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Pie #2 - Key Lime with Graham Cracker Crust

AKA "What have you done?" from Jeff

For the second pie I had planned to try something savory and had a perfect recipe...but the vegetables in that pie aren't in season and it seemed prudent to wait and use fresh local perhaps late this summer.

Bottled or fresh?

Somehow I had gotten an odd bottle of Natalie's Lime Juice. I'm not really sure where it came from - given to me by someone? Anyway, I kept eyeing it, thinking about lime ice cream when the thought of a lime pie occurred to me. Seemed brilliant, and easy, until I remembered that a few of my key lime pie recipes specifically say that fresh juice is much better in a pie than bottled juice.

Happily, I had decided to finally clean out the basement freezer this morning, and there, among all the containers of frozen chicken and shrimp stocks, and the many bags of fruit just aching to be popped into a pie, was a container of key lime juice I had made myself! At some point last year there I was, squeezing all those tiny little key limes with our fancy juicer. I'm pretty sure I made a pie then and froze the rest, so a quick visit to the microwave and the homemade juice was ready to go.

Of course, me being me, I could not follow Jeff's motto of "Less is more." (My motto, after all these years, still seems to be, "More is never enough.") When mixing the sweetened condensed milk, eggs yolks and lime juice, I just may have added a few drops of green food coloring for a little brightness. When the pie was out of the oven, Jeff hollered, "What happened to this pie?" He was not pleased. I pointed out it's my pie and I wanted something which he muttered, "It's different, all right." Looks like I may have to eat the entire pie by myself this time around. (Hmmmm...I wonder how many times this trick will work...?)

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