th

Bike53x12 writes: Down here, it's springtime. Fresh strawberries are in. It's time for strawberry pie with fresh whipped cream. Posted: 9:05 am on March 14th

jentlewolf writes: Who can resist a homemade strawberry pie? Certainly not me! Posted: 9:02 am on March 14th

Scrollman852 writes: Strawberry/Rhubarb.....just like my mom used to make. It just sends me over the top. Posted: 9:00 am on March 14th

buckyp writes: My favorite pie is my wife's bourbon-pecan pie! Mmmmm! Posted: 9:00 am on March 14th

TrixieM2010 writes: I just started to learn how to bake. At 44, I figured it was about time! I started with the Lemon Meringue recipe from the most recent issue of Fine Cooking. The crust is the best I've ever tasted! The lemon flavor is bright and refreshing. It is a real winner and my favorite ever. I can't believe I actually made it ( neither can my husband!) Posted: 8:57 am on March 14th

Lilia37 writes: If I *had* to narrow it down to 1, it would have to be Apple Pie a la mode, but I would hate to make peach pie, cherry pie, coconut cream pie, lemon meringue pie, pumpkin pie (you get the idea) feel bad. As for savoury, a nice slice of Canadian Toutiere sided with a good chutney.... Posted: 8:56 am on March 14th

NJMomCooks writes: Everything I love about pie begins & ends with my grandmother. She raised me & it was her love of baking that ignited my passion for the culinary arts. When I was really little, I remember being in the kitchen with her, "helping" her bake. She made hands down the BEST pie crust. She must have told me 10000 times how to make it, but I never did learn & I regret it.

My favorites were her tangy, creamy lemon merengue pie with it's tall fluffy merengue and her delicious apple pies. She'd soak her apples in sugar & spices before baking. I'd constantly be sneaking in the fridge eating them. She passed away 6 years ago & I still miss her every day. Every time I have a piece of pie, I know I'll never taste one as good as hers =) Posted: 8:54 am on March 14th

healthydelsih writes: Since I'm in a savory mood today, thin crust pizza topped with fig jam, prosciutto, and goat cheese. Posted: 8:53 am on March 14th

AngelaKM writes: p.s. My favorite pie is my gingerbread pecan crusted maple pumpkin pecan crumble pie topped with LOADS of freshly whipped cream! With freshly brewed coffee! :D !! Posted: 8:53 am on March 14th

ddw121 writes: My sister LOVES Banana Blueberry Cream Pie graham cracker crust! now i'll have to try and make one for her!!! Graham cracker crust's i can handle-not so much pastry crusts. Happy PI day!!! Posted: 8:52 am on March 14th

2newfies writes: I just made my mathematician husband one of our favorite pies: fresh sun-ripened peach (froze the peaches from last summer, but still wonderful) Posted: 8:50 am on March 14th

AngelaKM writes: I first learned how to make pie crust from scratch when I was 37 and I believe as a home cook and baker it is one of my greatest kitchen achievements! To me, nothing says 'happy' quiet like serving a variety of pies from scratch, top to bottom!! I believe scratch crust is a dying art! Posted: 8:49 am on March 14th

Kweenb2u writes: So hard to pick one pie, but I would have to say Pecan Pie is my favorite. Plop some cool whip on top and I am in Heaven! :)
Posted: 8:46 am on March 14th

worldtable writes: I love Banana Cream Pie, and one of my favorite tricks to give it more banana flavor than by just adding sliced bananas, is to infuse the milk and cream with a couple of ripe mashed bananas for about an hour. Drain the mashed bananas and discard. Make sure you still have enough milk/cream before making the recipe and measure one more time. This makes the most amazing pie... Posted: 8:45 am on March 14th

cookingwithscents writes: Good Morning to all! I always will have the delectable memory of a good ricotta pie that my late sister made every Easter for our Italian family. It was a simple pie but the sweet taste along with the nuttiness of the roasted pignoli nuts and the just perfect buttery crust made this pie stand out more than any other pies we had over the years including apple and pumpkin, etc....Ah ah Heavenly good with a cup of freshly made brewed coffee! Posted: 8:42 am on March 14th

