Keyed up…. and a survey of sorts

I am normally quite the laid back person. Even when I get into an argument with someone I don’t raise my voice. When I taught school I never yelled at the kids. In fact, the opposite, being completely quiet seemed to scare the crap out of them more than a stern cut it out ever could. But I have this one person. This one person that gets on my very last nerve (no, not my husband :P) that causes me to blow up and yell.
I always feel bad after I do it, but It really seems like it is the only way that I ever truly get my point across to him. For example he asked to do something (I wont go into specifics) and I said no. He kept re-asking in about 15 different ways. All 15 times I told him no. Just when I thought he had got the point he basically went behind my back . So I blew up at him. The funny thing is he is a nice guy. He just doesn’t seem to get it. He’s like a salesman that just wont give up. Which after awhile you want to say, if you were the last person selling water on this Earth and I had to buy from you, I would rather just get dehydrated than give the sale to you.
When I was fuming about the situation my friend told me that they hadn’t seen me keyed up like that ever. I immediately thought, keyed? Key lime. I had already made these pies, but I thought hey, something I can write about. :) This is basically frozen key lime pie. So if you love the key lime pie, you will be loving on these.

Now for the survey portion of the post. I have considered coming out with some e-books and was wondering what people’s thoughts were on those?

Mini Key Lime Ice Cream Pies with Raspberry Sorbet Middles
12 mini graham cracker shells (you can make them but I was lazy and bought them…save yourself the time)
Key Lime Ice Cream (recipe follows)
Raspberry Sorbet (recipe follows)

Key Lime Ice Cream
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
6 large egg yolks
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup key lime juice

Bring the cream to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan, then reduce to simmer.
Temper eggs by slowly beating the hot cream into the egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat.
Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble.
Remove from the heat and pour the hot custard through a strainer into a medium bowl. Allow the custard to cool slightly, then stir in the sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.
Follow the manufactures directions for your ice cream maker.
You don’t want the ice cream to actually get to thick as you are going to need to pour into pie shells.

Raspberry Sorbet
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 lb. fresh raspberries (about 5 cups)
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 2 cups water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve. Reduce heat to low and simmer, without stirring, to make a syrup, for 5 minutes.

Pour the syrup into a medium bowl, stir in vanilla extract, and transfer to the freezer to let chill for 15 minutes.

Purée 1 lb. of the raspberries (about 4 cups) with the syrup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Scrape the purée through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard the seeds. Stir lime juice into the raspberry purée and pour it into a 2-quart ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions until almost set but still a little slushy, about 25 minutes.

Add remaining raspberries (about 1 cup) and continue freezing in the ice cream maker for about 5 minutes. Transfer the sorbet to a plastic container and freeze until completely set, about 1 hour.

Sorbet recipe adapted from



You can use just a spoon or if you want a more uniformed look like mine, I used a small round cookie cutter to cut out the sorbet. Or you just jam it into the cookie cutter and pop it out.

Place the sorbet in the middle of the pie shell. Carefully pour key lime ice cream around the sorbet. Or if you are lazy, like I was on most just cover it up. :) If your ice cream is too thick you can spoon it in, instead of pouring.

Freeze for another 2 hours and serve.


  1. Oh good heavens, yes bring on your e-books! That would be wonderful, helpful, enjoyable, exciting, and very usable. I think it is a great idea, so please do it!!! Just do it!

  2. I would need a little bit more information on the e-book before I could really formulate an opinion, but generally I would say yes please!

  3. Deborah says:

    I am so excited at the thought!! It would be great!!

  4. YES! Your writing is so fun to read, and if it’s a cook book……..MY GAWD! I’m there! :)

  5. Don’t you just love it when life drops a situation into your lap that you can blog about and somehow tie into food. Yeah, that’s great.

    Even though I’m really sorry you have to deal with this obnoxious guy.

    But key lime anything – awesome. Ebooks – also awesome.

  6. I’m a little biased, but I think ebooks are great! Definitely the way things are going, and I see no reason why you shouldn’t put several out!

