Get your Game on …. Chess game, that is!

Get your game on! Your chess game that is.  Saturday, October 8th is National Chess Day.  October is also National Dessert Month, so a special dessert gives us a two for one celebration.

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!)

Celebrate the day with a checkboard tablecloth, a chess game (maybe on the computer for most of us) and a special dessert of, of course, chess pie!

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.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mae
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 17:22:55

    Hi — I saw your two celebrations on Louise’s blog, and came over to see your entire posts. I really like food history, so your treatment of these two dishes appeals to me a lot. And it’s funny that your recipe comes from “Aunt Mae.”

    Another Mae, also a fan of Louise’s blog


    • trishafaye
      Oct 09, 2011 @ 18:57:23

      Thanks Mae! I’ll go check your blog too.
      There were three chess pie recipes, but I had to choose this one because of the name. My mom is Iona Mae, so I grew up hearing her called ‘Aunt Mae’. (Although this isn’t her recipe)
      Have a blessed day!
      Trisha Faye


  2. Pam
    Oct 12, 2011 @ 13:45:09

    I’m a holiday celebrating girlie too! I also follow Louise’s blog and clicked on your post to check you out. LOL. I entered the pecan pie cookies for her cookbook party in honor of National Cookie Month. I’ve had lots-ah-fun reading your blog and will come back to see what the upcoming subjects will be for sure. Oh & I love chess pie too!


    • trishafaye
      Oct 13, 2011 @ 01:56:32

      Thank Pam!
      Louise’s blog is great! The pecan pie cookies look scrumptious! I love pecans and most anything they’re in. Haven’t seen this cookie recipe tho. Will have to try them out! Hmmmm … if I keep hanging around with y’all … my next group will have to be a weight loss support group LOL


    Jul 29, 2013 @ 04:10:52

    Howdy! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will
    have a good read. Thanks for sharing!


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