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Pie r Round: Lemon Meringue Pie

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Photo by Elise Thompson. Pies by Dee Thompson

Some pies are traditional for Christmas -- like pumpkin, pecan and mincemeat. Why not try something new this year? The bright tartness of a traditional lemon meringue pie can bring a litle sunshine to the holiday table and really wake up the palate.

Fresh-squeezed lemon makes all the difference in the recipe. Some people are intimidated by meringue but if you follow one rule you can't go wrong. Make sure the meringue touches the pie crust all the way around to prevent weeping. This recipe originated in the LA Times and comes from my mother, the pie-baking champ of Redondo Beach!

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Recipe after the jump!