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Key Lime Pie

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There is something so delightful about a key lime pie. Maybe because it has the perfect amount of tart and sweet. I love all things citrus and key lime pie takes the cake. I mean it takes the pie. What I’m trying to say is that key lime pie is fantastic and this recipe is easy and amazingly good. 

I have been making this mouth-watering dessert for years and it always brings smiles. That makes me happy, which makes me smile too. It fills me up to know that I brought a little joy to someone in the form of a delicious piece of pie. You can’t be angry when you are enjoying a yummy treat. We all just need to eat more desserts.

No key limes are required to make this key lime pie. I have used key limes before and they are not the easiest fruit to work with since they are very small. Also, key limes are not always available at the grocery store. Regular limes work great. 

Make this delectable pie and bring some happiness to your world.

 

Happy Eating!

 

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11dsc00538

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Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

8 egg yolks 

2 cans sweetened condensed milk

The juice of 5 limes (approximately ½ cup) 

Zest of 5 limes (about 1 tablespoon)

For the crust

2 sleeves of graham crackers

14 tablespoons of melted butter

 

    1. Preheat oven to 325°
    2. Place graham crackers in a food processor and process until finely ground. You can also place graham crackers in a zip lock bag and pound them with a rolling pin until you get fine crumbs. Put the graham cracker crumbs in a large mixing bowl.
    3. Add melted butter to the graham cracker crumbs. Mix until combined. 
    4. Press the graham cracker/butter mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Use the back of a measuring cup to firmly press the crust in place. 
    5. Bake the crust for 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely.
    6. Reduce oven temperature to 300°
    7. Add egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment and mix on medium to medium high until everything is thoroughly combined. 
    8. Pour the pie filling into the pie crust. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
    9. The pie is done when the filling is firm but slightly soft. It won’t be wiggly and it won’t be brown. 
    10. Let the pie cool completely. Wait at least 4 to 6 hours before serving. Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

 

Notes

*If you can find key limes, use a few more than what the recipe calls for since they are small.

*Make this pie a day ahead for the best flavor.

* Buy extra limes to use for garnish. 

* Top with whipped cream.

 

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Oven Roasted Tomatoes

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I love tomatoes in any and every way possible. Sliced on a sandwich, chopped in salsa, cooked in sauce and fresh from the garden are all scrumptious. Tomatoes are versatile and delicious. One of my favorite ways to prepare the all-purpose tomato is roasted.

Roasted tomatoes have the most amazing flavor and are very easy to make. I love to use Romas when roasting tomatoes but any tomato will do. You can slice them thin or just halve them depending on how you will use your roasted tomatoes.

Add them to salads, soups, or sandwiches. Toss roasted tomatoes with some pasta, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan for a delicious simple meal. Compliment your main dish of chicken, fish or pork with some roasted tomatoes. Put some roasted tomatoes on a charcuterie board or the top of crostini.

There are numerous ways to use roasted tomatoes to add wonderful flavor and texture to just about any dish. It’s also a great way to preserve tomatoes since they can be kept in the freezer for up to six months. I hope you are inspired to give roasted tomatoes a try.

Happy Eating!

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

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Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

2 pounds plum tomatoes

olive oil

Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  3. Slice tomatoes in half. Gently remove the seeds and stems.
  4. Place the sliced tomatoes on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until tomatoes begin to carmelize.
  7. Cool and add them to your favorite dish.

Notes:

Store roasted tomatoes in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

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Crostini

Ingredients

Baguette

Olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉
  2. Slice baguette into ¼ inch rounds.
  3. Brush each side with olive oil and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until crisp and golden brown.

Notes:

Add whatever toppings you like to the crostini.

I topped mine with ricotta cheese, roasted tomatoes, and fresh oregano.

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Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

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My family loves kabobs. They are a fun, delicious way to cook meat and vegetables. You can easily customize them for each person. The possibilities are limitless as to what type of kabobs you can create. 

These teriyaki kabobs are fantastic. The marinade is the perfect balance of tangy, savory and spicy. Making your own teriyaki sauce takes just a few minutes, and the freshness and flavor can’t be beat. It’s better than any store-bought teriyaki sauce. 

I am not an expert on the grill, but my husband is. He has been grilling kabobs our entire marriage, which is a very long time. Well over a quarter of a century of cooking over open flame. This is his teriyaki recipe, and it’s a winner. So fire up that grill, and get ready to dig into a delightful meal.

Happy Eating!

