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                                 KEY WEST, FL
Frequently Asked Questions w/ Answers
   May 8, 1996 
Table of Contents
    1. -- Welcome and General Information 
    2. -- Current Events (snicker snicker snicker) 
    3. -- Key West, an Overview 
        * Where is Key West? 
        * How big is Key West? 
        * What is the population of Key West? 
        * What is the Conch Republic? 
        * What is Cayo Hueso? 
    4. -- JB and his activities in the Keys 
        * Where is Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe? 
        * What's Margaritaville's food like? 
        * Does Jimmy live in the Keys? 
        * What is the Coconut Telegraph? 
        * How do I reach the Coconut Telegraph? 
    5. -- Visiting the Keys 
        * Is Key West a Resort? 
        * Where is a Good/Cheap place to stay? 
        * What should I do while I am in the Keys? 
        * Besides JB, who are some other celebrities in Key West? 
        * What/When is Fantasy Fest? 
    6. -- Important Addresses and Numbers 
    7. -- Electronic Key West 
        * Overview of Ethereal Key West 
        * Key West and its outer spoke on the Web 
        * Gotta check your e-mail on vacation eh? 
        * Information Superhighway... Heard of the Seven Mile Bridge? 
    8. -- Key Limes and Key Lime Pies 
0. Welcome and General Information

   This FAQ is published every two weeks in alt.answers and news.answers.
   This FAQ was written to answer the frequent questions regarding about
   Key West, Florida that appear in NetNews postings. The intent of this
   article is to provide accurate information regarding the Keys. This
   FAQ is available from WWW users can point their favorite
   viewer to: The Key West FAQ Page (
    This FAQ makes no attempt to answer questions regarding JB or his
   music. For answers to those questions, see the FAQ titled
   "" Part 1 and Part 2. They are posted to about once a month. 
   I'm not paid by anyone listed below to promote them. I am not
   attempting to market or advertise any establishment listed in this
   FAQ. I will try to keep this information as accurate as possible;
   however, information does change from time to time, and I can't be
   responsible for errors that may occur. Please send any corrections or
   comments to Questions regarding the recipies at the
   end should be directed to Kim Dyer at Fins Up!
     * Continual changes to Electronic Key West 
1. Current Events (snicker snicker snicker)

     * Nutin' goin on.... 
2. Key West, an Overview

    Where is Key West?
   Key West is the last island in a chain of islands extending southwest
   of Miami FL that one can drive to. Key West is 159 miles SW of Miami
   and 90 miles north of Havana. To get to Key West, upon arriving at
   Miami, jump on US1 south, and drive!!! Optionally, you could fly into
   Key West International Airport (EYW). It is serviced by Comair:The
   Delta Connection, USAir Express, American Eagle, and United Airlines
   via Gulfstream International. Key West is further south than Nassau,
   Bahamas. (BTW: Key West, FL is at 24.55 N 81.82 W for those with
    How big is Key West?
   The island is quoted by several sources as being either a 1 mi X 3 mi
   island, or 2x4, or 3x5. The differences vary depending on if some
   adjacent islands are included, such as Stock Island, Fleming Key, and
   Dredgers Key. 
    What is the population of Key West?
   Just as the size of the island changes, so does the population. The
   1990 Census listed the population of the City of Key West as 24,832.
   The population for the entire Keys (not all of Monroe county) is
   listed as 78,024. (Source: Key West Citizen -- Florida Keys Almanac,
   August 1994 derived from the 1990 Census).
    What is the Conch Republic?
   In 1982, the US Border Patrol placed a road block on US1 just before
   one crosses over into Key Largo for the purpose of catching drug
   traffic, illegal aliens, etc. Traffic jams to and from the Keys built
   up in large proportions. Tourism basically died off. Several folks got
   together and formed the nation of "The Conch Republic", and seceded
   from the Union. The Conch Republic instantly surrendered to the United
   States and requested $1 Million in foreign Aid. The publicity stunt
   was successful in ending the road blocks. But to not let a good thing
   end, the Conch Republic Flag still flies in the skies above the Keys.
   Conch Republic passports are also issued.
    What is Cayo Hueso?
   Cayo Hueso is Spanish for "Island of Bones". When Ponce de Leon first
   arrived at Key West, the island was littered with bones from the
   Indians who had lived here. The term "Key" is most likely an
   Anglicization of Cayo. It isn't clear if "West" is derived from Hueso
   (pronounced way-so) or if the term "West" has to do with the
   geographical location of Key West.
3. JB and his activities in the Keys

