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November 22, 2017

A couple of months ago, I promised to post my Grandma Ayres' chocolate pie recipe after the Texas cousins dinner was over. I just felt compelled to try it before I posted it. Yes, in fact, my cousin Tommy's version was perfect (we all wanted to put our heads in the pie pan and lap up the scraps), but sometimes you want to know if the recipe is really as easy as he says.

It looks simple, which was the secret to the success of Grandma's recipes - she raised ten kids in Porter, New Mexico, on a farmer's income. And no one was ever hungry at her house, whether it was 1932 or 1975. Here she is with six of her daughters. What a crew of beauties they were! That's my mother, third from the left.

So, here's the recipe. Tommy's right - it's very easy - the results will amaze everyone at your next potluck.


3 cups milk, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa, 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and cook until thick (like pudding). Pour into precooked pie shell. Let set.

That's it! If you make two of these, and a red velvet cake, and a german chocolate cake, a pot roast, a ham, five pounds of mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, fresh blackeyed peas, sliced cantaloupes from the garden, fried squash and a bowl of cucumbers and onions in vinegar, you'll get close to approximating Sunday dinner at Grandma's. Number of servings? About 14 aunts and uncles and 32 cousins.

Good luck!

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