Friday, August 15, 2008

Lemon Meringue? So much better than Strawberry Shortcake!

Growing up, I was never really into Barbie dolls all that much. It's not that I was some scabby-kneed tomboy who would snort with disdain any time friends starting playing with dolls...although I did love playing sports...I just didn't like the Barbie brand all that much. Strawberry Shortcake dolls on the other hand? LOVED 'EM! As a child of the 80s, I used to own most of the line of characters, all of whom I would create fantastical stories about, then stick in my parents' shoes and drag up and down the hallways - as if they were riding on floats in a parade. Yup, I had a pretty overactive imagination.

For those who missed out on the Strawberry Shortcake fad, each doll had their own dessert-themed name with clothing to match, as well as a dessert-named pet. And even better, all had delicious-scented hair to match their sweet theme. The characters lived and played in a magical world known as Strawberryland. Of course, not everything was roses in Strawberryland. The mustachioed Purple Pieman was a wee bit mischievous, living up in his Pie Tin Palace on Porcupine Peak. In retrospect, he was kind of a creepy character, running around doing a tap dance and constantly chanting "Yah-tah-tah-tah-tah-tah-tah-tah, tah-tah-tah-tah! Cha!" At the time, though, he was simply the somewhat slapstick bad guy of the bunch.

Moving addition to Strawberry Shortcake, some of the other top-selling dolls in the series included Huckleberry Pie, Apple Dumplin', Raspberry Tart, Crepe Suzette, and one of my personal favorites, Lemon Meringue. Miss Lemon was a famous model and could often be found lugging around her pet, Frappe Frog.

Stop making fun! I had lots of friends who loved their Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Plus, it was popular enough to generate a video game, TV show, clothes and there! Just so you know, I also lurved My Little Pony, Rose Petal, Care Bears and don't even get me started on the fabulous Jem cartoon.

So why am I babbling on about Strawberry Shortcake dolls? Well, it's simple really. Today is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. So what better way to give you a sucralose-sweetened, low-calorie recipe then to preface it with a long, rambling intro about dolls from the 1980s? Hee.

Here's your recipe for the day.

Lofty Lemon Meringue Pie

More low calorie recipes here

And for my fellow Strawberry Shortcake fans out there, or even just retro TV buffs, here is an old-school cartoon clip for your weekend enjoyment.

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