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I love following “Art of the Pie”, the beautiful, useful blog my friend Kate McDermott bakes up from Pie Cottage out in the great Northwest. Kate not only knows everything about pie-making, not only creates gorgeous, varied pies and pastries: she shares her infinite knowledge, wisdom, and experience with the whole wide world, on her blog, in feature stories, on television, and in hands-on classes all around the country. (And maybe the world — she’d be the best Pie Ambassador anyone could want.) 


Her recent post, “The Queen of Lemon Meringue Pie”, caught my attention in the middle of a particularly busy week, when I had not a speck of time for anything not on my To-Do List. I loved the photo, I loved what she said about the recipe (a family heirloom, made with love and sweet memories of her grandmother), and I loved the vivid, heartwarming reminder she gave me of family reunions in my North Carolina childhood, and my own grandmothers, two fantastic enthusiastic cooks now gone on to the Kitchen in the Sky).

I had everything I needed in the house, and next thing I knew I had printed out Kate’s recipe for The Queen of Lemon Meringue Pie, and made it before the day even got hot. This was when our air conditioning was broken, so it was hot, just not THAT HOT, and it was so worth it. I used only the three egg whites I had left from making the lemon filling, rather than adding two extra egg whites as called for in the recipe, so my meringue is not as lofty as it would have been had I done so; but it was fantastic, beautiful, and a delight for our family and some friends.

Here is the recipe.

The Queen Of Lemon Meringue 

by Kate McDermott

on “Art of the Pie”

I hope you enjoy it, and I think you will love signing up to follow Kate’s blog, Art of the Pie. If you can ever make to one of her classes, you will be glad you did so. Oh: and about my connection to Kate? The McDermott name we share? We are not related, not directly — but we are absolutely positively Sisters in Pie!







About the Author
Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher, and the author of ten cookbooks. Her passion is researching and celebrating traditional food in its cultural context, and her beloved subjects are two seemingly different places with much in common: the cuisines of Asia and of the American South. Nancie gained her Southern kitchen wisdom as a Piedmont North Carolina native,and her Asian culinary research commenced soon after college, when she was sent to northeastern Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer.
  1. jamielifesafeast Reply

    McDermott and Pie are two words that just go together. My dream? To spend a week in the kitchen with the two of you just making dozens of pies (and eating them). I love lemon pie but do you know I have never made a lemon meringue pie? This one with the McDermott signature on it is now calling my name…

    • Nancie McDermott Reply

      Hahahaha So kind of you. My dream too — Pie Party Out of Bounds, France or USA, East Coast or West. We’ll have the lemon meringue ready for you when you make your first NC visit.

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