January 7, 2014

Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie

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We're on snow day #2 here…
Some of us might be going a little stir-crazy.
Oh well.  Here's a story about t.v. and dessert. Story of my life, right?
On Christmas Day, we watched one episode of American Horror Story: Asylum and 6 episodes of Once Upon a Time.

In September-ish, we watched the first season of American Horror Story and I'd not so patiently been waiting for season 2 to come onto Netflix.  It took forever.  Eventually I forgot about it and we moved onto Once Upon a Time.  Then, we finished season 2 of Once Upon a Time and were left hanging: season 3 is on now and most certainly not on Netflix. We weren't going to pay for Hulu Plus (nonsense), and ABC.com only had the last 5 of 11 episodes.

While at my parents' house, my brother's girlfriend was kind enough to show me that Comcast OnDemand had the last 6 episodes for free.  6 is greater than 5, right?

So Scott and I watched the 6 most recent episodes on Christmas night, staying up until midnight to finish them.  I'm still not sure what happened in the first 5, but it was easy enough to piece together.
Now I'm all caught up just in time for a mid-season break.  See you in March, Hook.  I'll miss you.

As for Asylum, I pouted through the entire episode.  After a month of mystical fairy tales, that show is kind of boring.

Good news though!  Downton is back!  Scott is almost as excited as I am.  (Not really.)

This pie has nothing to do with anything, except that I made it on Christmas Day.  It was very good.

Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie

1/2 cup fresh lemon and lime juice (2 lemons, 1 lime)
1 t. vanilla
1 T. cornstarch
1 T. cornmeal (This would be good.  We didn't have any.)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
5 T. butter, melted
1/4 t. salt
2 T. milk (I used evaporated milk. You can use cream or whatever you have on hand.)
1 unbaked pie crust

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vanilla, cornstarch, cornmeal, sugar, eggs, butter, salt, and 2 T. cream.

Once it is all very well combined, pour into the unbaked pie shell.  

I cover the edges with a pie crust shield (to prevent over-browning) for the entire baking time.

Bake at 375* for 40 minutes.  You can check with a toothpick in the center, but it will most likely continue bubbling once you take it out, so it may not be set up yet.  

After you remove it from the oven, set it aside and work on the topping…

4 egg whites
4 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Attach the whisk to your electric mixer.  Whisk until soft peaks form.  Add the sugar, and whisk until stiff peaks form and the meringue is shiny-looking (scientific, I know…should've taken some pictures).  Add the vanilla and whisk to combine.  Top the baked pie immediately and broil until lightly browned.  (The whisking process should take no longer than 10 minutes.)


  1. I have been wanting to watch AHS, but have so many shows on ,y "list" at the moment. For Christmas, my sister got Jason a Google Chromecast {wait, is that what it is called?} thingy, that you can use on your phone as an app to stream netflix on to other tv's, like our bedroom. I will never leave my bed, now. Ha!

  2. Downton IS back. What I've been waiting for so eagerly!

  3. you didn't miss much in once upon a time. as long as you saw the kiss. other wise, you can get episodes via counchtuner.com

  4. uh sorry that's supposed to say couchtuner not counchtuner!

  5. I knew Downton was returning this month, but I wasn't totally sure of the premier date. I would've missed it if another Downton friend of mine hadn't posted her excitement on Facebook!

    I quickly set the DVR and got to watch the full episode thanks to yesterday's two-hour delay.

  6. I am SO excited that Downton is back! I'm hoping that no one else is killed off this season. I don't think my heart can take it! That pie looks really good!

  7. I still haven't seen season 2 of Downton. As usual.

    I really liked the first season of AHS, and then the other day I tried to watch the first episode of season 2 and it was just...kinda boring. I'm hoping it gets better.


  8. Do you have a key lime pie recipe (hopefully without eggs)? Craig requested one for his birthday next month so now I am on the look out. (your pie made me think of it!)

  9. I was just going to ask if you had seen the Downton premiere yet! I was a little upset by the first episode, but I'm excited to see what this season has in store!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  10. Wasn't Hook the best this season? I love him. The neverland plot dragged out just a bit too long for me, but I am excited to see where they take the show in the spring!


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