Question on Meringue
The best method for making meringue is to start with egg whites that are at room temperature. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on medium low speed. Add cream of tartar or some other acid such as lemon juice or vinegar, which stabilizes the meringue by preventing the bubbles from bursting once you stop beating. When they are foamy, increase to medium high speed and continue whisking until they form a soft peak. Slowly add sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time and continue whipping until meringue forms very stiff shiny peaks that hold their shape. Be sure to bake as soon as possible because meringue will start to deflate fairly quickly when handled. Bake in a 180 degree oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.