Mom’s Lemon Meringue Pie

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Mom’s Lemon Meringue Pie

My mom was famous for her Lemon Meringue Pie growing up. In fact, she still is!  It was often requested for parties or sick visits. (Really, I remember people asking my mom to bring this pie instead of chicken noodle soup when they were sick!)  I often forget how good it is until I make it-then I just can’t stop eating it!

This recipe starts with a flakey homemade pie crust that is filled with smooth and creamy lemon filling and topped with toasted meringue. It is totally irresistible!

A picture of a lemon meringue pie. the meringue is fluffy and slightly browned. There are lemon wedges next to the pie.

Our kids especially love the meringue. No matter how many times I make it with them and they watch the entire process they are convinced it’s marshmallow. I guess it is in a way, but it’s definitely meringue. I love that they are so adamant. “Dad, mom made Grandma’s pie with the marshmallows!” We are starting to not correct them at all as they are pretty darn sure that they are right and nothing is going to convince them otherwise.

Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

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Coconut Lovers be warned, this coconut rice krispie treat is going to star in your food daydreams for years to come. I adore coconut and I also LOVE a great rice krispie treat, so this combination is pretty much my idea of snacking perfection.

rice crispy treats with coconut on parchment

Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

While I’m admittedly a sucker for an amazing rice krispie treat, not just any rice krispie treat will do. If it’s too hard and it scratches the roof of your mouth, that’s just wrong.

Falling apart in your hands? That is not cool. It needs to be just firm and sticky enough to hold together, yet soft and chewy and absolutely loaded with marshmallows. If I’m indulging in a rice krispie treat, it had best be worth the indulgence.

The ratio of butter to marshmallows to rice krispies is important. But the real secret is the marshmallows, you’ll reserve some of them to stir in at the last minute. Melt the majority of them with the butter but then stir two cups in just before the cereal is entirely combined.

The marshmallows will melt just enough to stick together with the cereal. Yet be soft pillowy pockets of sweetness mixed into the rice krispie treats.

Coconut filled rice krispy treats on wooden cutting board

My other rice krispie secret to keep in mind in order to achieve the perfect rice krispie treats. Don’t press too hard when you are spreading them into the pan.

Press as lightly as you can in order to spread them out. If you press them down too much, you’ll wind up with a very firm rice krispie treat, instead of perfectly stretchy slightly sticky treats.

Remember, don’t skimp on the marshmallows. I love the additional gooey-ness the extra marshmallows provide. It seems like a mountain of marshmallows initially, but I’m promising you now that these are amazing rice krispie treats!

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Browned Butter Sage Honeynut Squash

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Browned Butter Sage Honeynut Squash

If you have never tried honeynut squash, get your buns to the grocery store, buy a couple and then make this browned butter sage version!

Have you ever heard of honeynut squash? It’s a cross between buttercup and butternut squash, and it’s one of my absolute favorite squash varieties ever. You can easily sub butternut or buttercup or even sweet potatoes ps.

We started making this based off of a ravioli with brown butter sage we had in Florence Italy, and slowly it has evolved into a veggie dish instead of just pasta. We use lemon instead of white wine to brighten the heaviness of this root veggie.

a photo of two halves of a honeynut squash face up and golden brown with fresh sage leaves on top.

Why You Will Love This Squash Recipe

My favorite part of the dish, well ok I’ve got a few, but first up is that it’s just in one skillet. No need to turn on an oven, though you could certainly roast them and then finish in a pan if need be. Honeynut squash is much more tender than butternut, so cooking it is much quicker and easier.

Number two is even more important, it’s all about the nuttiness of browned butter. Simple, aromatic, and rich without much work.

Finally, throw in a little sage, salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon if you have it and youR

The Little Things Newsletter #337 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, friends! I turned on the radio in the car this week and nearly jaw dropped when a Christmas song started playing. I love that we have a local station that plays non-stop Christmas music through the season, but wow. This year it really caught me off guard! How are there only 50 days until Christmas???

ON THE BLOG this week: You know those foods that you taste once and then you simply can’t get it out of your mind? This Sausage Gravy is one of those foods. The hints of fragrant rosemary add something unforgettable, many people have told me this immediately became their all-time favorite gravy.

One pan, easy meals are the key to dinnertime at our house, and these roasted brats with potatoes and green beans fit that bill nicely.

An irresistible sweet and tangy glaze takes this slow cooker pork roast from just another crockpot meal to a tasty and fantastic meal.

Garlic parmesan roasted potatoes are crispy, salty, garlicky potato perfection that we enjoy quite often for dinner.

Toasted pearl couscous with pistachios and pine nuts, chewy raisins, a hint of cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon combine in this incredibly flavorful Israeli Couscous dish. (Have you tried pearl couscous? It’s this pasta lover’s dream come true!)

Spinach and chicken are combined in a creamy green chile sauce for these easy-to-make craveable enchiladas. I love adding a couple of handfuls of baby spinach to this recipe, it adds a freshness that can’t be beaten. However, if you aren’t a fan of spinach, these enchiladas are also delicious without it.

Creamy White Chocolate Fudge filled with pecans and swirled with caramel might be the ultimate treat for a holiday tray. This is a quick and easy 5 Minute Fudge Recipe that is perfect for any occasion.

Have you tried a mayonnaise cake? This Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake is a very old-fashioned recipe that was likely in your grandmother’s recipe box. My best friend’s mom often made this cake when we were growing up.

What I’m CRAVING: This Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread with a cinnamon spiced glaze looks like fall snacking at its best. This bread plus a cup of coffee sounds like the perfect Saturday morning right now.


5 Minute Chocolate Fudge

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5 Minute Chocolate Fudge is a creamy chocolate fudge recipe generously filled with pecans.

This fudge recipe comes together in just a few minutes and it is perfect for gifting, snacking, and serving for any occasion. Made with or without nuts, this fudge is a favorite sweet treat year-round.

Fudge and Chocolate

Chocolate Fudge

To make this Chocolate Pecan Fudge, you simply combine everything in a glass bowl, heat for a couple of minutes, pour onto a tray, and refrigerate until firm. I like to sprinkle a few spoonfuls of extra chopped nuts on top of the fudge before refrigerating, too.

Once the fudge is set you can slice the fudge into whatever shapes and sizes you like. 1-inch squares are my preferred way to cut this fudge but bigger squares, triangles, and rectangles would also be good!

I like how the small squares of fudge make it easier to share with family and friends or pack into a box with parchment paper for a gift.

This chocolate fudge is rich enough that a little goes a long way so even just a batch of it is enough to satisfy all of our sweet tooths.

How to Make 5 Minute Fudge

Traditional old-fashioned fudge is a time-intensive and finicky candy to make. Old-fashioned fudge requires a candy thermometer and a considerable amount of time spent stirring the hot mixture over the stovetop.

Delicious for sure but, in my opinion, rarely worth all the time, effort, and special equipment.

Microwave Fudge

This method of making fudge may not be traditional but it produces a homemade chocolate fudge that’s just as delicious as the old-fashioned kind. Nothing beats being able to melt baking ingredients to the perfect consistency in just moments.

All it takes is a microwave (or stovetop) and a few ingredients, plus a little hands-off time waiting for the fudge to set. Since you don’t even need the stove for this recipe, it’s also a great one to make with kids!

Kids will love creating their very own chocolate fudge. For little ones it’s almost magical to see the melty chocolate mixture turn into cuttable fudge after just a little time in the fridge.

Now that I’ve been making fudge this way, I’m thrilled to be making countless varieties of fudge in just minutes. There are so many EASY FUDGE RECIPES here, be sure to check them all out!