Top Recipes I Stand By

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Recipes I know by Heart

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01 Frozen Margarita Pie

02 Instant Pot Ribs

03 Salmon Burgers

I don't own the first 2 recipes, I just believe in having crazy easy and delicious favorites. I do claim the third one, though.

Frozen Margarita Pie

The Bon Appetit recipe that kicked off my love for cooking

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Prep Time: 10 Min

1 9" Graham Cracker Pie Crust 1/2 tsp kosher salt 3/4 cup chilled heavy cream 5 limes, divided 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk 3 tbsp tequila blanco

Ready In: 2-24 HR 


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I found this recipe in the summer issue of a Bon Appetit magazine and have made it a few dozen times since then. This particular issue had an ad for the Chicago Gourmet, a food festival I surprised Emily with on our 2nd wedding anniversary. Little did we know that...

Step 1

Cut 4 limes in half and juice into a mixing bowl. Whisk in 14. oz. condensed milk, 3 tbsp. tequila and 1/4 tsp. salt to taste until smooth.

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Little did we know that we would run into flight delays resulting in an unscheduled stop in Ohio. After getting back on track I realized I made a mistake on the hotel...

Step 2

Whisk 3/4 cup heavy cream in a medium bowl until thickened. You'll get ripples and stiff peaks

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And that mistake on our hotel was excellent. I bummed some Hilton points from my dad not knowing that the Hilton Chicago was a 4 star hotel. The look on Emily's face when I saw the floor to ceiling marble columns was priceless.

Step 3

Fold half of the whipped cream into the lime juice mixture. Don't overmix. Add remaining whipped cream and fold until no streaks remain.

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The hotel messed up our booking so we got upgraded to a suite & rested for 3 short hours. The festival was everything you could hope for: they give you a tray and a wine glass and say have fun. No nickle & dime-ing, no fiddling with tickets and rations. Our favorite dishes were...

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Pour filling into pie crust. Spread gently to the edges. Zest half of the remaining lime over the pie. Freeze 8 hours & enjoy!

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Our favorite dishes were: Beef tongue tacos - a first for me. Kebab Skewers Cheesecake tarts Patron margaritas The whole pavilion called Keeping up with the Konfections

Up Next: Instant Pot Ribs

This recipe secured me a career in marketing & construction tech. It's also stupid easy to make.

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