Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Today in pie: Please pass the pie

Colorado has a state animal (bighorn sheep), state bird (lark bunting), two state songs ("Where the Columbines Grow" and "Rocky Mountain High"), a state fish (greenback cutthroat trout), a state mineral (rhodochrosite), a state folk dance (square dance, duh!) and a state fossil (stegosaurus). But we don't have a state pie. For shame, Centennial Staters! What do our lawmakers do at the Capitol?

Rhodochrosite is a pretty mineral worthy of Colorado, but it tastes like shit when baked in a flaky crust.

Fortunately, or not, the good folks from the American Pie Council, "the only organization committed to preserving America's pie heritage and promoting American's [sic] love affair with pies" are promoting Please Pass the Pie, a campaign for each state to adopt an official pastry. By the way, the APC also promotes Crisco, Splenda and Whirlpool.

Finally, an electoral method for "preserving America's pie heritage."

So far, only Vermont (apple) and Florida (key lime) have signed on.

Here at Fort Collins Now, we support the idea of a state pie, but not so much the distinctly corporate taste to the APC's campaign, which is also sponsored by Mrs. Smith's and Edwards Baking. Might we suggest a Greenback cutthroat and peach cobbler?

Open up and say ahh, Colorado, but watch out for little bones and big pits.

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