Hello again, savvy savers! Happy Pi Day! Today I wanted to post about what Pi is for those who may not know, and for the kiddos at home on Spring break!
Pi Day falls on Mar. 14 (3/14) each year, where in some parts of the world, people celebrate the never-ending mathematical constant: Pi (Greek letter “π”). While National Pi Day did not become official until 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to the effect, the day was celebrated since 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Shaw and his colleagues celebrated the day consuming fruit pies.
Here are a few Pi Day Facts:
1. What is Pi? It’s a symbol used in math to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159.
2. Pi is considered to be an irrational and transcendental number, which means it will continue infinitely without a repetition or a pattern.
3. In 1706, William Jones made it popular to use the Greek letter pi to represent the mathematical constant of 3.14. Incidentally, Pi is the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet and “P” is the 16th letter in the English alphabet.
4. The value of Pi has been calculated to over more than two trillion digits, beyond its decimal point.
5. William Shanks, in 1882, is said to have calculated the first 707 digits of Pi. Unfortunately, he made a mistake after the 527th place and as such, every other calculation after that was incorrect. Chemistry student Chao Lu, meanwhile, set the world record in 2005 by memorizing the first 67,890 digits of pi. Chao reportedly practiced for four years and it took 24 hours and 4 min to accomplish the feat.
6. Albert Einstein was born on Pi Day: March 14, 1879.
7. Man has studied pi for over 4,000 years, dating back to 2000 B.C. when the ancient Babylonians determined that the circle ratio constant was 3-1/8 or 3.125.
8) The ancient Egyptians computed a value that was a little different at 3-1/7 or 3.143. That said, the earliest written record of pi is on the Rhind Papyrus by Ahmes (c. 1650 BC), an Egyptian scribe.
With all of that stated, I wanted to share with you all my recipe for Easy As Pi Strawberry Pie Recipe:
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup strawberry gelatin powder (recommend Jello)
4 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1 9-inch baked pie crust
sweetened whipped cream topping
1 Start by bring sugar, water and cornstarch to a boil over medium heat; approximately seven minutes.
2. Cook, while stirring mixture constantly for 1 minute until thickened.
3. Add package of strawberry gelatin, and fold into mixture until dissolved.
4. Remove from heat; chill mixture two hours in refrigerator, on pot holder, for 2 hours.
5. Arrange strawberries in pastry shell and pour gelatin mixture over; reserve six berries, but on bias for topping.
6. Cover pie and chill 2-4 hours, again in refrigerator.
7. Serve pie with whipped cream if desired.
Remember, you saw this first from my kitchen to yours, at the Lady Prefers To Save!
(Photo Credit for Pi Photo: Benjamin Haas, AP)