For nine decades, Our State has made its way into homes across North Carolina, the United States, and the world. To celebrate, every month this year, we’re paying tribute to the readers who inspire us, offering a taste of our earliest recipes, and revisiting old stories with new insights. Follow along to find out how our past has shaped our present.
June 1, 1946 • The original recipe for this pie came with a disclaimer: “If you are lucky enough to find a can of sweetened condensed milk, here is the way to make an excellent pie.” In 1946, the country was still recovering from World War II. Ration books were distributed to every citizen, including infants, who were given 16 ration points to go toward canned condensed milk, making this ingredient a luxury for others.
Yield: 6 servings.
1 can sweetened condensed milk Juice from 3 lemons 3 large eggs, separated 1 graham cracker pie shell
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix condensed milk, lemon juice, and egg yolks in a bowl using either a whisk or an electric hand mixer. Pour mixture into pie shell and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For the meringue: Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Spread egg whites over pie, making sure to get it up against the crust. Bake for 10 minutes or until the meringue peaks are slightly browned. Remove from oven and let sit for 20 minutes before refrigerating. Serve cold.
To commemorate our 90th anniversary, we’ve compiled a time line that highlights the stories, contributors, and themes that have shaped this magazine — and your view of the Old North State — using nine decades of our own words.