happyme24 writes: I LOVE lemon meringue pie! That picture on top is making me drool...but I can not seem to get the crust just right!! Posted: 8:40 am on March 14th

krisc writes: I'm making a pie per week in 2012 to perfect the art. Fine Cooking, along with Rose Levy Berenbaum, has been my inspiration! My all-time favorite is Strawberry Rhubarb. My grandmother used to make this pie. While I never got her recipe, I make one every year in her honor. Posted: 6:37 am on March 14th

user-413007 writes: Rhubarb Pie - an old-fashioned way with a custard no-crust top! Posted: 12:14 am on March 14th

kitchenaddiction writes: Pecan pie is my favorite, partially because I worked so hard at perfecting it. I also love, love chocolate cream pie, but have always struggled with shrinkage when pre-baking the crust. Dang it. Posted: 11:44 pm on March 13th

kuchenbaaker writes: Our all time favorite is Sour Cream Rhubarb Streusel Pie - a wonderful Mennonite pie. But lacking fresh rhubarb - the choices for this week would be Frozen Margerita Pie and Chocolate Bailey's Irish Cream and Macadamia Nut Pie... so there's enough left for our traditional St Patrick's Day festivities too! Of course if I had your book I could do one of those instead... Posted: 10:04 pm on March 13th

dmc154 writes: From Apple Pie to Pizza Pie - they all come & go very fast in our home. However, my favorite is Banana Cream Pie. Posted: 8:35 pm on March 13th

sarah_bun writes: I'm going to make Pesto Pizza for Pi Day tomorrow. It's almost St. Paddy's day so it'll be green and I'll have 3.14 slices in honor of Pi Day! Posted: 6:56 pm on March 13th

llf writes: Apple pie and a medieval pear pie that I make are my favorites. Posted: 6:41 pm on March 13th

ChaseAnderson writes: Oh boy! Another reason to have pie, ANY kind of pie from appetizer to dessert! Posted: 11:13 am on March 13th

jonem writes: lemon meringue, strawberry rhubarb, chocolate cream. Anything in a pie shell gets my vote! Posted: 10:25 am on March 13th

cecececilia writes: My favorites are key lime pie and lemon meringue pie. Oh, also banana cream pie. Maybe I should make one for tomorrow! Posted: 9:02 am on March 13th

msliny writes: Mmmmm...Grasshopper Pie!! Posted: 6:54 am on March 13th

Steenahaha writes: Rhubarb... just rhubarb, no strawberries is my favorite pie! Posted: 1:44 am on March 13th

shanley13 writes: blueberry clearly wins, but only if you've picked the berries yourself, and only if it's made by my grandma :) Posted: 9:03 pm on March 12th

Happychefmom writes: We made a heart shaped pizza pie for Valentine's Day, complete with heart-shaped pieces of red bell pepper. Yum! Posted: 8:44 pm on March 12th

Charshane writes: I love all sorts of pie, from a sweet pie to a fruit pie to pizza pie and the French Pie at Christmas, didn't meet a pie that I didn't like. I would love to win this additionl.
thank you
Posted: 8:14 pm on March 12th

rachelmolly writes: apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust. or key lime. or blueberry. or steak mushroom onion and gruyere. or basically any kind of pie you can think of. Posted: 8:11 pm on March 12th

sugarshock writes: I was once asked how someone so young can have such a good pie pastry.....thanks Grandma for your classic pie dough recipe. I always have enough for a full pie and some bits left over to make individual quiches. Posted: 8:09 pm on March 12th

speechie writes: Michigan blueberry pie all the way! Posted: 8:05 pm on March 12th

surfdreams writes: My favorite is cherry amaretto pie. But then there is apple pie, chocolate pie, and chocolate/vanilla icebox pie. don't forget about banana caramel pie or lime pie with a pretzel crust. Posted: 6:48 pm on March 12th

thepiranha writes: A big hunk of warm apple pie, right out of the oven, with a huge scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream on top, dripping down the sides of the hunk o' pie. That's heaven on a plate! Posted: 6:05 pm on March 12th

nicburns writes: We love pie so much we have birthday pie instead of birthday cake. Posted: 5:07 pm on March 12th

