Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Pie with Zest, Swirls and Graham Cracker Crust

Perfection for a hot 4th of July party!

It may be a sin to mess with a classic … I know! But I love limes and wanted to deepen the taste of the key lime in the pie. So mess away I did! I started by adding lots of lime zest to the filling and the graham cracker crust. Absolutely love the fleck of green in the filling!

But, as we know, presentation often is everything. So, this year, I pushed the graham cracker crust up high in a spring form pan so that once the pie was finished the crust would rise jaggedly above the filling. Then, I marbled the filling for that extra wow factor. Please let me know what you think!

Ingredients for 9″ graham cracker pie crust:

15 graham crackers (each 3 by 5 inches), broken

1⁄3 c. packed brown sugar

6 T. unsalted butter, melted, (plus more, room temperature to grease the pan)

Zest of 1 lime, finely grated, plus 1 T. fresh juice

1 ¼ t. kosher salt

Ingredients for Key Lime Filling:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks, whites not used.

1/2 c. Nellie & Joe’s key west lime juice

2-3 lg. limes for zest and garnish slices

Whipped cream or meringue

Directions for the crust:

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until finely ground. Add butter, granulated sugar, lime zest and juice, and salt; pulse until combined. Press crumbs evenly onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ spring form pan.

It is a beautiful effect to allow the crust to rise higher than the filling.

Directions for the Pie Filling:

Combine milk, egg yolks and lime juice and the zest of the limes. Blend until smooth. (Pieces of zest should be visible.)

Now you can pour the filling into the graham cracker crust for the classic key lime pie (and skip the next two paragraphs)…

…but, if you want to make it “fancy” and are not adverse to adding a little food color, you can make marble-like swirls in the pie. To do so, measure out 1/4 to 1/3 c. and tint that small separated portion, then pour the rest of the filling into the graham cracker crust.

Take the small portioned bowl of the filling and tint it with very small drops of green and yellow food coloring. (The goal is to create a lime green hue.) Start very small and add as you go.

Once you are happy with the tint, you can start to marble the plain filling in the crust with the tinted lime curd. Gently place unequal spoonfuls of the green tinted curd (in no particular fashion) on top of the plain filling batter, leaving some areas plain. Use a skewer or butter knife to gently and lightly swirl the plain and tinted mixtures together to create a marbled effect.

Bake at 350º for 15 min. Allow to stand 10 min. or longer to cool. Refrigerate to ice cold. Just before serving, top with freshly whipped cream, or meringue, and garnish with lime slices.

Hot Crab Meatball appetizer from Smith Bros. Fish Shanty Restaurant, Port Washington, Wis.

This 1977 recipe was shared with the Milwaukee Journal from the famous restaurant in Port Washington, Wisconsin. There is now a coffee shop and Duluth Trading Company store occupying the once large and bustling Smith Bros. Fish Shanty restaurant that served delicacies from Lake Michigan, and the oceans delicacies that came to port here via the Great Lakes.

Thankfully, the brilliant, historic neon sign with a fisherman carrying a sturgeon as large or larger than he is still shines there.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 T. butter

3 T. flour

1/2 c. chicken stock or consomme

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. white pepper

1/2 c. whipping cream

2 c. crab meat

1/2 t. finely cut tarragon

2 t. finely cut parsley

1 3 oz. can mushrooms, chopped

2 T. butter

Melt butter in saucepan and slowly stir in flour until golden brown. Stir in stock; boil 1 min. Add salt, pepper. Stir in cream slowly.

Flake crab meat, removing all fibers. Add crab tarragon, parsley and mushrooms. Let cool on a platter. Form into small balls. Refrigerate or freeze.

At cocktail time, warm the cream sauce. Then, saute’ the crab meatballs in butter or fry in deep fat. Use chafing dish and cover with cream sauce, keep warm. Serve with wooden picks. Makes 30 crab balls.

Sweet and Sour Brisket

This is a classic and extremely delicious Jewish Kosher dish, and definitely where Jewish cooking influences Polish cooking. This tangy tomato topped brisket is so elegant when served thinly sliced on a tray. It is unbelievably easy to prepare and just melts in a bite! Mom made this for my daughter’s baptism.

