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National Pie Day!

Today is National Pie Day.  This day is observed annually on January 23rd.

What is your favorite pie?  This day is dedicated to pie lovers.  Did you know pizza is considered a pie?

Pies are baked dishes that are made of pastry dough crust or casing covering completely the fillings or just as a crust then filled with sweet or savory ingredients.  Different pies are made almost every day in every occasion like Thanksgiving Day, you have Pumpkin Pie, Pizza Pies are a fast-food staple in American table, Chicken Pot Pie is a savory dish serve for dinner or lunch, and fruit pies like Apple pie, blueberry pie, Peach pie are often served for dessert on any occasion at home or in restaurants.

The famous pie that is eaten almost every day is Pizza Pie.  Pies are defined by their crusts and pizza is made of a single-crust.  If you are not into sweet pies, you can always have a pizza pie with your favorite toppings.

The source of the word “pie” may be the magpie, a “bird known for collecting odds and ends in its nest”, the connection could e that Medieval pies also contained many different types of animal meats, including chickens, crows, pigeons, and rabbits.

Pies remained as a staple of traveling and working peoples in the colder northern European countries, with regional variations based on both the locally grown and available meats, as well as the locally farmed cereal crop.

National Pie Day was created simply to celebrate the pie.  It is a day for all to bake or cook their favorite pies.  Even more importantly, it is a day set aside for all to enjoy eating pies!

So, today, celebrate this day by making your very own special pie, or just buy a pizza.  Share on social media your favorite pie, sweet or savory using #NationalPieDay.

1849 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree

At a graduation ceremony at a church in Geneva, New York on January 23, 1849, Geneva Medical College bestows a medical degree upon Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to receive one. Despite the near-uniform opposition of her fellow students and medical professionals, Blackwell pursued her calling with an iron will and dedicated her life to treating the sick and furthering the cause of women in medicine.

Blackwell’s family was remarkable by any standard. Her father was a staunch abolitionist and both her brother and his wife were active in the women’s suffrage movement. Another sister-in-law was the first female minister to be ordained in a mainstream Protestant denomination, and Elizabeth’s younger sister Emily also studied medicine. A gifted student, Elizabeth felt compelled to become a doctor after a conversation with a dying friend, who told her that her ordeal had been that much worse because her physicians were all men. Elizabeth’s family approved of her ambition, but the rest of society still found the idea of female doctors laughable. It was, quite literally, a joke even to the men who accepted her to Geneva Medical College—the question of whether or not to accept a woman was put up to a vote of the students, who voted in favor as a practical joke. Nevertheless, Blackwell received her acceptance letter and started school in 1847.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/elizabeth-blackwell-becomes-first-woman-to-receive-medical-degree)