Jazzed up Coconut Cream Pie
Karen and I were talking about the TV shows of today. We had watched and episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation. It was unbelievable bad in our opinion. Sex was forced on these kids at every turn. We would come home in the afternoon after school to shows like Bonanza, The Brady Bunch and Dark Shadows. Dark Shadows was what passed for TV Horror at that time in Roanoke VA. These shows were repeats to many but first runners to us. They had their first run on ABC. At that time of pre cable, we could not get ABC in Roanoke because it was in Lynchburg VA in the days of pre cable. The picture was too fuzzy. When Pop wanted to watch Monday Night football, Scott and I used have to hold the antenna or all the aluminum foil wrapped around it. I loved the shows and I loved Little Joe. Tan pants never looked so good on a man! However, I never understood why the characters always wore the same outfits but the guests changed each day. Maybe they didn’t have closets.
Then there was Gilligan’s Island. We just loved that show and Gilligan’s Coconut Cream Pie. Good thing this recipe is no bake but I guess the Professor would come up with an oven. Kids today do not care about TV shows as much with their access to social media. I am so glad I came home to Coconut Cream Pies and not so bright people trapped on an island. The Brady Bunch where the kids actually respected their parents and listened to them. They were not like the Disney Channel kids where if the parents say no and it is on. They will find a way to disobey their parents or just be disrespectful.
I heard a TV program one day on Disney where the kid was talking to their mother with such disrespect that if I had done it I would be toothless. After that, the TV was even more limited not that it had not been before. I wish I had just let the staff photographer (dd, 15) watch Sponge Bob and not Disney. To you new parents out there, here is my advise. Videos that you have watched and no Disney Channel. I wish I could go back in time and change a few things. I would do things different. Disney would be out!
This is the Taste of Home recipe I found today but I added a few things like cream cheese. I forgot to add the second pudding and by that time, the pie was mixed up however, the thickness of the second pudding mix is needed because the pie after it set up was still runny. I did use the coconut flavoring but I added vanilla. Actually it was vanilla paste from my favorite spice shop, Savory. I am a big fan of vanilla! This pie would make Gilligan a happy camper.
2 packages of vanilla instant pudding mix, 4 oz.
2.75 cups of milk
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 carton froze whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup coconut
1 graham cracker crust
- In a large mixing bowl, cram the cream cheese add the coconut, extracts, pudding mix and mild for 2 minutes.
- Pour into the crust. Sprinkle toasted coconut and chill until serving. Yield: 6-8 servings