Ingredients:
1 c. water
1 c. ketchup
1/2 c. vinegar
2 lg. onions , diced
cl. garlic, minced
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 T Kosher salt
4 lbs. beef brisket, trimmed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine water, ketchup, vinegar, onions, garlic, brown sugar and Kosher salt in a bowl. Place the brisket in a large baking dish, pouring the ketchup mixture over the brisket. Cover (I use parchment rather than foil) and cook in the oven for 4 hours.

Remove brisket from oven, carefully release steam,and let sit 10 min. before slicing. (Or, if preparing the day ahead, refrigerate. On the day of the party, warm, then slice.)

Aunt Joan Moore’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

No family party was complete without my Aunt Joan’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake. My Aunt Joan was an amazing lady, cook, seamstress, professional and so much fun. I still have my 40+ year-old Communion dress she made for me!

I have to check with her daughter Jeannie, but I believe this may be her recipe.
 

Ingredients:

1 lg. can of sl. Hawaiian Pineapple

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1/2 c. butter

1 c. sugar

2 eggs, separated

1/2 c. milk

2 T. butter

1 c. of brown sugar

Maraschino cherries

Directions:

Drain the juice from 1 lg. can of sl. Hawaiian Pineapple. Sift 2 c. flour. Sift again with 2 t. baking powder and 1/2 t. salt. Cream 1/2 c. butter, gradually add 1 c. sugar; cream well.

Beat yolks and whites of 2 eggs separately.  Add yolks to creamed mixture; mix well, then add flour and 1/2 c. milk alternately, mixing well.

Fold the 2 beaten egg whites and 1 t. vanilla.

Melt 2 T. butter in large frying pan. Spread 1 c. of brown sugar over pan.
Lay slices of on top of the sugar and garnish the centers of each pineapple ring with a Maraschino cherry. Pour the cake batter on top of the fruit.

Bake 45 min. at 350 degrees.

Zwiebelkuchen from Boder’s On-The-River

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zwiebelkuchen — a delicious onion pie reminiscent of quiche, but not nearly so eggy.

Zwiebelkuchen Crust

1 c. flour

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. sugar

8 T. butter, chilled

2 T. milk

Sift flour, salt and sugar into bowl. Cut in butter as for pie crust. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, mixing only until dough holds together. Shape into ball, wrap in wax paper and chill one full hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough and ease into lightly floured 9″ pie plate. Flute edge. Chill 30 min. Line shell with foil. Bake 6 min., remove foil and bake 6-8 min. more until light brown. Cool on rack. Turn oven to 375 degrees.

Filling:

3 sl. bacon cut into small pieces

1 1/2 c. chopped onion

1 egg plus 1 yolk, beaten

1 c. sour cream

1/4 t. salt

Dash of pepper

1/2 t. chopped chives

1 t. caraway seeds

Fry bacon until crisp. Remove from grease and drain on a paper towel. Saute onions in bacon grease until soft; remove with slotted spoon. Combine onions and bacon with all remaining ingredients except caraway seeds. Place mixture in crust. Sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake until set, about 25 min. Serve warm. Appetizers for 8.

Marshall Field’s German Coffee Cake

All thanks and credit Lost Recipes Found at https://lostrecipesfound.com/german-chocolate-cake-marshall-fields/#more-455, where the site notes: “If there is a body of recipes Chicagoan’s miss most, it’s those from Marshall Field’s. So many people have written in search of this or that beloved dish. I’ve tracked down several of the recipes and done the math and tweaking to convert them from high-volume quantities to home-cook versions. This cake is a beautiful testament to just how good Marshall Field’s kitchen recipes were.”
Ingredients:
4 oz. Bakers German Sweet Chocolate
1/2 c. boiling water
2 1/2 c. sifted cake flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. butter or margarine
2 c. sugar
4 egg yolks, unbeaten
1 t. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Topping/Filling:
2 c. butter
1 3/4 c. sugar
4 1/2 T. flour
8 egg yolks
2 c. evaporated milk
3 c. toasted pecans, chopped
4 c. flaked coconut

Instructions:
Melt chocolate in microwave at 50% power. Mix with boiling water. Cool.