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

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Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs 

Ingredients

2 cups pineapple juice

2 cups low sodium soy sauce 

½ cup brown sugar

5 cloves crushed garlic

1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon red pepper flake

4 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces

2 tablespoons cornstarch to thicken the sauce (do not add to the marinade)

1 tablespoon of water to mix with the cornstarch

Optional for the kabobs

pineapple chunks

yellow onion chopped

red onion chopped

sliced green onion for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and red pepper flake. You will have 4 cups total.
  2. Cut chicken breasts evenly into bite sized pieces.
  3. Place the cut up chicken in a large resealable bag. Add 1 cup of the teriyaki sauce. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. 
  4. Keep the remaining 3 cups of marinade in the refrigerator. While the chicken is marinating, make the teriyaki sauce that will be used for dipping. 
  5. In a small saucepan take 2 cups of the remaining teriyaki sauce and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of water with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Add the cornstarch mixture to the simmering sauce and whisk until smooth and thickened. Take it off the heat and let it cool. You can do this the night before and keep the thickened sauce in the refrigerator until you cook the kabobs or make it the same day.
  6. Keep the 1 cup of remaining sauce aside for basting while grilling. This is optional. You can use all remaining teriyaki marinade for sauce if you prefer. 
  7. Assemble the kabobs with pieces of chicken, onion, and pineapple.
  8. Leave prepared kabobs out at room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking.
  9. Heat the gas grill to medium. Spray the grill grates with cooking oil.
  10.  Grill kabobs for about 20 minutes until the chicken is done. Every 5 minutes turn the kabobs. Baste with teriyaki sauce 3 or 4 times throughout grilling. 
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can use up to 6 chicken breasts with this recipe.

*Marinating overnight is ideal. 

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Caprese Skewers

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This delicious appetizer is super easy to make. All you’re doing is assembling a few simple ingredients. No cooking, no heating up the oven. You can make these ahead of time and add the balsamic vinegar right before serving.

If you like Caprese salad which uses sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil then you will love Caprese skewers. It’s the same thing just bite-sized. These little skewers make a great snack, appetizer, or side dish.

I keep mine very simple and only sprinkle salt and fresh ground black pepper. You can easily add dried herbs if that’s what you like. Make them as small or large as you want. I have made them with regular sized toothpicks or larger like the ones pictured.

Happy Eating!

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Caprese Skewers

Ingredients

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 8oz. container mini mozzarella balls

large sprig of fresh basil (cut basil leaves in half)

balsamic vinegar

salt

fresh ground black pepper

toothpicks or bamboo skewers

Directions

  1. Slide a tomato, then half of a basil leaf, then fresh mozzarella on a skewer. Repeat until there are two of each item on your skewer. If you are using toothpicks just add one of each item.
  2. Lay the skewers on a platter. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over everything. Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Cut bamboo skewers in half to make larger appetizers.
  • The basil wilts once it’s in the refrigerator but it still tastes good.
  • If you can’t find mini mozzarella balls just cut up small pieces of fresh mozzarella.
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Dole Whip

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The name Dole Whip will be familiar to any Disney fans. Disneyland started serving this fantastic ice cream treat back in 1986 at the Tiki Juice Bar which is part of The Enchanted Tiki Room. The popularity has grown so much over the years it’s now considered an iconic refreshment at the Disney Parks. There’s even Dole Whip merchandise for super fans.

You don’t need to take a vacation to enjoy a Dole Whip. You can make this easy frozen treat at home. All you need is a blender and three simple ingredients. Pineapple juice, frozen pineapple, and vanilla ice cream combine to create a delectable flavorful dessert.

Pineapple soft serve is refreshingly cool and sweet on a hot day, or any day. This version of Dole Whip is absolutely delicious with the same wonderful texture and flavor as the original. Enjoy this delightful frosty treat.

Happy Eating!

For the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

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Dole Whip 

Ingredients

½ cup pineapple juice (4 oz.)

2 cups frozen pineapple chunks (10 oz.)

1 large scoop vanilla ice cream (approximately ¾ cup)

Yield: 2 large servings or 4 small servings 

Directions

  1. Put pineapple juice, and frozen pineapple chunks in a blender and pulse for a few minutes to chop the pineapple. Add vanilla ice cream and blend on medium high until combined. Stop every so often and give it a stir and keep blending until everything is smooth and creamy. 
  2. Place the finished mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Scoop into bowls and enjoy. If you want the iconic swirl, then use a piping bag with a star tip. Pipe into serving bowls just like soft serve.

Notes

  • After you fill your piping bag, place it in the freezer for a few minutes before making each serving. It’s very soft ice cream and melts quickly.
  • You can use fresh cut pineapple. Just freeze it before making the soft serve. 

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