Post written by Hudson Kyle, Vox reporter
Most remember, some less fondly than others, their days of high school mathematics. Today, an international holiday — at least, we like to think so — celebrates a staple of high school math and a staple of the dinner table: pi(e). (For those whose memory is rusty, pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.) To celebrate 3.14 this year, Vox asked a few food bloggers to suggest their favorite pie recipes.
Jennifer Hill of “Foodess“
Pi Day pick: S’mores pie
Jennifer Hill’s cooking roots trace back to her childhood but not to a mentoring family member the way many other cooks’ roots do. “[Cooking] was something I did when my family wasn’t looking,” says Hill, who blogs out of Vancouver. “I got myself into good messes in the kitchen when I was little.” When Hill started working toward her degree in food science and nutrition, she found herself in need of a creative outlet in the midst of her science-heavy coursework. Hill describes the substance of her blog, “Foodess,” as “comfort food stepped up a notch but still accessible to all.”
Cassie Laemmli of “Bake Your Day“
Pi Day pick: Crack pie , a sweet, buttery dessert courtesy of chef Christina Tosi.
“Bake Your Day,” was born out of love for family — hers and that of her new husband. The seeds of Laemmli’s love for cooking came from her mother’s and grandmother’s recipes. She decided to start blogging when, after marrying her husband two years ago, his family would frequently ask for the recipes of different dishes she’d bring to family functions. Laemmli is careful to avoid the unhealthy additives in pre-prepared food from grocery stores. “Anytime you can make something at home, you’re much better off,” she says.
Kelly Jaggers of “Evil Shenanigans“
Pi Day pick: Toasted pecan chocolate cheese tart, which has a cheesecake-type filling and a rich, creamy flavor.
Jaggers, who lives in Dallas, started “Evil Shenanigans” in 2006 when she started culinary school to share her daily goings-on with friends and family. Despite the thousands of food blogs on the Internet, Kelly Jaggers saw a distinct void that she felt she could fill. “There are so many health food bloggers, vegan bloggers and gluten free bloggers,” she says. “I feel like there’s a need for someone who says, ‘Yeah, that’s great, but here’s macaroni and cheese.’”
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