Sift cake flour, soda and salt together. Cream margarine, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy–about 3 min. at medium speed. Add egg yolks a little at a time, beating after each. Add melted chocolate. Blend. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk, starting with dry ingredients and blending after each addition. Mix 1 min. with medium speed mixer.

Beat egg whites until stiff, fold into batter. Pour into 4, greased 9″ cake pans. Bake 350 degrees for 24 to 35 min., or until done.

Frosting/filling: Melt butter. Add sugar and flour, whisking constantly until boiling. Add 1/4 of the evaporated milk to the egg yolks. Set aside. Add the rest of the milk to the butter mixture. Whisking constantly, heat to boiling. Add egg yolks/evaporated milk mixture, still whisking. Boil again. Press through sieve to remove any bits of cooked egg. Stir in pecans and coconut. Cool. Spread on and in-between layers of cake.

Marshall Field’s Frango Mint Cheesecake

lostpastremembered: Frango Mint Ice Cream Pie at Marshall Field & Co.
Photos at The Walnut Room - American Restaurant in Chicago

Ingredients
Crust
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1⁄4 c. sugar
1⁄4 c. melted butter
Filling
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1⁄3 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 T. cream
12 Frango mints, melted (about 1/3 lb. box)
Top
1c. sour cream
3 T. sugar
1⁄4 t. vanilla extract

Directions
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Pat evenly into bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.
Bake at 350ºF for 5 min.
Filling: Mix cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Mix in the eggs one at a time. Then the cream, then the melted Frango mints until very smooth.
Pour into baked crust. Bake at 350ºF for 25 min. or until it’s just firm.
Topping: Mix sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Spread over the baked cheesecake. Bake 3-5 min. more
Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Marshall Field’s Blueberry Blue Cheese Chicken Salad

From the Marshall Field’s Cookbook.

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Thanks and credit to the Culinary Cellar https://theculinarycellar.com/the-marshall-fields-cookbook/?ref=tfrecipes who notes that in 1890 Marshall Field’s was the first department store in the country to serve food. It did, and so eloquently.

Ingredients
Dressing:
2 t. Dijon mustard
2 T. minced shallot
2 T. honey
3 T. lime juice
1 t. salt
½ t. black pepper
1 T. minced fresh rosemary.
¼ c olive oil

Salad ingredients:
3 c. cooked chicken, in bite-sized pieces
1 Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, in ¼” slices
1-1/2 c. green grapes, halved
1-1/2 c. fresh blueberries
½ c. chopped toasted walnuts or hazelnuts
½ c. crumbled blue cheese

Preparation:
Dressing: Whisk dressing ingredients except olive oil. Slowly whisk in olive oil to make an emulsion.
Salad: Combine salad ingredients and pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat thoroughly. Serves 6.

Fox and Hounds Cheese Dip for a crowd

Ingredients:

15 lbs. Bakers cheese, 2 10 oz. cans Durkees sauce, 2-3 quarts half and half (or 4 14 oz. cans of evaporated milk), 1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 c. msg, 1/2 c. garlic salt, 1/2 c. Zestful seasoning, 1/8 c. white pepper, 1 7 oz. can chopped pimentos, 2 handfuls of chives, 1/4 c. salt.

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and chill.

Frenchy’s Restaurant Shrimp Denise

Shrimp Denise

Frenchy’s was run by Paul LaPointe, at 1901 E. North Ave. in Milwaukee. This shrimp recipe was slightly adapted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from a recipe shared by Paul Reggie La Pointe, son of Frenchy’s owner and chef, the late Paul La Pointe. He says it is named for his sister and was once listed the menu for $4.

La Pointe suggests using colossal shrimp. “Like all wonderful food, presentation is also important. Wrapping the shrimp in the bacon takes a little practice, but even if it isn’t esthetic, it is still very tasty!”

{Trumpeterhill is on the lookout for other Frenchy recipes for King Crab Reggie, Coquilles St. Jacques, baked pompano en papillote, English lamb chop, “cut to double thickness across the back of a spring lamb, boned and rolled around a lamb kidney, then wrapped in hickory smoked bacon and broiled”.

This recipe is for 4.