Rainfresh writes: I am a big fan of chicken pot pie. For dessert I have a particular fondness for chocolate and peanut butter pie ... with whipped cream, of course. Posted: 4:52 pm on March 12th

JTM1969 writes: As a pastry professional, I love all things baked. Nothing says made from the heart like a homemade pie. It conjures up images and memories of simple times and fresh ingredients. I don't have a particular favorite. I really love a good slice of pie. Posted: 4:46 pm on March 12th

cstironkat writes: My family likes Chocolate icebox pie. It is so good. Posted: 4:40 pm on March 12th

ChefEmilyB writes: Grits pie is my FAVORITE!!! Posted: 4:19 pm on March 12th

Pielove writes: Sour cherry pie is my forte, but I did just make an amazingly delicious Grasshopper pie with Oreo crust for a retro party. Posted: 4:10 pm on March 12th

ejelassi writes: so many favorites...impossible to choose just one! my spiced apple pie, key lime in a chocolate pastry crust, strawberry-rhubarb, my mom's pecan pie and coconut cream are my top 5. and for the savory side: thin crust with pesto, grilled chicken, caramelized onion, feta and garlic (with fresh basil on top to finish). Posted: 3:44 pm on March 12th

ChefchauLA writes: I've always wanted to be a better baker. These recipes look like a great place to start! :) Posted: 3:30 pm on March 12th

HilaryA writes: Cherry pie with sour cherries is the best in my book! Posted: 3:16 pm on March 12th

denheels writes: Hard to choose one -- but have to go with Mom's apple pie as the fave! Posted: 2:24 pm on March 12th

firemedic2379 writes: I love fruit pies but could not and will not live without pizza pie. My favorite is a Greek pizza with olive oil, fresh garlic, spinach, feta, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and a bit of fresh basil. Posted: 2:13 pm on March 12th

LucyMaeJohn writes: Frozen Key Lime Pie! Posted: 2:02 pm on March 12th

choffman writes: I made a lemon meringue last night, but other favorites include buttermilk pie and maple pumpkin with a whole wheat crust. (The whole wheat tastes nutty and slightly crunch and is a great complement to the creamy maple pumpkin filling!) For savory, my kids love Greek pie, which I make with a traditional pie crust filled with wild rice, feta cheese, summer squash, herbs and egg. Delish! Posted: 2:00 pm on March 12th

abbyj writes: my favorite pie is banana cream with white chocolate mixed in... Posted: 1:43 pm on March 12th

asullivan1 writes: I love banana cream pie!!! Posted: 1:30 pm on March 12th

sarahbethe writes: I have too many favorite pies. I love lemon meringue. I also love strawberry rhubarb. There aren't too many pies I don't like! Posted: 1:25 pm on March 12th

Mnmdonnelly writes: So hard to pick a favorite...I love all pie! But this week a strawberry rhubarb sounds particularly good, in honor of spring. Posted: 1:16 pm on March 12th

Acheron writes: I'm a recent fan of Blueberry Peach Spice Pie; it was an extremely successful recipe for friends who are soy and lactose intolerant, and vegans. Posted: 1:14 pm on March 12th

ShariC writes: I have two favorites: my mother's chocolate pie (she would use Hershey bars with almonds and Creme de Menthe) and my grandmother's Sour Cream Raisin pie. May be more the memories than the actual taste.... Posted: 1:12 pm on March 12th

Ziad writes: Apple, Cherry, and Pecan pies.... Posted: 1:09 pm on March 12th

DebrafromMD writes: My most favorite pie is lemon meringue. Posted: 1:02 pm on March 12th

brnmanis writes: Cherry Pie with vanilla ice-cream! Posted: 12:59 pm on March 12th

Ciaogirl writes: My all-time favorite pie is called Apple Maple-Cream Pie. Grade B maple syrup and heavy whipping cream bake right in there to create the best apple pie ever!! Posted: 12:57 pm on March 12th

millerfam0519 writes: I love me some Key Lime Pie! Posted: 12:56 pm on March 12th

Sixty5roses writes: Strawberry Rhubarb or Cherry pie are my favorites! For savory, prosciutto & arugula with lemon vinaigrette pizza "pie"! Posted: 12:55 pm on March 12th

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