    Where is Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe?
   Jimmy Buffett's Margritaville Cafe & Gift Shop 
   500 Duval St. 
   Key West, FL 33040
   Drive down US1 until you get to Key West, turn right (staying on US1
   on Roosevelt Blvd., which will eventually turn into Truman Ave. Turn
   right on Duval (after passing MM1). Then go about 5 blocks. The
   Cafe/Store will be on your left.
    What's the food like?
   As with any restaurant, they have their specialties, and their
   weaknesses. They have their good days and their bad. If you are a
   Buffett fan, then you have to go there just out of principle. Main
   menu attraction: "Cheese Burger in Paradise"
    Does Jimmy live in the Keys?
   He owns a house in Key West, however his primary residence is reported
   to be split between Nashville, TN and West Palm Beach, FL.
    What is the Coconut Telegraph?
   The Coconut Telegraph is the official News Letter for JB. You can
   subscribe to it by writing or calling. There is a small fee, but like
   any thing else the terms are subject to change.
    How do I reach the Coconut Telegraph?
   The Coconut Telegraph 
   424 Fleming St. 
   Key West, FL 33040 
   (305) 292-8402
4. Visiting the Keys

   Before I start answering these questions, there is a small amount of
   commentary that must be stated. Key West, and the Keys are a most
   wonderful place. They are so wonderful because of the natural habitat
   of the area. 
   [Rob places a soap box out on the deck, and stands up on it. He
   clears his throat, and begins to speak in his best TV Evangelist
   voice. As the sound waves approach your ears, you remember that a
   shark fin holding two beer cans is strapped to his head!]
   Our Coral Reef is one of the best on the planet to explore, but it is
   very fragile. Just touching the reef can cause measurable damage to
   the local ecological system. Captains and boat owners who run their
   boats aground on the reef pay enormous fines for the damages. Respect
   the reef, the coral and other life out there. Look. Don't Touch.
   Throwing trash in our waters is even more damaging. Large fines are
   assessed to those caught littering the ocean. The fish you eat is
   caught in our local waters. Remember that before you let a friend toss
   a piece of trash into the water.
   As you drive through the Keys, remember that many endangered and
   protected species live here. The most noticeable is the Key Deer. When
   you approach Big Pine, speed limits drop and they are STRICTLY
   ENFORCED. You would really hate to spend your vacation in our jails
   for hitting one of the deer. As a side note, even at the speed limits,
   driving through Big Pine requires care. I was driving the required 35
   MPH or less, when I rounded one curve. Two Key Deer were standing in
   the median. I slowed down, but as I passed the deer, one bolted.
   Luckily for me, the doe bolted the other way. Even though I was
   obeying the law, it could have all been over in the bat of an eye!
   Enough of the commentary!!!!!
   [Rob gets off of the soap-box, places it in a safe place, sips his
   Margarita, and continues to field questions]
    Is Key West a Resort?
   No! Hilton Head Is. SC is a resort. Key West is a small town where
   people work and live. People are born here, and live here all their
   lives. There are schools, and car dealers, and other things that a
   small town would have. Key West's main industry is tourisim, but the
   island is not littered with time-shares and golf-courses. It is a
   peaceful sub-tropical fishing village.
    Where is a Good/Cheap place to stay?
   There are too many places and they change their rates too often to
   keep track of. The best bet is to get a AAA Tour Book of Florida or
   call the Key West Chamber of Commerce (305-294-2587). There is an 800
   number that one can call (800) FLA-KEYS. It is reported to be the
   Chamber of Commerce, possibly out of Key Largo, that provides
   information on all the Keys.
   You can also check out some of the commerical web sites listed in
   section 6 of this document. 
    What should I do while I am in the Keys?
   In a David Letterman Style Top 10 List:

    10. Rent a bike and ride around the island.

     9. Visit the various museums and touristy places, such as Mel Fisher's, 
        The Key West Lighthouse, East & West Martello Forts, Fort Jefferson,
        Fort Zachary Taylor, etc.