Directions:

Shrimp Denise butter:
2 cloves garlic, finely crushed
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons A-1 steak sauce
½ teaspoon MSG (optional)
½ teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
 
12 very large shrimp (4 to 6 count)
12 (5-inch) strips of bacon
1 ½ cups (raw) wild rice, cooked and drained
Fresh parsley for garnish

Make shrimp Denise butter: Knead crushed garlic, Worcestershire sauce, A-1 sauce, MSG and all-purpose seasoning into the butter. Mold butter into a loaf and wrap it in wax paper. Keep butter very cold in refrigerator until ready for use.

Split shrimp down the back halfway through. Stuff the slit with a slice of Shrimp Denise butter and wrap with a bacon strip, fastening it with a toothpick.

Put the wild rice, cooked and drained, in a long casserole. Broil the shrimp separately for 2 minutes. Turn off broiler and set oven temperature at 350 degrees.

Arrange shrimp in rows over the rice. Place entire dish in oven for 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve. Serve what remains of the butter separately on the hot rice.

The Pfister English Room Pork and Lobster a la Bombay

Frank Bonfiglio, Maitre d'Hotel, the English Room, Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee,  Wisconsin | University of Utah Marriott Library | J. Willard Marriott  Digital Library

1977 recipe, makes one serving

Ingredients:

Butter, 3 oz. pork tenderloin, 3 oz. lobster meat, 1 shallot, 2 oz. mushrooms, 1 oz. cognac, 1 oz. white wine, salt, white pepper, curry powder, Worcestershire, flour, butter, whipping cream, 1 banana fried, shredded coconut, hot cooked rice.

Directions:

Saute’ pork, shallot, mushrooms and lobster in butter. Add salt white pepper, curry, cognac, wine and Worcestershire to taste. Make a roux with flour and butter as needed to thicken mixture. Add cream as needed. Place in casserole with banana and coconut. Brown under broiler and serve with rice.

The Pfister Hotel Chicken Smoked Pasta

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2010 recipe by Chef Robert Ash and Marcus Restaurants

Ingredients:

1 l.b chicken breast (smoked, shredded)

1 lb. cooked pasta of choice al dente’

½ c. red cherry tomatoes (halved)

1 c. baby spinach (cleaned)

¼ c. fresh basil pesto

¼ c. chicken stock

3 T. fresh grated or shaved Parmesan cheese, to taste salt and pepper.

Directions:

Place olive oil in a deep sauce pan or sauté pan over medium high heat, then add spinach, chicken, tomatoes and pasta. Cook 1-2 min. Add basil pesto and enough chicken stock the thin slightly. Cook until pasta is warm and sauce has thickened slightly, pour into serving vessel and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Fresh Basil Pesto Ingredients:

2 c. fresh basil leaves packed, ½ c. fresh grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese, ½ c. extra virgin olive oil, 1/3 c. pine nuts or walnuts, 3 garlic cloves, minced, to taste salt and black pepper.

Directions:

Combine the basil, pine nuts and pulse in food processor, add garlic and pulse. Slowly add olive oil in a constant steady stream while the processor is on. Scrap down the sides with a rubber spatula, add the grated cheese and pulse again, add salt and pepper to taste.

Bruce Z’s Polish Red Borsch (BARSZCZ CZERWONY)

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My uncle Bruce’s big, meaty, delicious barszcz czerwony truly has that old-world cachet and will wonderfully impress guests. This recipe is sized for a party. (P.S. Also known as borscht, bortsch, borstch, borshtch, borsh, borshch, Ukrainian борщ)

Bruce Z’s Polish Red Borscht (BARSZCZ CZERWONY)
10 lbs. boneless chuck roast, cut into 3″ squares
2 beef soup bones
Butter or olive oil
8 lg. carrots, sliced into 1/2“ rounds
8 lg. turnips, sliced into nice size strips
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Jarlsberg Dip

This recipe swaps cheeses with the “Swiss on Rye Chips” posted on Trumpeter Hill, and is served as a dip. But you cannot beat Jarlsberg cheese!

Jarlsberg Dip
2 c. Jarlsberg Cheese
2 c. Hellman’s mayonnaise
2 c. onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine all ingredients and bake 20 min. or until golden brown. Serve hot with chips, crackers or bread.