Killer Key Lime Bites

Looking for a whimsical and light last minute summer dessert- perhaps for that big holiday right around the corner??? Try these individual Killer Key Lime Bites. There’s no worry about making a perfect pie crust because you use limes to hold the filling and you can whip up the key lime pie filling in a few fast steps.

I followed Ina Garten’s recipe for frozen key lime pie for the filling. Then, I substituted large, hollowed out limes to spoon the pie filling into rather than pie crust. You can make these treats ahead of time, pop them in the freezer and serve just as your guests are ready for dessert.

Ingredients
Filling:
6 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons grated lime zest
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 to 5 limes)

For the Topping:
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Thin lime wedges
Crumbled graham crackers (crumble right before serving to keep them fresh)

The first step is buying the largest limes you can find. Cut each lime in half and use a juicer to squeeze all of the juice possible out of each half. After the lime is juiced the inside should be fairly empty. You can scoop out the remainder of the lime with a sharp pairing knife or a grapefruit sectioning spoon. The only secret to this step of preparation is a little patience.

Once the inside of the lime is scooped out, place each half in an empty egg container which holds the lime upright for filling. For the filling, beat the egg yolks and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for 5 minutes, until thick. With the mixer on medium speed, add the condensed milk, lime zest, and lime juice. Spoon the filling up to the edge of the lime. Top with fresh whipped cream and a touch of lime zest and place your filled egg carton in the freezer. When you are ready to serve the Key Lime Bites, take them out of the freezer and sprinkle fresh graham cracker crumbs on top.

I found the best serving holders for this mini dessert were circular napkin rings. The lime sits perfectly on top. Place each napkin ring on a large elevated cake plate or decorative platter and add a little more zest around the edges to complete the display.

You can also add mini-appetizer spoons to each Key Lime Bite for easy serving and easy eating.

blooming onion pizza bread

Blooming Onion Pizza Bread LeadFootball Sunday is here. So is Football Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Take your pick. When we find a free Sunday, it’s so much fun getting together with other families to hangout, watch football, eat, drink and chat the afternoon away.

The next time you head out to someone’s house or they head to yours for the same type of merriment, this “Blooming Onion Pizza Bread,” is a great #appetizer to serve. The pizza bread is simple to make, easy to serve and goes a long way – plus it’s appealing to all age groups.

Ingredients:
1 unsliced round loaf sourdough bread
12-16 ounces mozzarella or Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
1 (3.5 ounce) package pepperoni, halved
3 Tb butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 Tb Parmesan cheese
Pizza/marinara sauce for dipping
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Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky going the second way but the bread is very forgiving. Place bread on a foil-lined baking sheet and insert cheese slices and pepperoni between cuts. Combine butter, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Drizzle or brush mixture over bread with a pastry brush. Sprinkle bread with Parmesan cheese. Wrap bread completely in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and pepperoni is a little crispy.

[gal] entine’s day lunch

Galentine's 1 CollageAhhhhh…the month of LOVE. Yes, there are reminders and not so subtle hints everywhere we look. And while we have no shortage of love or devotion for our spouses, there are those people in our lives that fill a special place.

I, for one, would be lost without the love, dedication, spirit, sarcasm, thoughtfulness and humor of my girlfriends. If you think about it, we have girlfriends wherever we turn. Not every single one has to be a BFF. There is a certain camaraderie, understanding and sympathy from the ladies in our lives. Maybe it’s the school receptionist you share an orthodontist story with while signing out your child for yet another appointment. Maybe it’s the woman standing behind you in line at the grocery store as you commiserate about the challenge of getting a hot and relatively healthy meal on the table for your family. Maybe it’s a stranger you encounter in the dressing room at Nordstrom asking for your opinion… Girlfriends are all around us and should be CELEBRATED.

We hosted a Galentine’s Lunch for some special GALS we are lucky enough to call girlfriends….Whatever you do this February 14th, be sure to give some love to the girlfriends that give it back to you time and time again {our Galentine’s Lunch recipes will be on the blog this Friday}. Follow this easy, step-by-step guide to create your own unique Valentine’s day occasion…

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