After I was reminded of its existence by a friend who sent along this post on “Nerdigras“, the family decided that on 3/14 at 1:59, we would host a Pi(e) Day Party. This appealed greatly to my math geek 11yo, as well as his party- and sweets-loving brothers. A party all about eating dessert? What’s not to love!
On very short notice, we invited 7 neighbor families and 9 school friend families. More than half came (about 30 people), most bearing pie (including pizza pie and a Serbian meat pie) – but I totally forgot to take pictures!
Great fun was had by all, so we might be making this an annual event! And even though we went to great effort to clean up and clear off the living room coffee table, and put the leaf in the dining room table, all the adults mostly hung out in the kitchen. Good thing we also cleared off flat surfaces in the kitchen! (We’re a family of pilers, so flat surfaces quickly become covered with stuff.) The dining room table did get used by the kids, and the coffee table was used today by a boy consortium playing some paper D&D style game, so it was not all for naught.
I made chocolate chip pie (favorite of T-boy and his mama) using this recipe (and a combo of Trader Joe’s and Spartan chocolate chips – sorry Nestle!), as well as pecan pie (favorite of Jonski Papa, C-boy, and Z-boy) using Grandma P’s recipe and Grandpa P’s pecans. As usual, I used the flaky buttery pastry recipe from The Heritage of Southern Cooking for the crusts.
Vi Perkowski’s Pecan Pie
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup (e.g. Karo)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
Beat ingredients together and pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Oven temperature: 375° F.
Had I been truly inspired, I would have made another gooseberry pie using the berries in my freezer, but I wasn’t. Jonski Papa made 2 pizza pies (a cinnamon sugar one and a pepperoni) using his sourdough crusts, and a loaf of chocolate sourdough (not a pie at all, but it was round). As I said, I don’t have pictures of this weekend’s events, but I did take photos when T-boy and Jonski Papa made pecan pie for Thanksgiving 2007, so they will have to do.