     8. Bake at the Beach During the day/Party your brains out at night on
        Duval Street.

     7. Jet Ski/Wave Runner/ParaSail/WindSurf or other similar activities.

     6. Visit famous spots, such as Margaritaville Cafe, Kelly's (Kelly
        McGillis' place), Sloppy Joes, Hemmingway House, Audubon house, etc.

     5. Take either the Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley Tour.

     4. Go Deep Sea Fishing or take another cruise/party boat.
        (Please support "Catch and Release".  If your not going to eat it,
         let it go!!)

     3. Scuba/Snorkel at the Reef
        (Remember... Look, don't touch!!!!)

     2. Sunset at Mallory Square
        (This is an ABSOLUTE MUST!!  You miss this, you've missed Key West,
         and best of all.... It's Free!!!!!)

     1. Rest and Relax.

   No matter what you do, when you get here, park your car, and rent a a
   Scooter or bicycle. There is little or no parking downtown, and
   parking can even be hard to find at the beaches. You will get where
   you are going just as fast, and you won't have parking problems.
    Besides JB, who are some other celebrities in Key West? (and the Keys)
   Since I suspect that famous people like privacy, addresses will not be
   given out. Besides JB, Kelly McGillis owns a restaurant called
   Kelly's. Madonna supposedly owns property in Key West. Dennis Conner's
   "Stars and Stripes" runs daily cruises out of Lands End Marina. Dan
   Marino is trying to bring a sports bar to Key West. Other famous
   people include Boog Powell, Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn, Jim Neighbors,
   and the late John Hersey.
    What/When is Fantasy Fest?
   Fantasy Fest is an annual festival held in the streets and
   establishments of Key West. The Festival is best described as Key
   West's Mardi Gras. There are parades, wild costumes (to no costumes),
   music, dancing in the streets and so on. Fantasy Fest is held the last
   week of October, with the main events happening on Friday and Saturday
   of Halloween Week. Each year the Fest has a theme. The 1995 Fantasy
   Fest was held Oct 22 - Oct 28. The 1995 theme was "Tinseltown Dreams
   ... Lights, Camera, Fantasy" which drew another large crowd. Over
   50,000 people showed up for the Saturday evening parade. The 1996
   theme is "Call of the Wild". 
   The 1994 Fantasy Fest lived up to everyone's expectations. The
   estimate for the Twilight Fantasy Parade was over 55,000 people lining
   Duval and Whitehead. The crowd was the densest between Sloppy Joe's
   and Maragritaville with some locations so packed with people that the
   float that I was walking with had trouble getting down the street.
   Fantasy Fest is protected by trademark and is the property of the Key
   West ATD and is used with permission.  
5. Important Addresses and Phone Numbers

   The Key West Chamber of Commerce 
   Old Mallory Square 
   Key West, FL 33040 
   (305) 294-2587 
   (800) FLA-KEYS (maybe Key Largo, but covers all the Keys)
   The Key West Citizen (Newspaper) 
   3420 Northside Dr. 
   Key West, FL 33040 
   (305) 294-6641 
6. Electronic Key West

