Mr. Magpie is impressively disciplined about avoiding food waste — he will eat leftovers for days, freeze excess using his beloved vac pac system, nearly shave off his fingers on the mandolin to avoid discarding the heel of a clove of garlic, and prioritize wilting produce in the week’s menu. This is one of the many ways in which he expresses his passion for food, which, as I wrote elsewhere, reflects his attractive openness to joy.
Last week, he was humming around the house looking for a good use for the better part of a pint of really fancy heavy cream — the kind that comes in a thick glass bottle from a local creamery and costs about $10 — that had gone unused. “Whipped cream?” I suggested, unhelpfully. He turned more practically to Serious Eats and found a simple recipe for an icebox pie with only a handful of ingredients and enlisted the aid of my children in making it.
This is the perfect dessert for a hot summer gathering. It feeds a crowd, can be prepared well in advance, and calls for only four ingredients. Your children will delight in helping you make it, and it strikes me as something difficult to mess up. Oh, and it’s delicious. Tangy and custard-like, it’s as though key lime pie and pudding had a baby. And I love a chilled dessert. Keeps beautifully and feels so refreshing during these full-humidity D.C. days.
You might even have all of these items on hand — try it this weekend!
Serious Eats’ Lime Cracker Pie.
2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 pint heavy cream
1/2 cup lime juice plus 1 tablespoon zest from 8 limes
10 ounces (about 2 1/2 sleeves) Ritz crackers
Combine milk and heavy cream in a large bowl. Add lime juice and whisk until thickened, about 1 minute. Spread 1 cup filling on bottom of deep-dish pie plate or 11-inch oval casserole. Top with single layer of Ritz crackers. Repeat, alternating layers of filling and crackers until pie plate is full (finish with a layer of filling). Sprinkle with grated lime zest. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Serve.
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+Drooling over these wide-leg paisley trousers. Imagine with a turtleneck (<<this one looks perfect) or chunky knit for fall. SO good. My sister and I had a Barbie doll that came with a pair of pink paisley wide leg silk trousers and we always associated them with the height of fashion — we called them “Midge pants.” I’m going to need these Midge pants!
+Drawn to this “inside out” fleece sweatshirt.
+I can’t believe these woven dining chairs are only $84 apiece.
+Love the silhouette of these ankle jeans from Gap.
+While you’re there — you might also like this cute eyelet top (I saw it and immediately imagined wearing it to a concert, but when was the last time I attended a concert?) and this white eyelet button-down (!!!)
+Blaze Milano blazers are a major lust list item for me…SO good.