Pie. I've never known a man to turn down pie.
But I've got no fruit on hand other than some frozen blueberries which were more withered than Papa Smurf and one lone leper banana (fail). But I do have some nice lemons from Trader Joe's and some OJ and eggs and flour and. . .
. . . . one black lab that's begging for a bite of that lemon I'm slicing.
"Dude, it's lemon, you're NOT going to like it".
He persists. I give him a little piece, sans rind, carefully checking all seeds are removed (seeds can be toxic to pets). He RUNS back to his bed in the guest bedroom with his prize
His face scrunches up, his eyes squeeze shut, he shakes himself once and slowwwwly swallows with a small whine. That lemon slice did NOT go down easy.
Then, I swear he's smiling, The tail is wagging. He's snooting my hand. He wants ANOTHER piece! Mom it's so horrendously bad it's good, like the Steven Seagal movie we watched!
But I can't really be surprised, this is a dog that has eaten a sock, a worm and a piece of Little Caesars pizza all with the same gusto. (Given the choice of the three, I'd eat the sock). He's also the dog that sat by the edge of the counter for ages because I'd left a small meatloaf there one evening that accidentally got knocked to the floor to be immediately"retrieved".
Even after it was devoured, he sat there in the crop circle of barbecue sauce stain on the rug for hours, waiting for the mother ship to drop another chunk of beef to earth.
Sorry Barkley, just a bowl of nasty dry crap for you, and lots of love while I make a pie. If anyone scrunches up their face at it, I guarantee you'll hear about half a dozen "suck it up Marine" and they'll go back to eating. They might jokingly complain about the calories, but there is never a crumb left when I bake something. to share.
It's a little bit of time to make, but very much a favorite in these warm days ahead.
Citrus Meringue Pie
The filling recipe is an adaption of one I saw in Taste of Home magazine. The crust, a standby of mine with a meringue I added some Mexican vanilla to, to give it some extra depth beyond sugar and egg.
Unfortunately it will be gone before I get together with friends again, but there is a chocolate stout cake in the freezer with their name on it for Memorial Day.