    Overview of Electronic Key West
   Key West, for being a back water community is rapidly grasping the
   information age. At last count, over 200 America Online subscribers
   had stuck the words Key West in their profiles. This represents a
   small amount of the folks in Key West with some form of net access.
   The biggest boom of recent has been web access. More and more Key West
   information is appearing on the web (whats new...)
   Between the ever growing popularity of the net and online services,
   Key West is growing along with it. Cable is promising 500 channels of
   digital interactive TV to Key West by 1996. The Monroe county
   goverment is moving to using technology to manage the county,
   including video conferencing.
    Key West and its outer spoke on the Web
   Key West and the Keys has started appearing more frequently on the
   Web. Here is a list of Web Sites that you can browse for more
   information about our little get-away.
   Editorial In fact, this boom of Key West Information on the web has
   gotten too big to keep track of. There are probably one or two new
   entries in the Yahoo What's New each week. Many of them are via one
   one of the links below, such as Discover Key West. So I will add major
   sites, and unique sites in the future, but putting every hotel and bar
   in here as they come up will be a real pain.
   Key West Paradise 
          This sight is rapidly growing and is probably the best source
          of information for visitors to the keys. 
   Discover:Key West 
          This site is a very good site for vistors to get information
          about Key West, places to stay, places to eat, etc. 
          This is a Jimmy Buffett FAQ, so I better include a link to
   Parrot Head Weddings 
          Want to get married? Want a JB flavor to it? Check out this
          Brooks White, author of in the Solaris Hill Newspaper has an
          electronic version of his column available. 
   Key West, FL Frequently Asked Questions w/Answers 
          This document is of course avaiable via the WWW. It can be
          found on several other web sites. 
   Jimmy Buffet Page 
          This was the first page to offer the Key West FAQ and is an
          execellent page on JB. 
   The Guide to South Florida 
          Information Guide for South Florida, and another home of this
   Barefoot Bob's 
          This is a fun loving bar with a strong Greatful Dead influence.
   Adios Charters, Marathon 
          Charter your own fishing excursion from the Web 
   Historic and Geographic Information about the Keys (nicely done) 
   Florida Internet Commerce Center 
          Not a lot yet, but has good potential. 
          Probably the best site to check for information about places to
          stay while you are here. 
   Cyberspace to Paradise 
          This page contains info on the Keys. Its kinda new, but will be
          a cool page. 
   Key Net 
          Key Wests first public web server and Internet Service/Presense
   The Complete Key West Vacation Guide 
   America Online/Travel/Destination Florida/Florida Keys 
          Keyword: The Keys 
          While not a web site, it is still of electronic interest. 
    Gotta check your e-mail on vacation eh?
   Ok, so you couldn't leave that lap-top at home. Had ta come to
   paradise and drag your work problems with you. Well, I suppose I can
   help ya reach the real world. Don't know why you wanna though....
   Key West has two data network providers. Tymnet and CompuServe. Tymnet
   has both 9600 bps and 2400 bps speeds. However, America Online
   customers can only access AOL at 2400 baud from Key West. CompuServe
   has recently added dial up service at 1200, 2400, 9600, 14,400, and
   28,800 bps in Key West. CIS also offers Internet access via PPP,
   though you do have to have a CIS account to access it. Prodigy is also
   accessable via the Tymenet numbers. 
   As of Jan 15, 1996, BellSouth has graciously given Key's residents and
   business a big gift. For resident lines, all calls to Miami are 25
   cents, regardless of call length or time of day. Business rates still
   acrue by the minute, but at a greatly reduced rate. This means you can
   reach service providers in Miami for a quarter a call. Now to get that
   ISDN line...
   The Numbers are:
     * (AOL) Tymnet 2400 -- 294-1573 
     * CompuServe 1200/2400 -- 294-4516 
     * CompuServe 2400/9600/14,400/28,800 -- 294-5979 
    Information Superhighway... Heard of the Seven Mile Bridge?
   [Rob removes the Shark Fin Hat, w/ beer cans, sits down his now empty
   Margarita, pulls a strand of Fiber Optic cable out of his pocket. He
   begins to tap his foot quickly, frustratingly shaking the end of the
   cable. You imagine that if light was actually travelling though the
   cable, it might put on a nice show.]
   154 miles to Miami. $3,800/month for a T1 (plus service). Information
   Superhighway? Yea Right. Forget the Margarita, bring me a shot of
   [He puts the fiber optic cable away, puts his shark fin hat back on,
   and slams the Tequlia shot.]
7. Key Lime Pie Recipes

   Q. Is there a recipe for Key Lime Pies?
   A. Oh yea!!! Thanks to Kim Dyer ( for her efforts
   in collecting these recipes.

