Celebrating Black History with Grandma & Lemon Meringue Pies

I’m celebrating Black History with my grandmother, Helen and Lemon Meringue Pies!

My grandmother was known for her Lemon Meringue and Sweet Potato Pies.  Pies, to this day my mother pretends to properly make LOL.  ‘Black History’ doesn’t have to be about a subject or person you never met, but could be a relative or even yourself!  So, how I wish to take time today to reflect and offer gratitude is to focus on Lemon Meringue Pies because they make me think of my grandmother and SHE is my history!

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RECIPE:

Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie 

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoon conrstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
2 lemons, juiced and zested
2 tablespoons butter
4 egg yolks, beaten
1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
4 egg whites
6 tablespoons sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan, mix together sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt.
  • Next stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest while cooking over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil then add butter.
  • Whisk egg yolks in bowl, then add half of the hot mixture into the yolks. Slowly combine then add entire yolk mixture back into the original hot mixture in sauce pan to bring to a boil, continuing stirring until thick.
  • Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into baked pie crust, allow to set/form
  • For the meringue, in a bowl, whip egg whites until foamy.
  • Gradually add a little sugar as needed and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread meringue over cooled pie
  • Bake pie in oven for 10 minuets or until meringue is slightly brown/golden on top. 

 

 

B. Smith Lemon Meringue Pie – Martini

1 1/2 ounces citris vodka
1/2 ounce limoncello
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1/2 ounce simple syrup, or more to taste
Splash of half and half
Lemon twist for garnish

 

Patti Labelles Citrus Meringue Pie

Basic piecrust
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
4 eggs, separated
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter
Lemon zest
Orange zest
Lime zest

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Prepare piecrust as needed
  • In saucepan, stir in 1 cup sugar and cornstarch.
  • Next stir in about 1/2 cup of water to dissolve the cornstarch then add the remaining 1 cup water.
  • Constantly stirring, bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Once at a boil, drop heat to medium-low and allow to continue to boil for another minuet.
  • Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, butter and zest.
  • Spread the filing into prepared crust and allow to form/cool.
  • For meringue, use electric mixture to beat on high speed egg whites until stiff., gradually add 1/3 cup sugar as needed.
  • Once filling has cooled/formed, spread meringue along top of pie.

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating Black History Month – Los Angeles Black Businesses – Breakfast Guide

Offering an updated 2018 guide to (B.O.) Breakfast & Brunch spots throughout Los Angeles, CA.

Adassa’s Breakfast Cafe
4305 Degnan Blvd
 – Ste 103
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Cafe Buna
3105 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
310-823-2430

Denny’s
3740 S. Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-298-5498

Flavor Table, The
2812 W. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
323-751-6000

Jack’s Family Kitchen
3965 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90062
323-296-5215

Mama Joan’s Soul Food
5496 W Centinela Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310-670-5900

M’Dears Bakery & Bistro
7717 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90047
323-759-2020

M’Dears Bakery & Bistro
2450 Carson St.
Lakewood, CA 90712
562-420-2400

M & M Soul Food
3300 West Manchester Boulevard (at 11th Ave)
(310) 673-5031

My Two Cents
5583 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
323-879-9881

Pips on Labrea
1356 S. Labrea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
323-954-7477

Post & Bean
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-299-5599

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
106 West Manchester
Los Angeles CA 90003
(323) 752-6211

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
5006 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 934-4405

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
1514 North Gower Street (at Sunset)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-7453

Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
830 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 791-4890

Rusty Pot Cafe
324 S Market St.
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-412-5901

Serving Spoon, The
1403 Centinela Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-412-3927

Simply Wholesome (vegan options)
4508 West Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 294-2144

Sista Mary’s Soul Food
420 W Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204
818-396-5399

Stuff I Eat (vegan)
114 N. Market Street, Inglewood
310-671-0115

Tal’s Cafe
2701 W Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
323-751-9749

Watts Coffee House
1827 E 103rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(323) 249-4343

And if you know of any that I did not list, please provide in the comments section below so I can update the list.  Please & Thanks and maybe, just maybe I’ll see you there 🙂

 

Celebrating Black History Month – LA’s Black Owned Businesses – Dessert Guide

Offering an updated 2018 guide to (B.O.) Bakeries throughout Los Angeles, CA.

27th Street Bakery
2700 South Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90011
323-233-3469

Big Man Bakes
413 S. Main St. @4th
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-617-9100

Bonnie B Bakery
6344 Topanga canyon Blvd., Suite 1030
Woodland Hills, California
747-226-3497

Cobblers Cakes & Kream
2323 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90305
323-455-1224

Cobbler Lady
3854 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-298-2144

Good Cake Company
323 E. Hillcrest Blvd.
Inglewood, CA. 90301
310-671-5200

Gwen’s Specialty Cakes
820 N. Labrea Ave. #D
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-677-9979

Harriets Cheesecakes Unlimited  
1515 Centinela Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302
310-419-2259

Harry Jr. Bakery
5909 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angels, CA 90044
323-752-3341

Heavenly Cakes Creations  
2916 W Vernon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-290-4700

The Kobbler King
3622 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-731-9286

Milk + Brookies
213-536-7043
contactus@milkandbrookies.com
(online only)

Ms Rubys Bakery
404 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-677-8297

Southern Girl Desserts 
3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-293-2253

Sweet Red Peach
1035 S Prairie Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301
310-671-2253

We Cupcake
10807 Crenshaw Blvd.
Inglewood, Ca 90303
424-261-3080
(alcohol infused cupcakes)

 

Oh – No!  Did I miss your favorite spot?  s there someone who deserves recognition?  Give them a shot-out in the comment section below so I can update the list along the way.  Thanks in advance 🙂

Rations at my Residence

We all do it, make breakfast at home.  Some meals turn out great, while others…complete fail.   Sometimes there’s time to cook, other times not.  Regardless of your reasoning with seasoning <chuckle>, here’s a Run-down of some Random Rations at my Residence.

Seasoned pasta with spinach and red sauce topped with an egg and sprinkled with pepper and cheddar cheese.

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Oatmeal is great for lowering cholesterol.  I prefer mine with brown sugar, almond milk and any dried or fresh fruit available.  This bowl contains raisins 🙂

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Pineapples & Pancakes

(Facebook repost)

Alright, I have another one for ya!  The Eagle and I (the boyfriend) took a trip to try out this Pineapple Upside-Down Pancake.   These trips aren’t always planned, for sometimes the people call upon us.  Who are these people?  You know, the people.  The people reach out to us when in need of deciding where to eat.  It’s what we do…and I enjoy it.

We pull up, seems the lot knew we were in the neighborhood – parking was easy.  The Eagle steps out to adjust his sun-glasses.  “BEEP” the car locks.  “Head towards the green awning”, I yell out.  We worked our way to the door, confirming its entrance.

It’s bright and pleasant inside, I smile with approval.  The waitress guides us to our seat, seconds for waiting.  I suddenly hear chatter, “I think it’s her?”  I knew what they’re thinking.  The sounds take me back to Jacks n Joe‘s.

I place the order – DISHES CRASH!!!

“She ordered it,” a young girl whispers.

“You think she’ll like it?” another questions.

The Eagle wasn’t so sure so we opted to share yet ordered potatoes and eggs with a biscuit on the side.

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