I have made this dessert before, but don't think I did it more than once (with butterscotch pudding, not chocolate like today's attempt) - in those days it was "too complicated", "too many steps". When I remember it, I have such a strong memory of my dear Aunt Virginia Emley, who made this dessert (beautifully) and originally gave me the recipe. Aunt Virginia always had the best recipes and her food was always gorgeous to look at as well as delicious. She did so many things well!
I remember that a friend of hers had asked for suggestions on what to bring to our family when there was a funeral. Aunt Virginia suggested this recipe, which the friend duly prepared. Afterward, Virginia's friend made sure everyone knew that she was never making it again, because it was too much of a pain to make. Today, it seems pretty easy!
We are bringing treats for our "Financial Peace University" class tonight, so I'll share how the others liked it, in addition to our opinions. We're bringing chips (Mission brand) and salsa, too (Walmart White Corn & Black Bean Salsa). They don't really go with the dessert, but that's what sounded good to us.
I have so many happy memories of Aunt Virginia and my other aunts and this recipe has brought them to the fore. When I began this blog after watching the movie "Julie and Julia", Aunt Virginia was prominently in my mind. Julia Child and "The French Chef" are indelibly linked with Virginia in my memory - maybe because PBS was the only television station they could get at "the farm"? And PBS had Julia Child.
"The farm," which is what Grandma Ethel always called it, was the Emley Ranch where Aunt Virginia and my mother's brother Charles Emley lived with their son Tom (and I was his occasional babysitter during high school). I guess Aunt Virginia was the "French Chef" of our family, in my eyes at least.
Virginia was a superb and adventurous cook and I still have recipes that she gave me to try - like moussaka and zucchini lasagna. I miss her so much! She passed away in 2007 after a second bout with cancer. We have lost so many wonderful years with Virginia and Charlie from the effects of those robbers, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also called Lou Gehrig's disease). And I am so very grateful to God for the gifts of Charlie and Virginia, as well as their daughters, my cousins Judy, Joan and Lynne.
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I'll be back after it's cooked. Bon Appetit!