It's a big hole in my cooking, but I have never made a lemon meringue pie. Not even a lousy one. But my mom's been hankering for one recently, and I'd like to make one for her 84th birthday this week, instead of a cake. Looking through my cookbooks and on-line, I realized that I don't really know how to judge that one recipe might be better than another.
So, do any of you have a favorite lemon meringue pie recipe? I want recipes that you make and love, so please don't take time to google for one. I can do that myself, and have already. If you could include a brief explanation of why you prefer your recipe (i.e., more or less lemon than most, more or less cornstarch, a "secret" technique, etc.), it would be most helpful.
I'm not looking for what I think of as northeastern diner versions of lemon meringue pie, but that ethereal, wonderful, lighter-than-air-but-with-a-big-flavor thing your aunt or grandmother or lady down the street--or you--made or makes. Also, I'm cool on the pastry...it's the filling I need.
Thanks for your help.