It has been a little bit of a whirlwind week around here. We are prepping everything for the National Stationery Show! This means making multiple trips to the hardware store to pick up something we forgot for our booth set-up, making sure our travel plans are all set, picking up our new catalog from the printer (and being REALLY excited at seeing it for the first time in person), and packing our huge crate with everything we will need for the show (and hoping and praying that we didn’t forget something). Oh yeah, and our new studio is almost finished, so we are trying to wrap our heads around what we need to do to make the move-in happen. In the midst of all of this, Karen’s mom has come for a visit! We are so thankful that she has made the trip up from Texas, to be here for Mother’s Day, to see Karen and Mike and the kids, AND to help out while Karen is gone with us to NYC for a few days. I found a little time this week to make a Lemon Chess Pie, and I dropped it off at Mike and Karen’s house as a “welcome to Missouri!” and “thanks for helping out!” gift to Karen’s mom.

This lemon version is a slight variation from the classic chess pie. It is simple, but delicious. I used the recipe from the book Southern Pies, by Nancie McDermott.


Lemon Chess Pie


Pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie
2 cups sugar
2 Tbs. cornmeal
1 Tbs flour
1/4 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten well
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp grated lemon rind or zest


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch pie plate with the crust. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cornmeal, flour, and salt. Add the eggs, butter, lemon juice, milk and lemon rind. Using a fork, mix well, stirring and scraping to combine everything into a thick, smooth filling. Pour into the piecrust and place the pie on the bottom shelf of the oven. Bake until the edges puff up and the center is fairly firm, wiggling only a little when you gently nudge the pan, 35-45 minutes. Place the pie on a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature.
:: Carrie ::