Beth Siegalkoff

National Great American Pot Pie Day celebrates a distinctly American pie, the pot pie. The celebration was created in 2002 by Marie Callender’s, a company that makes frozen pot pies among other things.

The original intention was for the day to be celebrated on the first day of fall, but Sept. 23 continued to be the day of its celebration after it was first celebrated on that day.

Although a pot pie is similar to a meat pie, it is an American creation that was first referred to in print in the United States in 1785. The first frozen pot pies were chicken and were introduced by Swanson foods in the early 1950s.

Typically, a pot pie includes both a flaky top and bottom crust but, occasionally, some recipes omit the bottom crust. Fill them with chicken, turkey or beef, seafood, pork, and lots of vegetables: potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, squash, etc. Finally, the gravy and seasonings make a pot pie irresistible. This crowd pleaser draws families together.

During the cooler days, a meal of pot pie easily uses up vegetables from the garden and leftovers. Several pies may be prepared ahead and frozen, too. During crisper evenings, gather friends and family around the table.

These hot pies can be made to serve individually or one large pie. Either way, the aroma fills the home and warms the heart, and memories are made.

Speaking of pie, do you know what “Fries My Pie!” lately?

People who are negative! My mom always told me, “If you can’t say something nice, then do not say anything at all.”

We all know times have been trying with the pandemic, the fires, loss of jobs, bad air, social distancing, face masks. etc., but let us not dwell on it to the point of being paralyzed by it. We need to find the positive out of the negative and not put down people who already have that positive attitude.

I was in a local store recently and a curmudgeon, trying to be grumpy, asked the clerk what was there to be cheerful about, and she said without skipping a beat – “I have hope because I am a child of God.” His response – “You are so right, thanks for reminding me,” reassures my heart and my mind that our future is in good hands. It made my day and this column.

As of yesterday, we are now in the Autumnal Season. I love that word “autumnal”. Saying autumnal just seems to make the air feel 10 degrees cooler. The days will get shorter and, hopefully, cooler.

I thought we were headed in that direction earlier, but it seems Mother Nature has one last breath of hot air. Let’s hope it is the last, so we can enjoy the autumnal weather. And the cooler weather will discourage the wasps and the flies – although, I will miss the butterflies. We have been blessed by three large yellow and black Monarch butterflies that flutter around our yard all summer long. They or their offspring have been showing up for years. I don’t know how they found our home, but I am sure glad they did.

Recipe of the day: Pumpkin Banana Pancakes; Flower of the day: Alstroemeria

Dates to remember:

Oct. 1 - Full Harvest Moon

Oct. 12-13 – Quarter Break for the high schools – no school

Oct. 31 – Halloween with a Full Hunter’s Moon, also considered a Blue moon since it is the second full moon in a month

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.