About Trespassers Will Be Baptized
FEATURED AUTHOR RECIPE
But a good recipe was more than mere nourishment. It could, in fact, be one's ticket to eternity. Over the years, I watched Mama open gift after gift of glossy store-bought cookbooks, though I knew that she hardly used them. Her favorite recipes came from the worn, gravy-spattered volumes on her kitchen shelf - some with cardboard bindings, some just stapled sheets of mimeograph paper - that had been compiled by loving church ladies over the years and sold as fundraisers. Mama would open carefully, as if she was holding a sacred family Bible, and point to a particular recipe, typed by hand on a manual typewriter. She'd say, "Now do you remember Miss _____? Your old choir director who went up to heaven? These are her rolls we're having today." And it was as if old Miss _______ had joined us at the table again, smiling her way through our off-key conversations.
As a preacher's wife, my mother didn't always have time to offer cuisine worthy of immortality. She had to keep "company food" handy at all times. You never knew when there would be sudden occasion for celebration or mourning among the congregation, or when some church busybody would "happen to drop in" with an item of concern/gossip for my father. As a result, Mama kept these four ingredients stocked at all times, right along with matches and the first-aid kit. It can be assembled without warning in a matter of minutes, yet it just tastes special.
Note: Be sure to purchase two tubs of frozen whipped topping. Sometimes one tub is enough to get the pie the right consistency, but sometimes, for some reason, you need a little more. I believe this is due to the slightly variable amounts of melted lemonade concentrate you get out of each can. The consistency should be like pudding. It will firm a little in the fridge so that you can cut it, but it should not be runny and liquidy when you put it in there, or you'll end up with a gooey mess instead of a pie.
Variation: if it turns out to be a true emergency and you can't wait for a pie to set, or you don't have a pie shell on hand, just spoon the mixture into your fancy glasses and serve as a custard (graham cracker pieces make a nice garnish sitting in the custard, if this is the route you go). Now relax and enjoy!
Yield: 1 or 2 10-inch pies