Sunday, January 23, 2011

Any Way You Slice It, Pie is Good!

From The Nursery Rhymes of England collected by James Orchard Halliwell, 5th Edition (1886), Halliwell wrote, "The following is used by schoolboys, when two are starting to run a race:

One to make ready
And two to prepare
Good luck to the rider,
And away goes the mare!'“

Please and thank~you ahead for allowing me to retell the above enthusiastic, little witty~ditty, employing Cellar Door-speak:




Merry are the bells and merry do they ring,
as we join their tintinnabulation in celebration of

National Pie Day!
(Sunday, January 23, 2011)

HUZZAH and sweet hallelujah! The National Pie Council's calendar-wish is, today, finally realized! Replacing a typical Sunday with one dedicated to the forward bringing of words promoting the body and soul goodness of pie, in return, the Calendar Fairy asks only that the cold snaps of January be warmed by a coming together that urges "random acts of pieness" in celebration: Eat Pie! Share pie! Tell tales of pie memories! Eat more pie (In kind, a making of more pie memories yet)! Do raise a fork of plumps-for, rejoicing this glorious dessert staple!

Heartened by myfriendsat

(In particular, Olive Snook in

“Pigeon,” Episode 4, Season 1,

who, unbeknownst to The Pie Maker, understands the deliciousness of pear and gruyère, brightly suggests to Chuck, busy experimenting with a receipt concocted expressly for the lifting up of spirits : “You know what’d be delicious? Pear with gruyère crust! Bet that’d be real good!”),

Cheese-lace the integument of my

When I was wee, my father’s brother, Putnam, would come to call on some Sunday mornings with his Granpawpo’s best-loved “novel,” Aesop’s Fables, in one hand and, of his own making in the other, a fresh pear pie in the other. After he read aloud a tale or two, or three or six, he and I would, on the floor’s round rug, crayon drawings to match chosen favorites from the book, taking BIG bites of our pear pie pieces between each of our colorful sketches!

Uncle Putty’s "Pearable" Pie,
I then did,
and that of which I have baked
for this most auspicious “feast” day!

Just say the secret words

Found my mittens!”,

and you shall have some pie!

Now was that so very hard?

I think not!

Image sources: “The Rocking-Horse-Fly” ~ This wood-engraving by William Dalziel is an
illustration to the third chapter of Through the Looking Glass by John Tenniel, who wrote of this creature: “It's made entirely of wood, and gets about by swinging itself from branch to branch. . . [it lives on] sap and sawdust.”;
steady and ready fork; original vintage magazine print ad for Crisco featuring recipes for Chocolate Sundae Pie, Coronation Butterscotch Pie, Harvest Home Grape Pie, and Garden of Eden Pie along with the master recipe for Crisco Pastry was first featured at and Aesop book page.

1 comment:

  1. I only have 2 things to say:

    Simple Simon met a pie man
    Going to the fair.
    Said Simple Simon to the pie man
    "Let me taste your ware."
    Said the pie man to Simple Simon,
    "Show me first your penny."
    Said Simple Simon to the pie man,
    "Indeed, I haven't any."

    And keeping on in the nursery rhyme mode:

    Little Jack Horner sat in a corner
    Eating his Christmas pie.
    He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum
    And said "What a good boy am I."