Happy New Year! The table is all set...I am having a dinner party tonight for 6 folks to celebrate New Year's Eve....after taking down all the red and green Christmas decorations, I decided to go with a blue and white theme for the table setting tonight...using my blue and white Dedham Pottery dinnerware, blue Mexican glasses and for the old sugar mold centerpiece I made little arrangments using blue hydrangeas and white carnations in between the candles, tied vintage gold balls with a thin blade of grass from an old millinery shop to the napkins with a ribbon, using my silver with the bone handles from the Portobello market in London along with white woven place mats and white napkins..little more formal for the New Year.
The handmade tablecloth is from Croatia and I bought it at a market in Split from a little old Croatian lady who had actually crocheted it. She didn't speak any English, but somehow we negotiated the price of the tablecloth. She was very sweet and I think it is such a lovely piece.
The menu for tonight is roast spring leg of lamb with roasted potatoes and mint jelly, homemade popovers, green beans with almonds, acorn squash baked with butter and brown sugar and for dessert my Mom's famous Angel Pie that I am about to share with you now.
It is so easy to make and everyone OOOHHH's and AHHHHH's when you serve this....and it is absolutely delicious.
Mom's Angel Pie
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
butter lightly and flour a regular size pie plate
beat 4 egg whites stiff in a mixer, gradually adding 2/3 cup of regular sugar to the mix along with 1/2 cup of xxx sugar
add a pinch of salt
beat until stiff and peaks form
add into pie plate and swirl around to cover the plate making the crust
bake for 1 hour in the 300 oven
then whip in mixer 1 pint of all purpose cream along with 2 teaspoons of sugar, beat until whipped
pour onto the baked meringue shell
then grate a Hershey bar over the top of the whipped cream, breaking up some of the chocolate in slightly larger pieces to go around the edge of the pie.
refrigerate until served...and boy is this good!
Refrigerate and serve after dinner with a cup of coffee or tea and you will receive such accolades as it is a wonderful, light dessert that tastes just fabulous. A favorite in our family, I hope you will enjoy it as well.
Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Hey Ellen...this one's for you and I didn't even need to wear an apron for this one!
more later in 2008,