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:

About This Class

CHAPTER 1

It begins on a sweaty, barely civilized island off of Africa. It begins in a chilly apartment in Evanston, Illinois. It begins in the Latin tenements of Queens. The immigrant culture of America is responsible for its bounty of diversity and the evolution of its grammar (or gramar or grammer or grammah as you see fit).

But our story really begins in ancient Rome.

CHAPTER 2

Sweet Chicken Curry

There is no one recipe for curry. The fragrant and salty-sweet taste of this one indicates it's probably from Indian diaspora rather than India itself. I found a very similar recipe being served years later at a festival in Miami by a group of Hindus that brought it from Guyana in South America.

This recipe can be complemented perhaps with some fresh tropical fruit in cream, and sweetened saffron rice (below), with mango chutney or other Indian chutney. Eat with an IPA beer, but follow after with coffee or tea. Adapted from a recipe by my Gator friend Linda Tournade.