It’s that rare but valuable experience – where you set off in search of one thing, and find something completely different. Such was the case during a recent recipe search. I was given a large cardboard box full of cookbooks. Or so I thought…
The box with filled with items from a dear friend of mine who had passed away last year. She was a wonderful cook who also had the gift of hospitality. I was blessed to receive her cookbooks. What a treasure!
Upon looking more closely, I discovered that the box contained not only cookbooks but also three ring binder notebooks where she kept all of her recipes from food magazines like Bon Appetit and Food and Wine. While leafing through the notebooks I found that she kept a list of every dinner party she had hosted, who was there, and what she served. Her journal was a gold mine of 25 years worth of dinner parties, with notes about what worked and what did not. Since we were often guests at her home, my name reappeared many times… the earlier entries dating back to before I was married. I, of course, don’t remember exactly what she served at every meal, but my memories were of delicious evenings feeling loved and cared for.
I had also been looking for a lemon bar recipe that I used to make, but couldn’t find in my own files. It was such a surprise to find a copy of my recipe in her files! I hope that you enjoy this rediscovered favorite recipe!
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- Preheat over to 350 F.
- Sift the flour and sugar and cut with butter until it clings together. Press with a fork into a 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.
- Beat eggs, lemon juice and sugar together. Sift flour and baking powder and stir into egg mixture. Pour over baked crust.
- Bake for 25 more minutes.
- Sift powdered sugar over top when ready to serve.