What’s this? Pies?

Forget the chase, let’s cut to the filling.

Inspired by Harold and Maude, Matthew Rowley searched high and low for a Ginger Pie recipe before putting one together himself. Like the film, this custardy creation brings together young ginger and aged rum, but unlike the film, nobody has to die.

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If you already had pie for dinner, go ahead and have this savory Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Cobbler for dessert. The recipe calls for dry cider and dry sherry, and while cooking turns all that fun into flavor, we won’t tell if you sample the ingredients.

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Shelley mixes things up with the Haw Berry Kumquat Pie, using Beijing Haw berries and, you guessed it, kumquats. The result is a “tart, sweet, and citrus-y” pie with a “fragrant almond crust.” Check out the full recipe and learn more about the significance of these fruits.

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Donna Currie works eight digits of Pi into her recipe, calling for “3 kinds of fruit, 1 basic pie crust recipe, 4 ingredients in the crumb topping, 1 nutty ingredient,” etc. The resulting 3.1415926 Pie looks very colorful and well-rounded.

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Don’t worry, there’s more where these came from.

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Now, Never, or Next Year

i-6ffedc6ebc9127ff6c2fa0f73b537eab-procbuzz.jpgListen up, procrastinators—Coturnix reminds us on A Blog Around the Clock that we only have until the stroke of midnight to submit the best blog entries of the year to OpenLab 2009. He writes “we are looking for original poems, art, cartoons and comics” as well as essays. You can see which posts have already been nominated, and order previous years’ editions. So start scrounging the archives! And while you’re at it, head over to Effect Measure to learn about the inner workings of viruses from Revere. You can compare photomicrographs of the swine flu virus with highly detailed, colorful “cartoon” models of a virus, courtesy of the CDC. Then for more eye-catching images, see one of GrrlScientist’s last photos of New York City on Living the Scientific Life (Scientist Interrupted), and take in a psychedelic poster of DNA transforming into life on Jessica Palmer’s Bioephemera. Don’t put it off, do it now! You will thank yourself later.

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