The sunrise began with stripes today: stripes of purple and orange with gold lining. The stripes made me think of the American flag and the patriotic concert we sang two days ago: This Land is My Land, Give Me Your Tired Your Poor, God Bless America! Hurray for the red, white and blue!!
To Freeze or not to Freeze? A Summer Dessert
This frozen dessert came about accidentally. I had not allowed myself enough time for the pie to set, and guests were coming for dinner. So I put it in the freezer to hurry it along. When it came time for dessert, I suddenly remembered the pie had been in the freezer since late morning! My fears were confirmed when I took it out of the freezer. It was frozen solid.
Surprisingly, it cut into very neat slices and required no effort at all to lift out of the pan. I said nothing to my guests and served each of them a slice of frozen pie. We pried small morsels off with our forks and let them melt in our mouths. It was fantastic! Serve this pie either way, chilled or frozen.
Note: I like this pie best frozen. It’s yummy.[RuthAnn]
Frozen Lemon Cream Cheese Pie
You will need:
1 pre-made Graham Cracker Pie Shell
2 Tablespoons Confectioner’s Sugar
Zest of 2 Lemons
16 oz. Cream Cheese
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 drops Yellow Food Coloring
1. Remove the zest from two lemons. Chop half of the zest into tiny pieces. Leave the other half in curly strings.
Tip: This morning when I made Dale’s pie, I finally unlocked the mystery of how to use the zester so you get those curly strings. You need to press hard and pull firmly down from the top to the bottom of the lemon. [RuthAnn]
2. Cut the two lemons in half and squeeze the juice from them.
3. I usually buy a pre-made graham cracker crust for this pie, but you can make your own if you wish.
1. Soften the cream cheese with your electric mixer.
2. Combine the milk, lemon juice and sugar with the cream cheese.
3. Add the chopped zest, saving the string zest for garnish.
4. Add food coloring, if desired.
5. Beat vigorously until light and fluffy.
6. Pour into the pre-made graham cracker pie shell.
7. Chill for eight hours (overnight) or freeze.
8. When you serve the pie, drop a few lemon zest curls on top of each slice.
Food for Thought:
To Be Cold or to Care?
There are at least two categories of things cold. The first is material and the second is abstract. The former has to do with ice and icy, arctic, glacial, freezing, wintry and being “chilled to the bone.” It’s a temperature drop, like Dale’s Lemon Cream Cheese Pie settled in the freezer instead of the refrigerator.
The latter is an adjective used to depict a person who is anything but welcoming. A classic example is C.S. Lewis’ white Witch in his book The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Witch has the complexion of bleached bones, and though she can be charming, she will surely at some point move against you. Her heart is as hard as the beings she turns to stone. She is the kind of person God never wants us to be.
Perhaps you don’t know anyone this extreme, but cold-hearted persons are everywhere. I know two women who had been best friends for many, many years. Then one day when Marcy was visiting Carolyn in the hospital, Carolyn said something that offended Marcy. And Marcy hasn’t said a word to Carolyn since. She has turned a cold shoulder to Carolyn despite their many years of friendship.
Perhaps you’ve had neighbors who seemed to be unaware of yhour existence. They never looked your way or spoke, except to complain about your dog barking or your son playing the drums. They were indifferent. It was like living next door to a glacier.
C.S. Lewis hated the cold so much that he once said he thought of hell as being cold. Thus he depicted Narnia under the rule of the white Witch, as a place of winter, of ice and snow.
To be warm-hearted is to be interested in others, to melt when others share their troubles, to be open, to listen and encourage—to care. A friend recently wrote me a note that affirmed some things I’d thought about myself but had never heard anyone voice. It helped me know who I was. She cares enough to think deeply about me and that means a great deal.
Jesus was never hard-hearted. Who people were and what they did touched him deeply. He was harsh to the Pharisees because he was angry at their stubbornness, not because he was indifferent.
Frozen Lemon Cream Cheese Pie is good, but a cold heart is not.
May God help us to care.
An interesting tidbit from Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:
The term “the cold shoulder,” dates back to medieval times when an unwelcome guest was served a cold shoulder of mutton—the same fare as the servants downstairs.
See you Next Time. We’ll be cooking Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus next week, another super summer dish.