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I’ve written a lot in the last month about so called “food holidays”, days that some politician somewhere has deemed important enough to commemorate with some sort of food. I find them hilarious at best and perplexing at worst. Case in point: March 30 is National Turkey Neck Soup Day. What?? How is that even a thing? But today is one, unofficial as it may be, that I love. Pi day. 3.14159265359. March 14. Rather than some random ridiculous day honoring something odd, like green beans or turkey necks, it is clever and funny, a combination sorely lacking in the majority of these “food holidays”. So every year on Pi Day, I make a pie.

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Eton Mess. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Oh those Brits. Makes you wonder what they were thinking when they named things like Spotted Dick, Jam Roly Poly and Stargazey Pie. So let me tell you about “Eton Mess”. It’s a delightful traditional English dessert said to have originated in the 19th century at the hoity toity British boarding school and is traditionally served on June 4th at the annual cricket game against the rival Harrow School. It always contains ripe fresh strawberries, whipped cream and meringue bits all sort of folded together or if you’re fancy, layered parfait style, in a bowl or cup. The strawberry juices run into the cream, which soaks into the crunchy meringue bits making one delicious mess of a dessert.

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