Fresh Strawberry Pie

1 quart strawberries
1 cup sugar
2 ½ or 3 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 baked pie shell
½ pint whipping cream (optional)
red food coloring (optional)

Wash berries and hull. Put one half of berries in sauce pan and crush. Mix sugar and cornstarch; add to crushed berries along with lemon juice. Cook on medium heat until mixture thickens. Cool. Cut remaining berries into halves and mix with the cooked mixture. Add a few drops of red food coloring to the cooked mixture before adding the uncooked berries. Pour mixture into baked pie shell. Chill before serving. Serve topped with whipped cream.