Pre-heat oven to 350º
Heat 2 c. milk and oleo in heavy kettle* over medium heat.
Beat egg yolks.
Add ¼ c. milk, sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Mix well.
Pour slowly into hot milk, beating until smooth and thick.
Add vanilla, stir.
Pour into 9" baked pie crust.
Cover with meringue* (be sure to seal meringue to crust good. Push down with spoon or such - this prevents "weeping").
Add cream of tarter to the egg whites. Beat until frothy.
add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
Bake in 350º oven until golden brown (about 12-15 minutes).
*If you do not have heavy (like club aluminum) pan cook in a double boiler.
You can add bananas, coconut, or drained crushed pineapple for change of flavor.
To make a chocolate pie add 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (you may want to add more) along with the sugar and cornstarch