Monday, March 18, 2013

“When life sucks and hands you lemons, I say beat the crap out of it and demand some Florida oranges as well.” -unknown

"Excuse me, do you live here?" I was asked as I stood in the Englewood  Walmart deli line waiting for the discombobulated deli guy to slice my lunch meat for the week. 

 It could have been the bright aqua blue t-shirt with sand dollars all over the back that I was wearing or maybe it was the hot pink Havaianas flip-flops I was wearing in 55 degree weather - but it was obviously a sure fire bet that I was a local.

  Next question - "Do you know where I can get some really good Key Lime Pie?" Really Is a 3 pound seagull fat? This Florida girl knows her way around A key lime pie.

Some things to know:

~Authentic Florida Key Lime pie is yellow not green.
~Real Key Lime pie is topped with whipped cream not meringue but the topping is really a personal preference.
~The filling has to be tart enough to make your lips  pucker up. 

This is what an authentic piece of Key Lime Pie should look like with the exception of the not-key limes in the photo.

My favorite recipe for Key Lime pie comes from Nellie & Joe's Famous Lime Juice.  It's on the back of every bottle.  (Tip - I substitute Lorna Doone cookie crumbs for the graham cracker.)

 Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Pie
  • 9" graham cracker pie crust
  • 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks (whites not used)
  • ½ cup Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice
Combine milk, egg yolks and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Pour filling into pie crust and bake at 350º for 15 minutes. Allow to stand 10 minutes before refrigerating. Just before serving, top with freshly whipped cream, or meringue, and garnish with lime slices.

The best store-bought Key Lime Pie is made by a Florida company called Publix.  The filling is sweet-tart, the topping is whipped cream & they add an almond garnish on the crust which is a nice touch.  For $6.99 you can't beat it.  

Another tasty store-bought Key Lime pie is the Edwards brand found in the frozen section.  They make whole pies or "little nippers" aka single slices.

For more key lime recipes CLICK HERE.


  1. I'm still undecided on if I really like Key Lime Pie. Maybe I just haven't had a really good one yet.

    1. Kim, Try it at Gramma Dots next time you're there, maybe that will help you decide!! :)

  2. An absolutely adorable post. Publix makes the best store-bought? Who knew!

  3. I really LOVE Key Lime Pie... A Florida vacation without it is a no go ;-)

  4. Thank you for the Key Lime update - you know your stuff! Love the googley eye postcard at the end - I have that exact one from my Grandmother in the 70's!!! Not usually a comment girl, but just had to today. Love your blog, love your quotes!

  5. Great and fun post! I am a huge fan of key lime pie. I think my son makes the best one around. (But I can't share his recipe...sorry.) He used to make and sell them to several local restaurants in our area. I don't particularly like the Publix Key Lime pie...too sweet and gooey for my taste. But, in a pinch, it will do. (Just not with the mango addition. YUK!)

    Your quote today is right on!

  6. I didn't use to like Key Lime Pie, until I tried it at Gramma Dot's on Sanibel!!! It is awsome there!! I may have to plan a trip to get some soon!! ;) Great Post Karen, Thanks for the info!!

  7. Love the pics... we need to get one fr publix.. hvn't tried that yet!

  8. Next time we are out on the water I have a place where I will take you for key lime pie:)


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