Behind The Butter

easy as pi

I hate math.

I hate math so much, in fact, that I refused to take it during my first three years of college, which ultimately stuck me in a freshman math class the last semester of my senior year.

College friends, let me tell you: the last place you ever (ever!) want to be when you are about to graduate is stuck in a room full of eighteen year old college freshman learning how to use a scientific calculator. Trust me on this one.

But although I hate math, I love pi (3.14 whaaaat?). And it just so happens that today is National Pi Day.

Celebrate today with this and this. Hint: making a quick batch of this pie dough will come extremely handy for a little surprise later this week…. heh heh heh

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  • Amanda
    March 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    These look delicious Jenna! 🙂

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    March 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Pie = dreaming of key limes
    Pi = nightmares of High School

  • Candace
    March 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Two things! I was so that senior in the freshman class! Awful.

    If you love Pi, have you heard the song by Kate Bush?

  • chocolate-covered katie
    March 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Stop taking such awesome photos!

    You make the rest of us look bad!
    No, in all seriousness, don’t stop. Your blog is more fun than tastespotting or foodgawker! 😉

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    March 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Yummmmm. I didn’t even think about it being Pi day – 3-14! Maybe I’ll make something single serve for myself tonight!

  • chocolate-covered katie
    March 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Stop taking such awesome photos!

    You make the rest of us look bad!
    No, in all seriousness, don’t stop. Your blog is more fun than tastespotting or foodgawker. 😉

  • Angharad
    March 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I love that pi(e) day is also my birthday 🙂 Winner.

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete
    March 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I so want a piece of pie today!

  • Lauren
    March 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Yum! I put off a few freshman classes, and it’s pretty hilarious to hear their conversations about their dorm crushes & trying to sneak into bars. I just laugh & remember my freshman year.

  • Sara
    March 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I tried to make pie crust for the first time this weekend…and oh man was it horrible. 🙁 I’m going to see what you use, butter or shortening for your crusts, because I need help. And that last image of the completely pie, just gorgeous!

    • Sara
      March 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      So I went to the link you gave and read…now I know! You aren’t a butter girl when it comes to crust, I would have thought you were! 🙂 I used butter, probably was my problem. Do you ever use the butter flavored Crisco?

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    National Pi Day. I prefer Pie Day.

    I would rather die than go back to math class. Or be in a room full of 18 year olds with their calculators. *shudder*. Not my scene, at all. Good thing I was a psychology major and a yogi. Far away from calculators! 🙂

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    March 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Pi day was so much fun in high school calc class! Maybe the only fun day of calc class 😉 Your pies look delish!

  • cathyb.@brightbakes
    March 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    love pie, love pi! 🙂 I was a bit of math nerd, what can I say..
    cathy b.

  • Ameena
    March 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    One of the few things I was good at in school was math. Home Ec? Not so much. So it’s a good thing I found someone to pay me to do math all day long!

    National Pi Day. I love it.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I can’t believe I forgot that today is Pi day – and I work in marketing for a software/tech company, so I’m REALLY surprised no one had said anything… or brought in delicious pies!! Yours looks great!

  • LIsa
    March 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    oh my – this looks so rustic and gorgeous!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    March 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I was always a math dork, but I especially love an excuse to eat pie!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I am SO bad at math. Like, terribly, embarrassingly bad. Horrible. Awful. There isn’t even a word strong enough to describe my lack of math skills.

    But I still celebrate pie day because, well… I love pie.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In
    March 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I love PI day! Far too few people celebrate this holiday. Thanks for the recipes!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    March 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    That first photo won me over! AMAZING!!!

    Haha, as a college student, I hear ya! I VERY luckily tested out of my only Math requirement, but I would definitely be the one who avoids Math (and physics) at all costs!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Mmmm…yup! I like “pi” too. Looks so tasty ;D

  • The Teenage Taste
    March 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I loved it in Elementary School when the math teacher would bring in actual pies for the class on Pi Day. Now teachers are just like, SO? Get to work!
    Ahhhh, the good ol’ days… 😉

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    March 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, is it really national pi day? even though I’m in the wrong nation (and a day late) I am so in on this “Pi” day 😉
    Heidi xo

  • Sara
    March 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I hear ya on math – I just changed my major to Dietetics and as a result, I have to take Pre-Calculus (why?????) – I feel like a old fart surrounded by youngins.