    (Editor's comment:  I would REALLY recommend calling Key West Aloe
    telephone +1 305 294 5592 or 800-327-5866 and ordering some juice
    if you can't find it locally and you want to do this RIGHT.  And
    if you are actually IN the keys, you can occasionally buy REAL Key
    Limes from people selling them along the roadside.  They look like
    small, unhealthy lemons ... but taste WONDERFUL.  In a pinch you can
    use a mixture of 1/2 lemon juice 1/2 lime juice.  Not as good, but
    better then straight lime juice.)
    Low-Fat Key Lime Pie
    1 can Low Fat Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
    1 small container EggBeaters (2 eggs worth)
    1/2 cup key lime juice
    unbaked pie shell
    Combine EggBeaters and the condensed milk.  Slowly add the
    key lime juice.  Pour into prebaked pie shell. Bake at 400
    degrees for 10 minutes.
    Key West Power Squadron Key Lime Pie
    1/3 - 1/2 cup key lime juice
    4 eggs separated
    1 can (14 oz) condensed milk
    9 inch pie shell (pre-baked or graham cracker)
    Combine milk and egg yolks.  Beat with electric mixer at low
    speed.  Slowly add lime juice and continue beating until well
    blended.  Pour into pie shell.  May top with meringue or
    whipped cream and a little grated lime rind.
    Refrigerate overnight
    Key West Power Squadron - no egg Key Lime Pie
    1 can condensed milk
    1/2 cup key lime juice (approx.)
    8 oz cream cheese
    12 oz cool whip
    2 prepared pie shells (pre-baked or graham cracker)
    Blend milk and cream cheese until smooth. Add lime juice and
    mix thoroughly.  Add thawed cool whip. Pour into two pie shells.
    Garnish with grated lime rind.  Refrigerate 6 hours
    Key West Woman's Club Heavenly Lime Pie
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    1/4 tsp cream of tartar
    4 eggs, separated
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/2 cup key lime juice
    1 pint whipping cream
    Preheat oven of 275 degrees. Grease 9 inch pie tin.  Mix 1 cup
    sugar and cream of tartar.  Beat egg whites until stiff.  Add
    sugar mixture and beat until blended.  Spread mixture in pan.
    Bake in middle of the over for 1 hour.  Cool.  Beat egg yolks
    slightly with 1/2 cup sugar, lime juice and salt.  Cook over
    boiling water until very thick. Cool.  Whip cream and fold
    half of it into the lime mixture.  spread in shell. spread
    remaining cream over top.  Chill for 12 hours.
    Key West Women's Club Key Lime Pie Supreme
    1 pound butter
    4 cups sugar (plus 2 tablespoons)
    12 whole eggs
    12 separated eggs
    2 cups key lime juice
    4 baked 9" pie shells
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cream the butter and 4 cups of sugar.
    Add 12 whole eggs and 12 egg yolks, 1 at a time.  beat until smooth.
    Add the lime juice.  place mixture in pie shells. Bake 30-35 minutes
    until filling is firm.
    To make meringue, beat 12 room temperature egg whites with 2 table
    spoons of sugar until stiff peaks form.  Heap on pies and return to
    oven until brown.
    Key Lime Pie  (varient #1)
    A. The Pie Crust.
    For 9" crust
    1 Cup Flour (Wondra if possible)
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/3 cup & 1 tbls crisco
    mix together then add 3 tbls cold water
    keep mixing
    roll out dough on floured board, put in pie pan bake at pre heated 375
    degree oven for 10 mins or until slightly brown
    B. The Filling
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    Juice (Not from bottle) from 1 1/2 limes (Key Limes if possible)
    grate out side skin of one lime
    3 eggs
    2 tbls corn starch
    2 tbls flour
    2 cups milk (yes milk)
    1 tbls butter
    mix together then cook in double boiler not direct heat or it will burn
    keep stirring until thick, about 20 - 25 mins.
    C. now the Merange
    start with 2 tbls sugar
    1 tbls corn starch
    1/2 cup water
    cook on direct heat until it thickens and gets clear
    set aside to cool
    3 egg whites
    3 tbls sugar
    1/2 tsp cream of tartar
    beat on high until smooth then add the stuff from above you set aside
    beat some more on high until fluffy
    NOW: Put pie filling in pie crust, put merange on pie bake at 300 degress
    for 10 mins then at 350 until merange browns
    Take out cool and enjoy.
    Key Lime Pie (varient #2)
    4 whole, large eggs - separated
    14 oz condensed milk
    1/2 cup key lime juice
    2 teaspoons sugar
    1/3 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 9 inch pie crust
    Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Beat the yolks in a bowl until
    thick.  Add condensed milk and beat until blended.  Add lime
    juice slowly, mixing well.  Pour custard into pie shell.
    Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.  Add sugar and cream
    of tartar.  Spread meringue on custard.  Bake 15 minutes or
    until golden brown.
    Key Lime Pie (varient #3)
    1 teaspoon unflavored geletin
    1/2 cup Key lime juice
    2 eggs, separated
    1 tablespoon sugar
    14 oz condensed milk
    1 9" baked pie shell
    Dissolve geletin in lime juice.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg
    yolks and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar until lemon colored.  All the
    geletin mixture and condensed milk.  beat well. In glass or
    metal bowl beat the egg whites and 1/2 tablespoon sugar.  Folk egg
    whites into egg yolk mixture. Pour into baked pie shell.  Chill.
    Sprinkle with grated lime peel if desired.
    Key Lime Pie (varient #4)
    1 tablespoon unflavored geletin
    1/2 cup cold water
    4 eggs, separated
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup lime juice
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tablespoons Angostura bitters
    grated peel of one lime
    1 9" pie shell - baked
    whipped cream for topping
    Place geletin in the cold water and let dissolve.  In separate bowl
    beat together egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, lime juice and salt. Cook
    in double boiler until mixture coats a spoon.  Remove from heat.
    Add geletin mixture.  Add bitters and lime peel. mix until thick.
    beat egg whites and 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form.  fold
    into egg mixture.  Pour into baked pie crust.  Chill.  Spread
    with whipped cream before serving.
    Key Lime Pie (varient #5)
    3 eggs, separated
    14 oz condensed milk
    1/2 cup key lime juice
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1 9" baked pie crust
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Beat together egg yolks and
    condensed milk.  Add lime juice and beat until smooth. Pour
    the mixture into baked crust.  To make meringue, beat the
    egg whites until stiff but not dry.  Add the sugar, beating
    constantly.  Swirl on the top of lime custard.  Bake until
    meringue is golden brown.
    Key Lime Pie (varient #6)
    4 eggs, separated
    1 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon gelatin
         (dissolved in 1/2 cup ice water)
    1/2 cup lime juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 baked 9" pie crust
    Beat egg yolks until thick, add 1/2 cup sugar to eggs while beating
    slowly.  Andd salt, then lime juice, and beat well.  Cook in double
    boiler for 10 minutes or until thick.  Transfer cooked mixture to
    mixing bowl.  Add gelatin, beat for 5 minutes.
    Set aside to cool.  Beat egg white until stiff, add sugar and beat
    until you have a smooth consistency.  With a wooden fork, beat in
    egg white to the cooked mixture until all is well blended and there
    are no lumps of egg white.  Pour into a pre-baked pie shell, and
    chill in refrigerator.
    Yetta Nuther Key Lime Pie
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    This very easy custard pie originated in the Florida Keys in the 1800's
    when fresh ingredients other than the local limes were hard to come by.
    See the notes for information on some of the ingredients.
    "One 8-inch pie" "One 20-cm pie"
    "3" "eggs"
    "14 oz" "condensed milk" "400 ml"
    (one standard can)
    "4 oz" "Key Lime juice" "120 ml"
    "" "sugar"
    "1" "Graham cracker pie crust"
    Separate the eggs.
    You'll be whipping the whites, so put them in a large enough bowl.
    Combine the egg yolks, the condensed milk, and the juice, and stir
    until thoroughly combined.
    The acidity of the juice thickens the milk and eggs into a custard.
    Add a pinch of sugar to the egg whites, and beat them until
    stiff but not dry.
    Spoon the custard into the pie crust and even it out.
    Spoon the beaten egg whites on top of the custard and even it out so
    it looks pretty.
    Chill before serving.
    If you like, run the pie under a hot broiler for a minute until the egg
    whites are slightly browned.
    (This is primarily for appearance, it doesn't affect the flavor much.)
    Everybody in the Florida Keys seems to have a variant of this recipe.
    It shows up on postcards, place mats, lime juice bottles, and guide
    Some people fold a little of the beaten
    egg white into the custard to make it lighter.  Some put sweetened whipped
    cream on top rather than egg white.
    Some use two or four eggs.
    Traditionally, this pie is made from the juice of the Key lime, a small
    yellow citrus fruit quite different from the larger and more familiar
    Persian lime.
    Key limes are very sensitive to cold and in the U.S. have never been