  7. Those are unique pies! They look so heavenly!



  8. E-books from you would be great!

    I love how you tied in key lime pies to your story :)

  9. LOL!! I love that you just segued so quickly from the story about your frustrating friend to key lime pie. You had me hanging on to the rest of the story only to drop me and then you picked me up with this yummy-looking pie.

    To answer your question, I’m not quite a fan of e-books, but it looks like you will be successful with them based on the above comments!! So do it!

  10. Loved how you connected keyed up to key lime, and then hey, we got pie. That’s a pretty looking pie and the sorbet in the centre is a wonderful idea.
    Re e-books. I bought an e-book for a fund raiser for Haiti almost a year ago, and it’s till somewhere in my computer. For some reason, I like to hold a real cookbook rather than an e-book, but that’s just me I guess!

  11. These look fantastic! Wow-gorgeous AND looks delicious! Yum. :)

    Regarding e-books – I usually don’t buy these, but from you I probably would because I adore your blog! :)

  12. YES YES YES I would love any and all of your e books.

    Raspberry and Key Lime are teo of my faxorite flavors so the pie(s) are high on my “to do” list.

  13. Your mysterious frustrating person sounds a lot like my dog ;)

    The pie looks great. I love the sorbet in the center!

  14. Sharlotte says:

    I like e-books about cooking when the individual recipes are printable. Sometimes you get e-books that can only be viewed with a special viewer with no print function, so you are left either transcribing the recipe or hearing your laptop scream in agony from the viewer program eating your hard drive capacity as you cook/bake.

  15. I second Kaitlin – your mysterious won’t-take-no-for-an-answer sounds like my dog too!

    If you write an eBook or an eZine, and it’s printable, I’ll buy it even though I don’t normally buy them. :)

  16. Judy Krist says:

    YES PLEASE!!!!!!

  17. ebooks = YES YES YES YES YES!!!!
    I’ve printed out so many of your recipes but it would be nice to have them all tucked in safe on my ereader and not adding to the piles of papers surrounding my kitchen.

  18. What a creative and gorgeous looking dessert. As for ebooks – go for it :)

  19. Wow- those look great as usual :)
    E-books From you would be awesome, I would buy them sight unseen!

  20. Yes, yes, ebook of bread puddings recipes!

  21. E-books…I’ve gotten free e-cookbooks that I’ve really enjoyed, but that’s not something I would pay for. (Don’t know what you had in mind for pricing, etc.)

  22. Yes! E-Book! Remember to “dumb-it-down” for the hopless can’t cook worth a dime- ppl like me..
    I think i am going to try this pie… it looks simple enough.. maybe.. everytime i say that something does go wrong… hummm… we will see. :) wish me luch!

  23. Would love to see your personality and recipes in an ebook. I’m a cookbook & any book & kindle addict (just ordered a Kindle 3 – already have a 1 & 2)… As we’re cleaning house to become “homeless gypsies,” I’m really sorry that there aren’t more cookbook type things on my Kindle – AND I love to read your set-ups and recipes!

  24. Personally, I prefer the hard back or printed book rather than an e-book, but maybe I’m old school.

  25. Heck I pretty much bookmark every recipe you post on your blog, so an e-book would be right up my alley!

  26. Yes definitely do the e-books!!!

  27. I’m that same way! I store things up and then POP! Explode on someone. Too bad I was never smart enough to think of making dessert from it. This looks delicious!

  28. My favourite pictures is the “cross-section” of the pies. I love the contrast between the deep red of the sorbet and the cool smoothness of the key lime. Divine. :)

  29. Awesome, looks delicious. Love the red sorbet in the middle. And I LOVE your green gingham cloth!

  30. These look so beautiful!
    My parents have a deep love of key lime pie. I may have to find a way to make these for them.

  31. I say yes to e-books! I love reading your posts and recipes!!!

  32. Love the way you brought the pie into the story :P

    I can’t say much about the e-book until I know what it’s about!


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