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Recipe: Lemon Pie

I don’t know why, but spring and summer just make me think of pie. Maybe it is the picnics. Or the outdoor dinner parties. Or childhood memories of family reunions and all the pies my grandmother, aunts, and cousins would make. Pie is my favorite dessert, ya know. Except for coconut. I do not like coconut in any form. It activates a gag reflex. Probably the texture. But anyway – back to pie. Pie.  Me or My! I love Pie!

I’ve posted a lot of family pie recipes. Mamaw Bussey’s Cherry Pie , Chocolate Chip Pie, Aunt Nez’s Sour Cream Apple Pie, Nanaw’s Lemon Ice Box Pie, Fresh Strawberry Pie, Lemonade Pie, Mimi’s Peach Pie and Peach Cobbler, Good Ol’ Southern Sweet Potato Pie, Pecan Pie, and Nanaw’s Chocolcate Cream Pie. Today’s Pie Recipe: Lemon Pie.

There’s just something that screams ‘SUMMER’ when I make a Lemon Pie. Maybe it is the creamy yellow filling or the tangy taste of the pie. But, gosh! IS THIS STUFF WONDERFUL. And, relatively easy to make. So grab ya some lemons from the local Wal-Marts and whip out a pie this weekend. Bring a little sunshine into your day.

Lemon Pie

4 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3 eggs, separated
2 Tablespoons butter (salted butter)
1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind – careful, just the yellow part (white part is bitter)
5 Tablespoons lemon juice (use fresh lemons)
1 baked pie shell (I’ll post the pie crust recipe below)
6 Tablespoons of sugar for meringue

Mix cornstarch, salt and 1/2 cup sugar in top of a double boiler. (You can use a glass bowl placed over a large dutch oven pot. Fill dutch oven so water touches the bottom of the bowl). Slowly stir in the water. Cook and stir constantly over boiling water until thickened. Cover and cook 10 min. Beat egg yolks slightly and mix with 1/2 cup sugar. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into eggs and then add eggs to the hot mixture in the double boiler. (You don’t want to just throw the eggs into the hot mixture before bringing the temp up, because you’ll have scrambled gook). Cook 2 minutes longer. Add butter, lemon rind, and lemon juice. Cook and pour into baked crust. Make meringue of eggs whites and 6 Tablespoons sugar. (Beat on high until stiff peaks form). Place on top of pie and bake at 350 degrees until light golden yellow color forms on meringue. Cool and serve.

Easy Pie Crust (Makes two)

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk

Sift flour and salt. Blend in shortening until mixture is crumbly. Add milk and stir until a ball can be formed. Cut ball in half. Roll out on floured pastry cloth to make a circle large enough to hang over pie pan edges. Place in pan. Fit to pan and trim edges. Press edges with fork dipped in flour or pinch with your fingers to make a scallop shaped edge. If pre-baked pie shell is required, bake at 350 degrees until light golden brown.

Y’all Enjoy! :)

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Sure fire method for never being invited to church!

Back in the early 80′s when my husband and I were first married, it seemed the local churches (and they still may) had Tuesday nights set aside for visiting folks around town.  Our first home was on a nice little U shaped street with a center alley in the back for driveways, so guests had to park on the curb in front of the house while visiting.  Church folks tended to just park at the end of the street and walk door-to-door inviting residents to attend church the following Sunday morning.  Well – I have a sure fire bet that we’ll never be invited to this church ever – Ever – EVER!

One Tuesday evening, my hubby had mowed the lawn and was quite stinky with sweat and needed to shower.  We had a little split plan home with the master bedroom on one end and the guest bedrooms and bath on the other. He went into our bathroom, peeled off his clothes and then discovered we were out of bath towels in the master bath.  Not remembering the front interior door was open with the glass storm door secured, he walked past the front door through the house towards the back bath.  When he rounded the corner going back to the bedroom he was facing the front door and came face-to-face with two little Christian women with hand poised to ring the doorbell.  “Crap!” he said, ducking into the bedroom.  I was feeding the baby and had no idea what had just happened and got up to see what was going on.  I saw the two women walking away from my front door.  They looked back and then turned and kept walking.  (I would have given anything to hear that conversation when they reported back on how their visitation went that night).  Yep!  And, that was the LAST time our doorbell rang on Tuesday Nights.  ;)

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