Happy National Pie Day boys and girls. It's the day when we celebrate this delicious culinary treat. I LOVE pie. Cherry, apple (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream), banana cream, chicken pot...the pie-sibilities are endless! Will it be one of the 231 varieties of apple pie, the favorite of 36 million Americans? Perhaps pumpkin pie, which was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrim's second Thanksgiving in 1623? Or maybe a pecan pie, which is the third most popular choice in our nation of pie lovers? I am encouraging pie lovers everywhere to enjoy some pie in honor of National Pie Day.

According to the American Pie Council, approximately $700 million in pies (approximately 186 million units) are sold in grocery stores every year. Nearly 1 out of 5 Americans prefer apple pie, followed by pumpkin, pecan, banana cream, and cherry.

If you want more pie fun facts visit the American Pie Councils web site at piecouncil.org. I wonder what kind of pie Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson likes? I'll see everyone at Village Inn tonight for pie.