Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart

My friend, Cathy, invited me to a potluck Christmas party, but, what a party. This was a party for the Sisters in Crime, a group of women mystery writers. We were treated to the published authors reading from their newest books. When we originally talked about this, I was going to make Scrambled Burger Quiche, but I never made it to the store, so there I was with another mystery on my hands – what could I make that would be simple, quick, and stunning with what I had on hand. I looked in the refrigerator and saw I had a package of cream cheese, 4 apples, eggs and Panko bread crumb topping left over from Cranberry Brown Betty. Amber had made a wonderful Gorgonzola Pear tart for Thanksgiving, and that was what gave me the idea to make this tart. Mystery solved! Apple Cream Cheese Tart coming up!

Lemons, lemons, lemons – Lemon Meringue Pie

What’s the old saying? “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” I say, make Lemon Meringue Pie and Rose Lemonade with the left over lemon juice. When I was a child, my mother used to make this pie frequently, because it was simple, and always very, very good.  I remember the first time I went to a coffee shop and got excited because they had Lemon Meringue pie, but, it was translucent and nasty.  My mother’s was not made from cornstarch, my mother opened up a can and made magic! A word about that magic can – my mother used Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk and I used it for years, and I still use it when I want absolute perfection. I found out about the Hispanic product La Lechera, that not only tastes very good, but it considerably less expensive!  Do yourself a favor and keep a few cans … Continue reading