Thanks, dj, for the encouragement and all the info. You are so nice to share. I may actually try again. You're making me want to try: ) Would love to succeed. Well, again, who wouldn't, huh?
My mom made fantastic pie crusts, but never bothered to show us or want us around to help. I worked in a restaurant years ago and loved the cook, who also made scrumptious pies, and I tried to learn from her, but she even gave up. I learned to make a lot of other things from her, though.
I tried everything I knew or ever heard to try with the meringue and it still never worked. It just didn't look like my mil's and my dd has had the same problem. It is flat and will lift off the pie all in one piece - stop laughing. My mil's was 3" high and perfect. I tried s/s bowl, glass bowl, warm egg whites, cold egg whites, hand-held and stand mixer, tried cream of tartar and tried sugar - pitiful.
I never see cast iron at yard sales. My husband always looks, but people just don't give 'em up around here, I guess. Now I know the brands that I should look for. Have to again admit I didn't know those brands. You would not believe how much I have found out that I don't know since I got on here - HA