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Cherries from the colder climes and bourbon from the warmer make an irresistible treat for Pi Day (3.14) and Pi Month (3.’14). They work so well together I almost believed the two were old friends, but practically don’t share any heritage at all. Travers City, Michigan is the “Cherry Capitol of the World”, while Kentucky is the home of most Bourbon.
The state of Michigan is the largest producer of sour cherries in North America (the Eastern European countries are making a killing on sour cherries that beats li’l old Michigan’s numbers by far). These hearty little fruits are well suited to cold climates, hence why they flourish in Canadian climates as well.
In my search for more knowledge about sour cherries I found some information about their pain relieving qualities that everyone from the Mayan people to Aboriginals to modern researchers recognize. They’re high in vitamins, antioxidants, melatonin (good for sleep) and other things that fight bad stuff, like cancer.
Bitter fruits are all about great health. Cranberries are high in antioxidants. Grapefruits are hydrating wells of disease fighting compounds and vitamins. I mentioned these two particularly bitter fruits but aren’t most fruits and vegetables a great source of this stuff? Yup, but even the bitter fruits are good, and I do my best to love them even when I pucker at their taste.
Enough about the fruit, while preparing this wonderful pie I listened to a great story told by the grandson of one of Kentucky’s great bourbon distillers, Jim Beam. It sure put me in a good mood for this pie (even though I used Knob Creek bourbon… shhh).
After sharing some slices with my mom and BFF, I enjoyed the remainder of the pie for a few consecutive breakfasts. Sometimes I feel really lucky not to have kids — and usually it’s when I’m eating terrible food, like pie, for breakfast. So, if I had kids, wouldn’t I have to set an example and eat something healthy? I think crumbles and pies make fantastic breakfasts once in a while and I don’t know if I’d be able to hold off for some twenty years. No way. This no sweet pie for breakfast thing is a total deal breaker. (Considering the number of times I’ve thought about that should tell you how many times I don’t eat particularly “healthy” breakfasts. I’m blushing.)
While contemplating what song to include for Pi Day, I found there really are a ton of songs about pies, but not so many about pi. After a lot of searching, I found this darling song by Kissogram, a short-lived German band from the early 2000s. They made cute lo-fi electropop music including a song called “She’s An Apple Pie” (close enough to cherry pie, I think):
Cherry Pie Your Love With Me!
(Found on Epicurious, Bon Appétit Test Kitchen)
Makes two pies.