DAILY DIRT: Pumpkin pie a runaway No. 1? Really??

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Pumpkin Pies is as much of a Thanksgiving staple as turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Photo by Element5 Digital

Daily Dirt for Monday, Oct. 16, 2023

Key lime pie really deserves more love … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 756 of The Daily Dirt.

1. I have to admit I was at least mildly surprised at the overwhelming percentage of respondents who picked pumpkin as their favorite Thanksgiving pie in a recent poll I saw.

Granted, I’m not a big pumpkin pie guy, but the sizable difference was what raised my eyebrows.

There are some great kinds of pies that fared no better than also-ran status. Here are the results, which were coordinated by lesrepasdemonenfance.com:

1. Pumpkin, 23 percent

2. Pecan, 14 percent 

3. Apple, 12 percent

4. Sweet potato, 8 percent (Seriously? Shouldn’t sweet potato pie count as one of those pot pies you heat up in the microwave?)

5-tie. Cherry, 5 percent

5-tie. Blueberry, 5 percent

All with 3 percent:

  • Boston cream
  • Key lime
  • Banana cream
  • Strawberry
  • Peanut butter
  • Coconut cream
  • Lemon meringue

All with 2 percent:

Peach

Rhubarb

2. Obviously, those voters need some help, and that’s what I’m here for.

Here are your top pie choices come Turkey Day:

1. Key lime: The perfect post-turkey treat. 

2. Peanut butter: And if the key lime is a bit too tart for your taste buds, go with the creamy peanut butter pie with the mile-high meringue.

3. Banana cream: There’s no holiday meal that cannot be enhanced by this addition.

4. Apple: The Babe Ruth of pies. Just add a scoop of ice cream for perfection plus.

5. Boston cream: This entry can be the perfect accent for any of the cold-weather holiday get-togethers.

3. The best of “Found on Facebook” from the weekend:

  • “Bacon is 73 percent fat and very salty. Me too, bacon. Me too.”
  • “You really gotta hand it to short people. Mainly because they can’t reach it.”
  • “I’ve found a great place to order sausage online. I’ll send you a link.”
  • “Please remember you are not useless. You can always be used as a bad example.” (This may be my all-time favorite.)
  • “My goal is to be that old person that everyone is afraid to take out in public.”

Steve Thought O’ The Day — I just reread this post, and now I’m hungry. Very, very hungry.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. Banana Cream pie is seriously underrated.

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