    grown above the very southern tip of Florida.
    Bad weather and disease have killed off so many of them that
    the only remaining grove is a private one on one of the Keys, so you
    cannot buy Key lime juice in the U.S. any more.
    Key limes are still grown widely in South America and probably
    elsewhere on other continents.
    There is something called "Key West lime juice" sold in pint bottles
    which everybody uses instead now, which seems to be regular lime
    juice slightly concentrated.
    It's widely available in Florida and occasionally elsewhere in the U.S.
    It's also available via mail order from Key West Aloe,
    telephone +1 305 294 5592 or 800-327-5866.
    In a pinch, you can substitute regular lime juice, though it doesn't
    produce quite the bright yellow custard that traditionalists like.
    You may have to use extra juice, because Persian limes are less
    acidic than Key limes.
    1/2 of 15-ounce package all ready pie crusts
    1 teaspoon flour
    1 envelope Unflavored gelatin
    1/2 cup lime juice
    1 cup sugar
    2 eggs, beaten
    2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese softened
    1/4 cup (1/2 Stick) butter or margarine, softened
    1 cup whipping cream
    1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
    Whipping cream, whipped, sweetened
    Lime slices
    Prepare pie crust with flour according to package directions for
    unfilled one-crust pie using 9-inch pie pan (See Note). Generously
    prick crust with fork.  Bake in preheated 450-degree oven 9 to 11
    minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
    To make filling, in small saucepan, soften gelatin in lime juice
    5 minutes.  Blend in sugar and eggs. Over medium heat, bring mixture
    to a boil. Reduce heat. Boil gently 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
    In small bowl, combine cream cheese and butter; beat well. Pour in
    hot lime juice mixture; beat until smooth and well blended.
    Refrigerate until cool, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    In medum bowl, beat 1 cup whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
    Fold in cooled lime juice mixture and lime peel.  Spoon into cooled
    pie crust. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.  Garnish with
    whipped cream and lime slices. Store in refrigerator.
    Makes 8 to 10 servings.
    NOTE: To form starburst design, trim dough even with edge of pan.
    Cut dough at about 1/2-inch intervals all around edges, making each
    cut 1/2 inch long. Fold each square in half diagonally to form a
    triangle, pressing lightly into dough to seal.
    Key Lime Cheesecake
    1 1/4 c  Graham Cracker Crumbs               2 T  Sugar
      1/4 c  Butter or margarine, melted         1 t  Grated Lime Rind
        3 pk Softened Cream Cheese (8 oz)      3/4 c  Sugar
        3 ea Eggs                                1 T  Grated lime rind
      1/4 c  Key Lime Juice                      1 t  Vanilla Extract
        2 c  Sour Cream                          3 T  Sugar
        1 ea Fresh Strawberries (Optional        1 ea Lime slices (Optional)
    Combine crust ingredients and stir well.  Press crumb mixture evenly over
    bottom and up sides of a 9-inch springform pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5
    to 6 minutes.  Let cool.
       Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy; gradually add 3/4 cup sugar,
    beating well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    Stir in lime rind, juice and vanilla.  Pour mixture into prepared pan.
    Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until set.
       Combine sour cream and 3 tablespoons sugar; stir well and spread evenly
    over cheesecake.  Bake at 500 degrees for 5 minutes.  Let cool to room
    temperature on a wire rack; chill at least 8 hours.  To serve, carefully
    remove sides of springform pan.  If desired, garnish with strawberries and
    lime slices.  Yield: one 9-inch cheesecake.
    Key Lime Cheesecake #2
    1 8-ounce package cream cheese
    1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
    1 12-ounce container of frozen whipped topping, thawed
    1 cup fresh lime juice (about 5 limes)
    1 baked 9-inch pie shell
    Lime slices and fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
    In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and
    whipped topping. Stir in the lime juice until blended and mixture is thick
    and smooth. Immediately pour lime filling into pie shell. Pie can be served
    at once, but for best flavor, chill for about 2 hours. Garnish with fresh
    lime slices and fresh mint leaves if desired.

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