In 1976, President Gerald Ford first designated this day “To give special recognition to a game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for citizens of all ages.” The day has been celebrated annually since then, though usually without much fanfare. This year, after much bickering and dissent about the national debt ceiling, the government pulled together for a unanimous, bi-partisan agreement on Senate Resolution 255 designating October 8, 2011 as National Chess Day.
(After years of being recognized on October 9th, this year it was set aside on October 8th … so today, we get two celebrations instead of one, Chess Day and Pierogi Day!)
From ‘The Texas Experience: Friendship & Food Texas Style”, here’s a recipe for Aunt Mae’s Chess Pie.
1 stick butter
¾ cup milk
3 eggs, room temperature
¼ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
Melt butter until caramel color; add milk until milk is almost scaled. Cool. Beat eggs, add salt, sugar and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Grate nutmeg on top of pie. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until set.