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Celebrating Carl Sagan Day

Carl Sagan Day Apple Pie, complete with spiral galaxy

Carl Sagan Day Apple Pie, complete with spiral galaxy

This year, in honor of Carl Sagan Day, I took the plunge and decided to make some apple pie completely from scratch. Our plan here in College Station was to celebrate Carl Sagan by watching Cosmos while drinking cosmos and eating apple pie. To begin with, I had to contemplate inventing the universe:

Contemplating inventing the universe

Contemplating inventing the universe

With the arduous task of inventing the universe completed, I could move on to the comparatively easy task of making pie crust, which was still a new and exciting experience for me. Getting the filling in order wasn’t too difficult, and Simon and Matt were kind enough to assist with the peeling and slicing of apples while I took on the crust. This first pie was really for practice (and so that we’d have something to eat right away), but it still needed adornment, so we settled on pi for the pie:

The pi pie

The pi pie

After the pi pie went into the oven, it was time for the Carl Sagan Day pie. This pie was made with Empire apples–the pi pie used Jonagold–in order to really capture all of the upstate New York goodness that should accompany any celebration of Carl Sagan. And to honor his field of astronomy, we decorated the pie with a spiral galaxy:

The spiral galaxy Carl Sagan Day pie

The spiral galaxy Carl Sagan Day pie

Both pies turned out remarkably well for a bunch of first timers. Just look at that delicious pie:

Mmm, pie

Mmm, pie

Simon, Matt, and I dug into the first pie Saturday; we had to make sure that the Carl Sagan Day pie would be acceptable! Tonight was the night our group actually celebrated Carl Sagan Day with some Cosmos, some cosmos, some Symphony of Science, and, of course, some apple pie.

Carl Sagan Day!

Carl Sagan Day!

Happy Carl Sagan Day, everyone!

Project 22 – 1 – 16 January 2008

Now that quals are over and done with–yay, again!–it’s time to catch up on some of those things I’ve been putting off in the meantime. Which means that it’s time for a ridiculous gigantic Project 22 update. Definitely not recommended for dial-up viewers.
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Panini Night

The panini grill/griddle my parents got me after Christmas may have to be added to my list of Appliances Every Kitchen Needs. I just made my first meal on it tonight: a ham and swiss panini with fresh tomato and pesto on a ciabatta roll. It was astoundingly delicious. So much so that I don’t think I can come up with any improvements. It only took a couple of minutes to prepare and cook; it tasted spectacular; and clean-up was a snap. I ate it with a half-a-cup of split-pea soup and a Full Moon on the side. Definitely a winner.