Monday, 23 May 2016

Lemon Meringue Pie-JJ's famous

The BEST ever lemon meringue pie in a graham cracker crust is topped with a billowy meringue. I could not believe I hadn't written a blog about my famous lemon meringue pie! I have been baking this pie for 45 years at least! My brother's would ask every Easter or any occasion when the sun came out and it seemed like Spring,  "please make your Lemon Meringue pie". 

The contrast between the tangy lemon curd and the sweet meringue is amazing...but, hold on...add in the graham cracker crust perfectly pre baked.....mmmmmm it is to DIE for!

Lemon Meringue Pie

1 1/2 C. sugar
3 T. cornstarch
1 1/2 c. hot water
pinch of salt

3 slightly beaten egg yolks (reserve egg whites for meringue)
2 T. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/3 c. lemon juice

In a saucepan, mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt. Cook and stir over high heat till mixture comes to boiling. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer, until mixture is sort of translucent. Remove from heat.

Stir small amount hot mixture into egg yolks, then return to hot mixture. Bring to boiling and cook 2 minutes, stirring continually. Add butter, lemon juice and lemon peel mixing well. Pour into the graham cracker crust. 

Graham Cracker Crust

1 2/3 c. graham crackers (about 1 1/2 packages)
1/3 c. sugar
8 T. unsalted butter (One cube) melted

Mix together all ingredients and press into a pie pan.

Bake in 375 F degree oven for 8 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool.


5 egg whites 
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
7 T sugar

Beat the egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar till soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating till stiff and glossy peaks form and all sugar is dissolved. 
Spread meringue over the hot filling using a spatula. Spread to edges sealing the meringue to the graham 
cracker crust. Using a up and down tap motion, create peaks. 

Bake at 350 F degrees for 12-15 minutes, until meringue is golden. Cool before serving about 3 hours.

I didn't get the picture of the cut piece, as this pie was gone in seconds! Next time I bake this delicious pie, I'll try to capture that picture.

*Note to cut pie dip knife in water and cut wet.

Serve this gorgeous pie at your next family'll have them begging for more! With Memorial Day Week end coming up, this is the perfect dessert!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Super Food Spinach Salad

This salad has granny smith apples, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, pomegranite seeds, oranges and feta.  When you flavor it with the homemade sweet and sour poppyseed dressing, it takes it over the top into what’s now my favorite salad incorporating fruit.  If you aren’t a fan of poppy seeds, simply omit it in the dressing (it will still be fabulous!).

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Maple Oatmeal Cookies

Mothers are everything for us when we are young...our lives revolve around Mom. For everything that we need we call Mom. To protect us from all perceivable dangers we want her around us. To take us out we hold her arms. To kiss away our wounds we run to her. And for a warm hug and love we look for her. She is the focal point of our lives, the greatest human being in the world or should we say divinity on earth. On the special occasion of Mothers Day pay tribute to your mother - the greatest blessing of God on you.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Grilled Breakfast Burrito

 Cinco de Mayo is almost here, start with a celebratory Breakfast Burrito! Yum! The kids will love as much as the adults! May 5, 2016 is just around the corner!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Baby Sprinkle Shower - How to give

Just because you already have a child (or two… or three…) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be showered with love for your upcoming baby. Baby “sprinkles” are becoming very popular for second, third and subsequent babies — a much lower key gathering. My niece Allie (Mother of 5) asked me, "What? A Sprinkle? What is that?" I explained and her response was, "Oh! Ryder, (her fifth born) must of been a DRIP!" Oh my gosh, how funny!
With minimal pressure and an informal feel to them, a baby sprinkle party is a lovely way to welcome a new addition.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Zucchini Pizza Pinwheels

This is a lot like calzone, but with a beautiful presentation, these pizza pinwheels are wonderful starters for parties. Fresh zucchini blends with Spanish cheese and naturally sweet grape tomatoes! Yum!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Lemon Dream Tart

As we turn the corner of Winter into Spring, it's time for our palate of slow cooker's and braises to fresh Spring vegetables and colorful fruits.