Mangrove Mama’s Original Key Lime Pie

It seems every Floridian has a recipe for Key Lime Pie, so The Miami Herald combed the Keys in a 2-week taste test of restaurants serving Key Lime Pie. They reported that 674 restaurants they visited in the keys served it. Their No.1 pie came from Mangrove Mama’s on Sugarloaf Key, from proprietor Rose Orzo. Note that Key Lime Pie is supposed to be yellow, not green as some Yankees might have thought.

Here is the winning recipe:

Two crusts:

Fudge-Raspberry Thing

This won the Refrigerated Pie Crust category of the Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1989. Write your own sarcastic comment here. Its original name was "Fudge Crostata with Raspberry Sauce" but I couldn't tell that to guests with a straight face, could you?

Glazed Fruit Tartlets

  • 1/4 lb. softened butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 cups fruits such as sliced bananas, well-drained mandarin orange sections, whole or sliced strawberries, fresh or well-drained canned diced pineapple, seedless grapes and fresh or frozen blueberries, drained.
  • Orange Glaze, see below.
  • Set of Tartlet Molds

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Schaum Torte

  • 5 egg whites
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. water
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Put ingredients - whites, baking powder, salt, vanilla, vinegar and water - into an electric mixer bowl and beat, using high speed. When egg whites are stiff, add 1-1/2 cups sugar one teaspoon at a time while mixing.

Spread on heavy brown paper using a teaspoon and bake 1 hour or longer in a 275°F oven. Remove from paper to cool as soon as you pull them from the oven.

Forgotten Cookies

These cookies are called "forgotten" because they spend so much time in the oven. Remember to turn off the oven first though!

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely-chopped nuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. 

Beat egg white until frothy. Add salt, continue beating, and add sugar gradually, until peaks form. Fold in nuts and chips.

Drop on ungreased cookie sheet. Place in oven. Turn off the heat and leave in the oven 8 hours.

– Karen Bergman

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

  • 1 pkg. orange cake mix
  • 1 small pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Galliano liqueur

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Mix together in a bowl the two mixes and set aside.

Crack the eggs one at a time into a bowl and beat after each until frothy. Add about half the dry ingredients, mix a little.

Add all the other liquid ingredients, mix a little. Add the remainder of the powdered mixes.

Mix completely.

Cherry Nut Crunch

  • 1 can Comstock Pie Filling (any type of berry)
  • 1 pkg. Jiffy yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour pie filling into baking dish. Crumble cake mix over this. Melt butter and dribble it over mixture. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and bake 30 minutes. Chill before serving.

– Karen Bergman

Meringue Fruit Salad

Millie made this to follow a Thanksgiving dinner of wild duck on my first visit to Høegholm (1989).

Make several meringue cookies with your favorite recipe.

Cut up berries, peaches and pears and chill.

Pour them over one or two large cookies in a glass bowl, then top with whipped cream and serve.

– Millie S.

Strawberry Fruit Salad

  • 18 oz. Cool Whip
  • 8-oz. carton sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 20-oz. can crushed pineapple 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Add together in order shown above.

Spray 9 x 13 dish with nonstick spray.

Pour salad mixture in pan. Freeze. Will keep 6 months.

Note - Cranberry substitute method: Crush 1 bag cranberries and cover with sugar.

Let stand overnight. (Berries substitute for strawberries. ) Fold together and pour mixture into pan. Freeze. 

–Pete, Kate Enchelmayer

Chicago Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups oatmeal, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together shortening, sugars, egg, water, vanilla and cinnamon until creamy. Add flours, salt and soda. Mix. Add chips and mix.