  • Erin
    March 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Love both pi(e)s! Prefer pie, however. My BS is in Math… pretty sure that stands for BullSh*t.

  • Baking 'n' Books
    March 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Math I could do. Till later on in University. But…Pie YOU can do.

    Please send my way. I’d like 2 Apple’s and 1 Lemon Meringue.

    Oh, and a Blueberry one…y’know if you got the time.


  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    March 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I love National Pi Day!!!!

  • Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    March 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    My third graders kept asking me about Pi Day today. I tried my best to explain PI. I think I probably did the math community a disservice. I should have just gone ahead and brought them pie instead. 🙂

  • hippierunner
    March 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I totally made the same mistake you did avoiding math classes. BAD idea about waiting to take math, hoping it’s going to not be relevant any more! I’m learning that this semester! :/ Anway, YAY going to surprise my boyfriend with pie today! A pie in the face! Just kidding, it’ll be too tasty to waste of course!

  • never not dreaming
    March 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I actually liked math – quick and mindless. And my first year of university, I had a good professor for math, so that makes a difference.
    Statistics, however, that I did not like.

    I’ve read “Rescue” (noticed that in your booklist), a good book, though not my typical kind of read. I also very much enjoyed Jennifer Weiner’s “Fly Away Home”.

  • Kathryn
    March 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I celebrated pi day by making pies, too! I got a little a head of myself and made two different ones…and only two people live in my apartment. So I either a) need more friends or b) need bigger pants.

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    March 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    yay for pi day 🙂 i’ll be making one for my husband’s birthday on thursday!

  • Tina
    March 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    These look fantastic! I made pie today for pi day, and I probably hate math just as much as you do. I’m just a dork though when it comes to ridiculous holidays. 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    March 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Yesss Pi daaaay!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    March 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    pie…yum. here is New Zealand they have so many little pies it’s so cute!

  • Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream
    March 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Those look amazing! Good food porn!

    I actually considered making a pie today in celebration … but then I thought I probably shouldn’t because it would probably lead to pie for dinner 😛

  • Cara Craves...
    March 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I love pie! Not Pi!
    My Grandma’s Butter Pecan may just be my favorite.

  • RunEatRepeat
    March 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I totally avoided math in college too, it only prolonged the pain.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    The thought of pie never fails to make me think of Little House on the Prairie and home (two of lifes essentials, if I may say so!).

  • Liz
    March 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Hmm…. I was a psych major, too (as another poster said) but I had to take stats, which uses calculators and various stats programs… (plus I took A.P. Calculus in high school and up to multivariate calculus in college… okay, I’m a math nerd….) Not only does putting off math til senior year of college make you have to take classes with freshmen, it will be all the harder, because you’re not fresh from the foundation you got in high school! Okay, end math lecture. 🙂

    YUM, pie.

  • Liz
    March 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Okay, at the risk of sounding like… well, I’m not sure, a serious feminist or someone trying to raise the self-esteem of young girls… going back and reading each of the above comments is not a happy experience. Math is good! Math is useful! Math makes the world go ’round! 🙂 At least say “my interests simply lie in another area,” not something like, “OMG I so totally haaaaate math and avoid it at all costs!”

    Okay, end second lecture of the day.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    March 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I love Pi day! I celebrated with savory pie- cottage pie! So good!!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    March 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I LOVE pie!! But I didn’t get to indulge in any today 🙁

  • Baking Serendipity
    March 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I forgot all about Pi Day! And I hate Math too, but love the eating kind of pie 🙂 Your recipes all look delicious!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 15, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Piesssss!! Oh I love thee!

  • notyet100
    March 15, 2011 at 12:44 am

    even i never liked maths,..but the pie looks delicious

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    March 15, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Gorgeous-totally gorgeous.

  • Kristin
    March 15, 2011 at 8:16 am

    As a math teacher, this cracked me up. Thanks for thinking of us today – although most of you said you hate math, and that kind of broke my heart just a little bit 🙁

  • Yusdianti Saputri
    March 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I can’t hold on myself not to touch my monitor and going to eat them all, they looks so delicious! And then I love the choc pi’s one, I hate pi, but I love your pi! 🙂