Graham’s 21st birthday this week was cause to take out Mom’s Lemon Square recipe. These are so simple to make and everyone loves them! Mom has been making these for her grandchildren and friends in New Jersey for years. She usually makes three batches at a time and freezes some for future gifts. They ship well in a cookie tin!
Here’s the recipe…..
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9″ X 9″ pan with parchment paper.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup confectioner sugar
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 Tbs flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbs lemon juice
Combine first 3 ingredients and press into the bottom of the 9″ X 9″ pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350.
Whisk together the rest of the ingredients and pour over crust as soon as it comes out of the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Put it in the fridge for a little while to cool before trying to cut into squares. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.That’s it!
Anyone who knows me well knows that I don’t really like to go out for breakfast. I think it’s because I’m not that hungry first thing in the morning and I don’t like to sit still for too long until after I’ve gotten a few things done. Anyway, it was Graham’s birthday and he wanted to go out for breakfast, so I went (collective sigh of appreciation for all that I do). Happily, it was 11:00 by the time we got going, so almost lunchtime. We chose the Depot Diner because they serve breakfast all day, everyday. It was great!
The Depot Dinner is in a strip mall on 1A in Beverly. It’s an ugly building, but once you get inside, it’s easy to forget about that. They have some nice artwork hung on the walls and contemporary lighting. By noon, the place is full of people excited about eating some good diner fare (actually there was a line out the door at noon, and on the weekends it’s even busier). The waitstaff, decked out in bright pink Depot Diner shirts, is very friendly and efficient and the portions are gi-normous!
Graham ordered the blueberry pancakes. These could have used a few more blueberries, but totally lived up to the decadent, huge, sweet and satisfying pancake experience that any diner aficionado would desire. Yes- that’s giant mounds of homemade whipped cream and the lemon gives it a healthy twist – kidding.
This is the best omelet that I have had in a long time – a great combination of flavors with lots of fresh spinach. I don’t even want to know how they got so much butter on that crispy English muffin. The home fries were good, but a little plain.
I don’t know, maybe I’ll start going out to breakfast!
Robin, Grandma Debbie and Graham