The Ultimate In Comfort Food

IN THE KITCHEN

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For this edition I was going in search of a recipe for Mississippi Mud Pie ... In honor of the return of the monsoon.

But then I reconsidered. After all, in my experience Mississippi Mud Pie is just an extra rich, frozen chocolate pie. If chocolate pie is the goal, then the only chocolate pie worth writing about is my grandmother's chocolate pie.

Essentially it was just extra thick chocolate pudding in a baked pie crust, topped with meringue. Not hard to make, but filled with the one ingredient my grandmother always had in abundance: unconditional love.

Less thick it was known as chocolate gravy, served on just a plain slice of white bread or hot biscuits, it was and is the ultimate in comfort food in my book.

Since I have never mastered the art of making pie crust, I just use the ready-made kind. It isn't exactly the same, but you know, sometimes you just do what you gotta do.

Chocolate Pudding/Pie

2 tablespoons cocoa (powdered baking chocolate)

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch or flour

2 cups milk

Mix and heat to boiling. Cook until thick enough for either pie filling or to pour over hot biscuits.

Adding a little bit of margarine or butter to the mix increases the richness.

Pie can be covered with whipped topping.

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