Father’s Day Feature Dessert of the Week: Sam’s Chowder House “Key Lime Pie”



_DSC7656RESIZED 2500x1500If you drive along Highway One on the Coastside, you will invariably get stuck in traffic as you near Sam’s Chowder House.  In fact, this oceanside restaurant has become so popular that the County had to widen the road and create an extra lane, just to decongest the line up of cars waiting to turn into Sam’s parking lot!

But, anyone who’s ever dined at Sam’s can now appreciate the double lanes by this favorite Coastside hangout.  Who could resist great food, awesome Pillar Point Harbor views, spectacular Pacific sunsets, and an upbeat relaxed atmosphere – all of which shouts “Coastside”!  (Disclosure: I do NOT work for Sam’s.)




So, for Father’s Day, I am excited to dedicate this week’s feature dessert to this iconic restaurant’s “Key Lime Pie“.  It is a dessert worth a little wait in traffic, and one whose recipe is included in our book, “Coffee & Dessert on The Coastside“.

If your Dad loves sweet and tart, and the freshness of lime, his salivary glands will be in for an irresistible work-out!




Sam’s Chowder House Key Lime Pie Recipe:


2 cans (14oz x2) condensed milk

1 cup lime juice

6 egg yolks (use egg whites for meringue below)



3 cups Graham cracker crumbs

1 cup melted butter

½ cup powdered sugar


6 egg whites

1¼ cups granulated sugar

*Require one 9” pie plate

*Preheat to 350°F

For the crust, mix Graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and melted butter in a bowl until well combined.  Then, press the mixture evenly onto the bottom and up side of a 9” pie plate.  Bake the crust in middle of oven for 10 minutes.  Cool in pie plate on a rack.

To make the filling, whisk condensed milk and egg yolks in a bowl.  Add lime juice and whisk until mixture is slightly thickened and well combined.  Pour filling into cooled crust and bake for 15 minutes.  Cool pie completely on rack, then chill overnight.

For the meringue, bring a pot of water to low boil.  Place the egg whites and granulated sugar in a stainless steel bowl and whisk together over hot water bath.  This dissolves the sugar.  Using a stand-up mixer, whisk the mixture until fluffy (about 15 minutes). Spread the topping on the pie.  Use a propane torch, or place pie toward the top of a broiler for less than a minute until just browned. And voila!


A Pie with a View

 Bon Appetit!


Sam’s Picturesque View of Pillar Point Harbor 



Happy Father’s Day!

PHC, Moss Beach Productions







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This week is exciting as we unveil the long-awaited “Coffee & Dessert on The Coastside” to you.  It has been a year and a bit since we began this project to pay tribute to where we live.  It has truly been a labour of love for all of us here at Moss Beach Productions, and we hope you will be pleased with the results!

If you have a moment, take a little time to peruse the content of this site.  If you are on the Coastside, come into one of the select retailers and touch, feel, and see a sample copy of our book.  We know that once you have held this 5.5 lbs, hardcover, high quality production printed in Verona, Italy, you will also fall in love with this book, as those who have already seen it.  This book is truly a memento of this Coastside, and we are proud that we have made it a reality for you.


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(Click Book Photo if you wish to buy a copy.) 

COFF DESS BOOK 04.10.14 - vers 1 linked to TIFF 56“As is true for chocolate chip cookies, it is doubly so for brownies.  Some love a cakey one, while others prefer them more gooey.  Which do you prefer?” 

…Excerpt from Book

Take a trip down our Coastside…

Just beyond The Tunnel, winding past Devil’s Slide, a quaint community awaits.  This book is a visual and gastronomic tribute to the beauty that lies along this dramatic Pacific coastline.  

What better place to stop a while, savor a cup of coffee, and a morsel of dessert? Maybe you, too, will fall in love with our Coastside.

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We are well under way to release our Book, “Coffee & Dessert on The Coastside” before the July 4th weekend!  Our books arrived early from our printers in Italy, made it through customs in New York, and were delivered by a very nice chap from the trucking company!

For those of you who are already aware, this has been a long-awaited, year-long effort, and we are so happy that we can finally release this photographic and gastronomic salute to the Coastside!

This week is very busy, dropping off books to our participating local restaurants, hotels, and bookstore, so that they can make our book available to those who want to experience a piece of this Coast.  I very much want to thank these businesses for all their support for this project!  It would not mean the same without all their help.

With half the year already over (I still can’t believe it is 2014!), we welcome the second half, as there is always something on the horizon, just beyond the present.  For us here at Moss Beach Productions, we celebrate the public unveiling of our book with the commemoration of our country’s 224th birthday.  We feel honored to have timed our event with this important day.

And, thanks to Harbor Village Farmers’ market, COFF DESS BOOK 04.10.14 - vers 1 linked to TIFF 75we will be on-site at the Oceano Hotel & Spa’s parking lot this Sunday, July 6th, to show everyone our book.  So, I hope to meet you there!

For this special week, we are posting a couple of “Feature Desserts of the Week”.

And, we begin with a festive and cheery one, called “All About Yellow Lemon Parfait”. This is my version of a wonderfully sumptuous Lemon Parfait, which I absolutely love.  The inspiration for this indulgence is the one and only Meyer Lemon Parfait served at one of my favorite restaurants in Half Moon Bay.  Since I did not have a chance to ask permission from the owner to mention their place’s name, all I will say is that if ever you go to dine at this local popular Italian restaurant on Main Street, you must try this perfect Parfait!

In the meanwhile, take a look at my version of this lemony pleasure.  Although it is only _DSC9318digital, I think the photos speak for this dessert’s very yellow, sweet-and-tart refreshing taste.

Since this week is a momentous time for us, we will feature a second dessert on the weekend.  It is even more decadent than our “All About Yellow Lemon Parfait”, and comes from a very good friend who never disappoints with her recipes!  So, don’t forget to check back later this week.

Special July 4th Dessert of the Week

Special July 4th Dessert of the Week

These two delicious desserts did not make it into our book, but if you love food photography, baking, have a sweet tooth, and of course, pictures of ocean, nature, and the Coast, you may want to take a peak inside our “Coffee & Dessert on The Coastside”, or also our Book Preview Video.  Our book is now available at select local retailers.  For those who don’t live in the Bay Area, or on the Coastside, you can buy it here, as well as at www.Amazon.com.

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We appreciate your interest in our book and photographs, and thank you for visiting our site.


Cheers!  Happy Fourth of July!

PHC & Moss Beach Productions Crew

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