A slice of the Florida Keys

Sometimes, cooking something that reminds you of someone, something or some place is a great way to remember and relive experiences. It’s certainly not the same, but it’s a great way to transport you or bring those memories into your home. For me, a slice of Key Lime Pie helped fill my soul on this cold, NY Sunday with a slice of Key West Life.

Key West, Florida is our favorite place in the world- and we don’t get there nearly enough. I miss it all the time, but I never miss it more than in the dead of winter. So, rather than sitting around on a lazy, cold, Sunday and dreaming of the Keys, I decided to make some Key Lime Pie and bring a little bit of Key West life to us.

I love Key Lime pie, but I had never made one from scratch before. So, after reviewing some recipes I decided to try one that I found on the Food Network website, courtesy of Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant and I did use actual Key Limes! (what a work-out to squeeze those little guys!) Click for Recipe:

Once the pie was finished and was setting, I decided to round out our Key West influenced meal and make some Mahi Mahi Fish Sandwiches for dinner to enjoy before our pie, inspired of course by B.O.’s Fish Wagon. B.O.’s Fish Wagon is one of our most frequented lunch stops while in Key West. It’s a actual shack, it has long lines and when they run out of fish for the day- the day is over and you’re out of luck. The secret is super fresh fish, grilled white onions, fresh bread and a quality Tarter sauce. B.O.’s uses a Key Lime Tarter Sauce, but I like a recipe from Ina Garten. View Ina’s recipe. We ate every last morsel of Mahi and although it wasn’t exactly the same- it hit the spot and got us ready for the star of the evening- The Key Lime Pie.

The first bite was dreamy- I was so excited!!! The recipe was just perfect! I ate my slice slowly and it took me back to strolling around wondering where the night would take us, stopping for a slice of Key Lime pie at one of the many Key Lime Pie shops somewhere along the way.