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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Novel Food

Lisa at Champaign Taste and Simone at Briciole are once again hosting their Novel Event. This is a culinary/literary event that has inspired us over the past couple of years. I have joined in with posts of many of Fannie Flagg's novels, and even the novel Julie and Julia.

I think this time I will go back to the comfort of Fannie Flagg. She is such a great southern writer and paints a picture of every sleepy southern town. This time Little River, just in time for the holidays... in her novel Redbird Christmas.

This is a recipe for Mildred's pie. Not the predictable holiday pie for her..."with Mildred you never knew which way she was going to jump from one minute to the next" (Which might also explain why she ran off to live in New Orleans with Julian.)

"Mildred's Key Lime Pie
4 eggs separated
1/3 cup fresh key lime juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 9inch graham cracker crust*
Mix egg yolks and lime juice together. Add condensed milk. Beat 1 egg white stiff and fold into the egg and lime juice mixture. Beat 3 remaining egg whites and gradually add sugar and cream of tartar. Pour into a graham cracker crust and bake at 350 until egg whites are golden brown."
*For my graham cracker crust I used 1 cup thin ginger snap cookie crumbs and 6 tbs butter, combined and pressed into a pie plate. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
For anyone else who might like to join in the Novel Event, the rules are simple. Post a recipe that is inspired by a novel that you have read. The deadline is November the 7th... You still have time to send it in!
Y'all enjoy!


Char said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, i love key lime.

great submission

Lisa said...

Hey, Sandi! I was just coming over to remind you of the event . . . and you're way ahead of me. :) Thank you so much for joining us again. Your key lime pie looks scrumptious. Wish I had a piece right now, because it's one of my favorites, if not my most favorite.

Love Fannie Flagg, too, of course. I need to get hold of Redbird Christmas this year.

nanny said...

May I have just a small piece of your pie?

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Char~ key lime is my mostest favorite too... that's why I picked it!
Lisa~ Great minds think alike!
Nanny~ I'll share a sliver :-)

Sandy said...

I love Red Bird Christmas and key lime pie, too! I need to get back over to Magnolia Springs soon!

Simona Carini said...

I like unpredictable characters cooking unpredictable dishes. I think key lime pie is always welcome on the table, regardless of the time of the year. Thanks for the reading suggestion and for participating in our event.

velva said...

That is one darn good looking key lime pie! Awesome.

Jerry said...

Looks easy - especially with one of those premade pie crusts. You're smart to use the bottled juice because it takes hours to juice those tiny little things! ARGH

I love key lime pie - we don't get much of it here in the land of snow and ice.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Sandy~ Magnolia Springs is a beautiful southern town... we need to get back there too.
Simona~ It is always fun to see what people come up with.
Velva~ the perfect sweet + tart!
Jerry~ you can use a premade crust if you'd like and I agree... Key Limes are the dickins to juice!

Debra from Bungalow said...

I love me some key lime pie! I was inspired to try fried green tomatoes by YOU and the movie! But I won't be posting the recipe because you already know it!

grace said...

well, first of all, mildred is an awesome name. just awesome. i may name my first daughter mildred. hmm...maybe not. :)
secondly, terrific pie! key lime is such a refreshing flavor, and i need to be refreshed.

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

My, my, my -my key lim epie!
one of my favorites

Anonymous said...

I really love some good key lime pie.
WE tried yours and it is very good.
Have you ever tried the world's famous
key lime pie from Kutchie's Key West.
Their key lime pie is the best that we have ever tried. We goggled KLP one day and that was how we found them.
Everyone should at least give Kutchie's KLP a Try.....Betty Lou Ray

Anonymous said...

Talk about Novel Food? We could write a novel about the Key Lime Pies that we order from Kutchie and Anita Pelaez's Key Lime Pie Factory in N.C.
.But that in itself would just be a waste of time because when it comes to key lime pies "Anita and Kutchie" wrote The Book on Key Lime Pies. They're key lime pies are always on The Best Seller's List! They can't bake them fast enough. We wish everyone out in cyber-world could get the chance to try them someday. You would be just as hooked on them as we are.

Molly and Benny Deutsch

Anonymous said...

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Their Delicious Pies Are Filled With Love In Each And Every Delicious Cool Sweet And Tart Bite. Our Returning Costumers Cannot Give Them Any Higher Attributes Than Ordering As Many As It Is Possible For Us To Supply Them On A Monthly Bases. Our Highest Recommendations Certainly Go Out To Anita And Kutchie Pelaez. May GOD Continue Blessing Them And Their Fabulous One Of A Kind Key Lime Pie Factory, Truly GOD Given Hidden Magic In The Mountains Of North Carolina. You Know, When You Think About It....It's No Wonder Everyone Is Saying...."AH", The Magic Of The Lovely Anita Pelaez And Her Key Lime Pies!

Regards,...Mary Jane Hunter

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