|View from the front porch at dawn.|
As a teen, I was privileged to meet Mrs. William Peters (Louise), who was affectionately called Wheezy by her friends. Her family owned the cottage three south of ours, and she had five sons. She was one of the old breed of southern women, who would move to the beach for the whole summer with her kids, her husband staying in the city to work, only visiting on weekends. My mother recalled meeting her at Harris's grocery store one day, where mom complained that the way we all ate, she had to shop every day! Mrs. Peters looked at her and plaintively said "Only once a day?"
We met because of her little Beagle dog (whose name I forget), which had been in a fight with another dog. My friend R and I took him home to her, and she brought us into the cottage, plunked us down in front of the television (a rarity at the beach at that time) and gave us cool glasses of lemonade. She told us all about her family, including her sons (of course, we were teens then) and generally was the epitome of southern graciousness.
|Louise "Wheezy" Peters|
Wheezy Peters' Chocolate Chess Pie
- 1 stick butter
- 2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate (or 5 TBSP cocoa)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Unbaked 9" pie crust
Melt the butter together with the chocolate and place in a medium bowl. Add the brown and white sugar, mix until smooth. Fold in the eggs, the vanilla, and the salt.
Bake in the unbaked pie crust for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees until the top poufs up, and/or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. To die for!
NB: if you're using 9 1/2 inch pie pans, increase the ingredients to match. I use the following for two 9 1/2 inch pans:
- 2 1/2 sticks butter
- 5 squares chocolate
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 5 eggs
- 5 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 and 1/18 tsp salt.