Company & Cards

Tonight we are having some friends over for a light dinner and to play Hand & Foot, our new favorite card game. Wanting to keep I simple, I am serving sandwiches, chips & dips, deviled eggs, fruit, homemade oatmeal cookies*(this recipe is on blog) and chocolate cream pie. The chocolate pie is my mom’s recipe which I have made since the 70’s. Topped with whipping cream, it is just a winner, every time. FYI, as much as we have moved to different houses, I am accustomed to having  to adjust to different ovens. This gas oven bakes a lot faster than the electric oven I was using in California, so am having to really watch closely every thing I am trying to bake, until I get used to it. I finally got smart and instead of possibly ruining a whole sheet of oatmeal cookies, I baked two at first just to test the temperature and time that it took for them to get done before baking a whole sheet. The Chocolate Cream pie recipe is listed below. It I also delicious just served as pudding in a pretty glass, topped with whipping cream and toffee bits, or sprinkle crushed up Oreos on top.

3 egg, room temperature

3 cups milk

1/3 cup flour

1/2 teas salt

4 heaping tables unsweetened cocoa

1 cup sugar

3 tables butter

2 teas vanilla

Mix all ingredients except vanilla and butter, in a saucepan, whisking over low heat until all the lumps are all out and eggs are well blended in milk mixture. Turn up heat to medium and continue stirring until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter, stirring until butter is melted and blended well. Pour into a cooled and baked pie shell or into individual glasses. Chill and top with desired toppings.  

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