I say yet again…. weird, weird weather. May in Kentucky and it’s in the mid 50’s and we had to turn the heat on last night! Some of our area got frost and it attacked my Basil the other night and killed off the tips of all the leaves. I am pretty sure we can give up on the idea of fruit from our trees AGAIN this year due to the weather. Le Sigh.
But I will (she says yet again) NOT give up on warm weather cooking and eating. I have always said that I was a person who didn’t cook according to the season, that if I wanted pumpkin in July, I was having pumpkin in July and enjoying it. And while this is true, I am coming to realize that even I, much as I hate to be normal :-p, do tend to cook according to the seasons. Maybe it’s genetically hardwired in us to do that, since we were all hunter-gatherers at one time. We have the luxury of doing what we want cooking wise, because we were blessed to be born into bodies living in developed countries, but there is still something that makes us want to use that fresh stuff while it’s there.
Ok, enough waxing philosophical. Let’s get to the food.
I have a thing for limes. I absolutely HATE fake lime flavor, such as that found in candy, but I love the flavor and scent of real lime. When I use it, I’m convinced it’s my favorite citrus. But then again, I do the same when I use lemons or oranges hehe.
This dip is awesome. My husband, who has some sort of sensory issue with creamy foods, couldn’t stop eating it. He totally loved it. I did also of course…. it’s lime, it’s rich, it’s creamy and I’m me; need I say more? 😀 The kids loved it too, so this was a hit all around. This is simple to make. Just beat, beat more, spoon into a serving bowl and there ya go. You can serve this with whatever dippers you want; I used vanilla wafers, graham crackers and sliced up marshmallows. Let it sit out at room temp for a bit to soften. It’s fine cold but harder to scoop up.
You know the drill…. 🙂
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Key Lime Pie Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
- zest of 5 key limes (or 2 regular; about 2 tablespoons zest)
- 2 tablespoons key lime juice (or 3 tablespoons regular lime juice)
- 1/2 teaspoon lime oil (optional, but adds a nice zing)
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon lime kool-aid (again; optional, but it adds the cute green color and a good amount of tang and c’mon, it costs 20 cents at wal mart :-p )
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat at medium speed until it is smooth and creamy.
- Add in the zest, juice, lime oil and kool aid. Beat well.
- Add the powdered sugar and beat at low speed until mixture is fluffy.
- Spoon into a serving bowl. Top with the graham cracker crumbs. Chill for about 45 minutes minimum. It can be chilled longer, but make sure you let it sit out for 30 minutes or so just to soften a little bit.
- Serve with dippers of choice.
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Oooh, this with vanilla wafers? So good! Seriously sounds so refreshing right now in the midst of this heat wave here in CA. Thanks!