Wednesday, January 25, 2012

*I Cook Barefooted!* ~ Key Lime Pie

Barefoot Love!

We moved a lot when I was little.

"Our battered suitcases
were piled on the sidewalk again;
we had longer ways to go.
But no matter,
the road is life."
~ Jack Kerouac

introduced us to
Giant Redwoods, the West Coast,
and Disneyland.
I was an infant;
Breast was the meal du jour!

introduced us to 
a very… long… car ride,
and bean sandwiches.
We were poor. 
We had love and beans.

introduced us to
the East Coast...

 The Florida Keys ~ That's me there; the little smiling face in the two piece!

the Sun, the Sand, and the Wind in our hair...

and it began my love affair
with my Be-lov-ed
Key Lime Pie!

"Adventure is a path.
Real adventure ~ self-determined, self-motivated,
often risky...
forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.
The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.
Your body will collide with the earth
and you will bear witness.
In this way you will be compelled
to grapple with the limitless kindness
and bottomless cruelty of humankind...
and perhaps realize that you yourself
are capable of both.
This will change you.
Nothing will ever again 
be black-and-white."
~ Mark Jenkins

In 1972,
my mom clipped a recipe from the Tampa Times.
She selected true key limes,
as the ingredient list suggested,
on a drive down to the Florida Keys.

Key limes are yellow, when ripe,
and smaller than the limes
found in these parts.
They’re tart and bitter and delicious!

The following November
we introduced 
Our Kentucky Family 
to a
Thanksgiving mouth explosion!
We've been hooked since!

There are few culinary pleasures that actually
tug on my heartstrings.
I do love me a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut!
And, I am a sucker for a bowl of warm pasta and bread.
But it is that last Thursday in November,
every year since I was four,
that my mouth, literally, becomes a pie hole.

 “Really, it’s green?”

Yes, it is my friends!
Yes, it is.

Key Lime Pie

For Pie:
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 Egg yolks (Save the whites for Meringue!)
¼ cup Lime juice,
(Key limes preferably, but bottled lime juice will suffice!)
3 to 4 drops of Green food coloring
*Presentation folks. It's all in the presentation.*
1 Graham cracker crust

For Meringue:
4 Egg whites
1 tsp. Cream of tartar
3 Tbsp. Sugar

Beat egg yolks until light yellow.
Add sweetened condensed milk and lime juice.
Mix in drops of green, and Voila!
Pour into graham crust.

Beat all ingredients for the meringue in mixer
until stiff and peaks form.
~If you’re looking to combine dessert with your workout:
Whisk in a glass bowl and count after me…
One, Two, Ten-thousand! ~
Pile immediately on top of pie in pretty dips and waves.

Bake at 350 degrees until tips of meringue are lightly browned.

You want reviews?
    How 'bout, 
"Green is my new favorite color!" 

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“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  1. Oh, Scarlett! I *love* Key Lime Pie. In a pinch Edward's frozen will do. BTW, there's some in the freezer right now. :-D

  2. I'm not a Key Lime Pie person, but that's probably because I've never tasted yours. Made from scratch is a whole different taste experience. The recipe looks pretty tempting.

  3. My hubs ADORES Key Lime pie. Now where am I gonna get Key Limes in the midwest?

  4. ZAN MARIE ~ Because it's so incredibly sweet and rich, I eat it maybe twice a year. Well, sometimes three, even after the meringue as wilted! *wink*

    CONNIE ~ Do not be fooled by most imitations out there, either served up by restaurants or in the frozen section. (Though, I'd like to try and find Zan Marie's, Edward's.)The first restaurant I worked in as a teenager, A restaurant DEDICATED TO PIES, served Key Lime Pie... Only they made it with lemon juice. Wha...?!
    NOT the same, I can assure you.

    Lydia ~ I've been making Key Lime Pies for most of my adult life. When my mom or I were absent from our Kentucky family's Thanksgiving, someone else in the family stepped up to the task! We have many Key Lime Pie Mishap stories ~ Misguided meringue running down the stove front and what not!

    I have yet to make one with real key limes, since the Florida Keys are far, far away from my home here in the mid-west. Bottled lime juice really does just as well, my mom says. And there's always the limes we find around these parts.

  5. "Eureka," she cried out in the middle of produce.

    Lydia, I looked for them this morning, just for fun, and found key limes in Missouri! Perhaps they were there all along, eyeballing me and my cart; searching for any crumb of evidence that a pie was looming in their tiny future, a graham, a cream of tartar... "Ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me!" ~ What the hell is a cream of tartar, anyway?

    I admit, I left them there in their little netted bags, trucked up from Mexico in their little bath of "protective" petroleum. Ew.

    Roadtrip coming, I suspect, if I am ever to have the real thing again.

    "Honey, we need to make a quick 20+ hour dash down to Key West for some research I'm working on."

    How does that sound? Think it'll work?

  6. Mmmm, that's good stuff. Best when eaten on vacation in Florida. :)

  7. Mmmmm.... va-ca-tion... I could stand some of that about now. Our suntanned skin from the North Carolina coast this summer has faded.

    I'm always a wee bit skeered, L.G. to try another's key lime pie. I guess I'm afraid it won't measure up to my expectations of Awesomeness.

    I'm really no cook, but selling pies, of all kinds, on the side of the road may be my true calling.

  8. I visited Florida once but didn't get a chance to try their key lime pie. I did try their Key lime ice cream though. Oh YUM!

    I'll have to try that recipe.

  9. Hi, Lynda!

    Key Lime ice cream sounds wonderful. Is it green? *Big Smile*

  10. I can't think of Key Lime pie without remembering Key West. *sigh*

    Now I gotta have some. BAD!

  11. Heh Heh. A little slice of heaven!


    "It's these changes in latitudes,
    changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same.

    With all of our running
    and all of our cunning, if we
    couldn't laugh we would all go insane!"
    ~Beach Bum and Poet, Jimmy Buffet

  12. LOVE Key Lime Pie. Don't know that I've ever had it with REAL Key Limes, but still, it's delicious. I'm always in need of good recipes, loving your "I Cook Barefooted" theme.
    Catherine Denton

  13. Thanks, Catherine! I'm having fun sharing them, with a story thrown in for good measure. *grin*

  14. Beautiful space, wonderful post. I love Key Lime Pie. I've made it when I lived in the States, but here in the Islands where we have REAL Key Limes It's heaven (the pie and the islands.)

    I'll be back.

  15. farawayeyes, I am so psyched you stopped in! There is just something so calm and inviting in your voice ~ and your space as well.

    Mmmmm... Real Key limes. Are they as suitable in the lip of a Corona, as they are in the pie? I'm not much of a beer drinker, but the tart pulp of a lime does help that p*sswater go down. Sorry bout that. Sometimes my filters don't work right.

    Come back anytime.