Sunday, April 20, 2008

Good Friends, Good Food

A large group gathered at Matt & Heather's today - we were included. There were Matt & Heather with their 5 kids; Joe & Heather with their 5; Dave & Heather with their four; Marv & Sharon; Aunt Dale and Great Grandma M; John & me... I don't think I missed anyone, but if I did, they were probably named Heather... The new twins were dressed and blessed, and then the feast began.

Food. Everything was marvelous. It seems each of the ladies has a specialty, and there were plenty of requests for recipes going around. I hope the Heather who made that wonderful sweet potato casserole remembers to pass hers along. I have no idea what that crunchy topping was, but it was the best I've had. It was like eating a sweet potato pie. Which brings me to my contribution - I made pies.  

So to keep my promise, here's the recipe for my Lemon Chiffon Pie. It's easy.


Make a graham cracker crust. (Massacre 8 graham crackers in your food processor; with a fork, stir in a small bowl with 5 Tbsp. of melted butter and 2 Tbsp. of sugar until blended; press it into shape in a 9 inch pie pan with the bottom of a glass and bake at 350° for about 25 minutes.) Set the crust aside to cool.

1 14-oz can Sweetened Condensed milk (NOT Evaporated Milk)
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice (Tastes best if free lemons are used)
Optional - add a couple drops of yellow food coloring to make it more yellow
1 Cup (1/2 Pint) whipping cream, 
         whipped with 1 Tsp. vanilla & 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1. In medium bowl, combine Sweetened Condensed Milk, & lemon juice (plus food coloring if you want to use any). Stir until well blended.
2. Whip cream into peaks. Gently fold into the Condensed Milk mixture.
3. Pour into the baked crust and chill at least three hours to set. You can serve it with more whipping cream if you want, but it's fine just as is. Best served with friends, of course.


sherrie said...

Yummm, your pie sounds great! How do we 'outsiders' get the rest of those good recipes? What a crowd -- big family get togethers are always fun in my book. Good company, good conversation, & good food, a perfect combination. I'll bet my neighbors and the rest of the fam were sad they weren't there.

Thanks for sharing,


Sharon and Marvin said...

Friday night barbeque was also fun...especially enjoyed watching John helping Nate with his basketball. That pie was great and just melted in your mouth with that wonderful refreshing lemon taste. Thanks for sharing....and for sharing this special time with us. Now we head for WA for the next arrival of a new grandson.

Heather said...

Thanks for the recipe. It will be used very soon. I loved it. It was fun to see you and am glad that we had the chance to get up to your place and see where you call home now. It sure is beautiful. Thanks for making the trek to the gatherings that happened. take care.