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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Granddaughter time

Last Thursday was another Granddaughter day (she gets a early release from school and I pick her up and we spend a few hours together). I try to have a project/craft for us to do and she is really good about giving it a go and not complaining.


Well, after learning that she loves lemon anything I decided we would make a homemade, totally from scratch, lemon meringue pie. We started with the crust and she had never seen lard...we got to the part of rolling it out and she just couldn't hardly wait to give it a try. She had to stop fairly often to clean up the edges...they bothered her if the weren't nice and round. Got it into the pan and told her we would need to prick the bottom with a fork......she just squealed....this was something she had done on her wii cooking game but had no idea you really did it! After the crust was cooked and cooled we started on the lemon filling. I told her we would do it TV style (get all the ingredients measured and ready to use so we needed to juice the lemons and when she saw this she said "Oh grandma, I have always wanted to do that".....well, juice lemons she did. It has been a long while since I have made a homemade pie but I was reminded this was her very first.......the consistant stirring of the filling was not her favorite part......seperating eggs was the challenging part and meringue was amazing to her.


(I had to borrow my pictures from computerland because my computer won't download my pictures from my camera disk) It wasn't quite this pretty but mmmmm good. After having a few small pieces with Grandpa...the rest went home with her to surprise Mom and Dad.

Now, you need to understand she is full of youth so her thoughts were.......so, what's next?



We are going to make.................

Microwave potato chips

Peel the potato, using a mandoline
(this gizmo is a wonder) or a thin sharp knife, slice potatoes approximately 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch thick. To remove potato starch, rinse the slices in a bowl of cold water; change the water twice. Pat the slices thoroughly dry with paper towels.

Sprinkle the slices with salt or your choice of spices or herbs. If you have a microwave bacon tray, place the sliced potatoes flat on the tray in a single layer. If you don not have a bacon tray, use a microwave-safe casserole dish. Rub the inside of the dish with some olive oil or spray with no-stick spray.

Cover with a microwavable round heavy plastic cover. Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes; turn slices over and continue to microwave on high another 3 to 5 minutes. Potatoes are done when they are lightly browned (if they aren't browned, they won't get crisp).

I had seen this recipe online and thought it was interesting......
Granddaughter was sure it wouldn't work but after eating three potatoes we both decided......
IT IS WONDERFUL!!!! they are so good and fat free!

9 comments:

Lady Di Tn said...

Monica
The last real lemon pie I had my Mother made before she became an Angel. That was a really fun way to spend a day with the Granddaughter. I must try those chips. If I used the slicing part of the salad shooter do you think it would work? I do not have one of those nice gadgets show in your blog. Peace

Changes in the wind said...

Lady Di Tn....the salad shooter may be a little too thin...just cut them like you would for scalloped potatoes:)

Nancy said...

You made more than a pie - you made some precious memories!

Mevely317 said...

What a precious experience ... thank you for sharing it with us!

JeanMac said...

Monica, just the best time with her and what memories for both of you.Lemon is my favorite.

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a great afternoon project..I have one grand that likes to be in the kitchen..special times with Grandma..she will remember it forever:)

Granny Annie said...

Oh you are The Best Grandma! What a treasured memory for you grand daughter. I only wish I had been there to enjoy the treat. My grandmother made delicious lemon meringue pie and my brother inherited her talent. My sister and I can't come close. We go to a cafe across the turnpike that has a huge customer base but is the most awful looking place you can imagine. Their booth seats are upholstered with duct tape. But their fried chicken and lemon meringue pie is to die for. No one cares about the decor.

Chatty Crone said...

Memories - priceless . . .

sandie

Farmchick said...

You are the best grandma! I love lemon anything as well. I might have to give those chips a try.