I Went on a Key Lime Pie Road Trip with My Dad — Road Trips for Food-Lovers

After months of deliberation, my father and I finally settled on the Florida Keys for our long-overdue father-daughter trip. The decision was primarily made due to its neutral proximity for us flying in from opposite coasts. Plus, it was just a place both of us had always wanted to go.

Our route would take us roughly 100 miles from Key Largo to Kew West via US 1, aka the Overseas Highway. This iconic two-lane road with 42 (!!!) bridges is one of the most scenic: Imagine limestone islets, working docks and marinas, and the most beautiful shades of aqua marine water you've ever seen.

It is also one of the most delicious — so long as you love key lime pie. It is almost impossible to drive this route and not notice the plethora of signs and stores selling key lime products, every single one of which touts their pie as either "The Best Key Lime Pie," or "The Original Key Lime Pie."


How To Make Any Fruit Galette — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Everyone makes beautiful galettes. That's because this rustic summer dessert is as simple as pastry dough wrapped around fresh fruit. Much like making a fruit pie, but with quite a bit less effort, turning summer fruit into a galette will make you feel like a home-cook hero. You'll still get the same toothsome, flay crust and tender filling of pie, but without all the fuss and worry over torn dough.

Now, there are a few pie-making rules that will help you make the most gorgeous and scrumptious galette of this summer, but don't worry — we'll tell you about all those too, so you can make this stone fruit stunner whenever the craving strikes.


Recipe: Tomato and Feta Galette — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Now that the first really good tomatoes of summer are showing up at farmers markets, I think we should all add a "tomato night" to our meal plans. And to get you started, I recommend this stunning galette because it is the most delicious way to eat tomatoes and cheese for dinner. It partners sweet tomatoes with woodsy thyme and creamy feta, then wraps it up with a buttery, flaky crust for a rustic, free-form pie that's easy enough to pull together even when you don't really feel like cooking.


Recipe: Strawberry Slab Pie — Strawberries: A Field Guide

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Strawberries don't have to work very hard to earn a place as one of our favorite berries of summer. They are the first to arrive, tend to be the most affordable, and really know how to work the spotlight with very little help. So when you're ready to take your fresh munching to the next level, make this slab pie dreamed up by cookbook author Yossy Arefi.


How To Make Banoffee Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Banoffee pie, as in "banana toffee pie," strikes an amusing balance between buttery rich sweetness and everyday fruit flavors. This playfulness is exactly what makes it extraordinary. This no-bake pie cuts into a buttery cookie crust full of a creamy brown sugar-flavored toffee filling. Just try saying that three times fast! Topping the sumptuous toffee filling with seemingly ordinary bananas and barely sweetened whipped cream brings balance back to every bite. Be assured this is still one seriously sweet dessert, but one that leaves a wake of ardent admirers in its wake.

Learn how to whip up a picture-perfect crumb crust and a sweet toffee filling, and make the best banoffee pie you'll ever have with this recipe.


How To Make Kentucky Bourbon and Walnut Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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This bourbon-spiked, chocolate and walnut pie (aka we-can't-call-it-Derby-pie pie) may well be the most controversial pie in the history of Kentucky. And controversy — and a lawsuit or two— has made this pie a part of Kentucky history. So eating a piece of this pie, you might say, is like eating a piece of history.

But we'd argue that this pie isn't just famous because of some back and forth over a name. This pie is famous because it's a downright delicious dessert that's easy to whip up and pretty as you please to look at — especially with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream on top. Try it and let us know if you agree.


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