My Grandma Nellie raised seven children in a one bedroom house in the backwoods of Southern Illinois. They weren't rich, and often had holes in their clothes as they would play barefoot in the woods. She had to learn to feed an army on little money and ingenuity that could only come from a great need.
It was a wonderful surprise when my mother passed along to me my Grandma Nellie's Church Cookbook. I've had fun reading the odd recipes that my Grandma added. Of them all, however, the "Stupid Pie" made me laugh the most. I can imagine her with all the boys and girls crowding outside the kitchen screen door wanting to charge in for the dinner meal. Most likely they would keep on walking out the next door with their plates since the kitchen was no bigger than walk-in closet.
So, here it is, Stupid Pie, courtesy of my Grandma Nellie who passed away in a car accident when I was but 4 years old.
3 egg whites
1 Cup (granulated) sugar
20 Ritz crackers, finely rolled
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Cup chopped nuts
Beat egg whites until very stiff; slowly add sugar. Add all other ingredients. Put in greased pie plate and bake at 360 degrees for about 25 minutes (no more). Cool. Top with whipped cream or toppings such as Cool Whip. Serve immediately or chill and serve later.