The first was for Atlantic Beach Pie, a dessert from the mid-Atlantic states. It sounded strange: a lemon custard pie on a saltine cracker crust. But intriguing. Would it work? I had to try it.
As a bonus, the recipe was advertised as easy, and it was. Saltines and butter for the crust. Condensed milk with egg yolks and lemon juice for the filling. Bake until done. It came out beautifully!
While I was researching this recipe, I learned of an old superstition that said if you ate dessert after a meal of seafood, you would die. Not get sick–DIE! This superstition (which is apparently related to the one that says you need to wait an hour to go swimming after you eat) is still believed by some people today, in fact. I’d never heard of it. Anyone out there come across this or grow up with it?
Anyway, Atlantic Beach Pie is the one dessert you could eat after a meal of seafood, though the reasoning is vague. Possibly it has something to do with the way lemon goes with fish.
If you want to test the superstition, the recipe is here <http://www.ourstate.com/one-phenomenal-pie/>.
I also whipped up the lemon mascarpone cookies <http://cookie.betterrecipes.com/lemon-mascarpone-cookies.html>. This involved zesting a pair of lemons with a trusty citrus zester I’d bought a while ago but rarely use. It looks like a wood file, and I’m always afraid I’ll absently shove into my tool box by mistake. Maksim wanted to eat the lemons–he’s a strange child–so I sliced them up for him, and he liked them very much.
The cookies were beyond delectable–crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, buttery and lemony at the same time. Whoo, they’re good. This recipe is a keeper.
And now the whole house smells like lemons. Writely research turned up a nice extra!
–Steven Harper Piziks