Easter-ly Thoughts

I was sitting here tonight thinking that it’s been a while since I’ve NOT been in Kansas on Easter. Probably since college. But this year, with the recent ski trip and next week’s trip to Louisville for the big ole truck show, I figured I’d just wait until April.

And I’m trying to decide wether I’m bummed about missing performances of Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. (Jury is still out. Sorry, Mom.)

So this Easter I’m going to Mr. Farmer’s house, where his mother is coming over to cook a splendid lunch. Fortunately I had a moment last week alone with her to get the clue that she has a very specific idea of what should be served on Easter, which made it easy to decide what to bring. She’s making ham. And I’m bringing lemon meringue pie.

Making it is another matter, of course. Good thing I had some practice over Thanksgiving.

So I called up Mom this morning to get her famous recipe.

Lemon Meringue Pie

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. cornstarch
1/3 c. cold water

4 eggs, separated
1/2 c. lemon juice

1 T. butter
1 tsp. grated lemon rind

1/4 tsp. salt
(4 egg whites)
1/2 c. sugar
1 baked 9-inch pie shell

Separate eggs. Combine sugar, water and salt in saucepan; heat to boiling. Mix cornstarch and cold water to make a smooth paste. Gradually add to boiling mixture, stirring constantly. Cook until clear. Remove from heat.

Beat together egg yolks and lemon juice; stir into mixture. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles again. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and lemon rind. Cover; cool to lukewarm.

Combine egg whites and 1/4 tsp. salt in bowl; beat until frothy. Gradually add 1/2 c. sugar, beating until glossy peaks form. Stir 1-2 rounded tablespoonfuls of meringue into lukewarm filling. Pour into pie shell. Top with remaining meringue, spreading evenly sealing the edges.

Bake in 325 degree oven 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool away from drafts and refrigerate after it reaches room temperature.

As an aside, the following ad was in Time Out Chicago magazine a couple weeks ago, and it completely cracked me up. First of all, it was weird to see this particular ad in the weekly “what to do in Chicago” magazine. And second, it reminded me of the weekend that I babysat Andrea’s two pet rabbits. They liked to bite.


Did you know that when rabbits get hot for long periods of time, their ears grow? Their ears are their heat release system. (Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro?)


2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Andrea said,

    No lie about the biting and the commitment — stick with boys!!

  2. 2

    Ann said,

    So, how was the pie? Was it as good as your Mom makes? Spring is thinking about hanging around here in Kansas and the wheat, boy it has really growing these past frew days. Just a little bit of warm weather and it is off and growing.

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