The Flavors of our Memories

This time of year evokes sentimental feelings that date way back. It seems each year is just another one to roll into all that has passed…all that lingers in our memories. This is a source of pain for some, others joy…most of us, a little of both. But, I think we all want this season to be a sweet time, shared with those you love and cherish.

My memories include a sweet family that was part of my childhood. The mom of this bunch was named Mona and she was a ‘bigger than life’ type. She was tall and skinny, with a smile as big as Texas and a personality to match. She was never at a loss for a hug or a funny story followed by her unforgettable chuckle. She was and is loved by many. We knew them well and felt they were a big part of our lives.

E-MealzBack in those days, eating out was rare. So, the occasional time we had dinner at someone else’s house was a treat. I remember one day being there when Mona pulled a brownie-like chocolate pie out of the oven. It was simple and it was delicious. Luckily, when I got married, that recipe made it into a cookbook that the ladies of my church put together for me with some of their best recipes. And now, I’ve decided to share it with you.






1 stick butter (1/2 c) melted1 c sugar

¼ c flour

¼ c cocoa

2 eggs

1 t vanilla

Dash salt

1 frozen 9” shallow pie crust



Preheat oven to 325o. In a bowl, stir melted butter, sugar, flour, cocoa, eggs, vanilla and salt until just combined. Pour into the frozen pie shell and bake for 35 min.

You can find most of these items in your pantry and refrigerator. You may have to run get a pie pastry or ready-made shell. (Unless you’re one of those amazing women who can whip up homemade pastry dough lickety-split!) Seven ingredients and 35 minutes…and you’ve got chocolaty goodness!

Now, I know the holidays are filled with warm savory aromas of spices and fruit, pastries and stuffing. But, don’t forget the chocolate!

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3 thoughts on “The Flavors of our Memories

  1. Sue

    I had a friend over for Christmas tea yesterday afternoon and served this wonderful pie. It was really all I could do the keep from sampling it before she arrived, the chocolatey aroma in my kitchen was tantalizing. So easy and so yummy. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Kelly M Dean

    I love these simple ingredient recipes from the “old days.” It goes in One Note right along with buttermilk pie and vinegar pie (sounds odd but it’s great). My 6 and 8 year old boys inhaled it. Thanks for reminding me of simple but delicious desserts! Now if I can only find a good blog for school lunch ideas….

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