Oh dear me, I need to get out my feather duster for this blog. The days keep getting away from me. Yep, it's been a very busy few months and it looks like things will stay that way for awhile. I'm happy to report, that despite all the activities around here, I've donned my apron and honest-to-goodness apple pie production is back in full swing. And rightly so! Tis the season, after all. Two of my favorites this past week included a Dutch Apple pie (recipe here) and a Swedish Apple pie, recipe compliments of Kate. (Thanks again for sharing this!) I love both these pies so much, not only because they are nourishingly good, but because they're both really easy and relatively quick to throw together. If you are intimidated by making or working with pastry crust or just want to cut back on your starches, give them a whirl if you haven't already. The Dutch Apple has a bottom crust, (think frozen ready-made if you must), however, the topping is a crumbly mixture of flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, that is sprinkled over the apples instead of a top crust. The Swedish Apple pie is similar, but has no bottom pastry at all, so it's a snap to make. Kind of like a traditional apple crisp, but with a nutty dough "crust" that is spread over the apples and that bakes up like a sweet crunchy cookie. I used my food processor to chop nuts and combine the dough. Actually, any apple pie is, in my opinion, perfect fall food. Anywho...besides enjoying pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (just kidding--but not really!), I'm getting back into a stitchy mood again, enjoying old movies in the evening when the day is done, and listening to Prairie Home Companion, which celebrates it's 35th year on the air. Quite an accomplishment. I think I've been a listener from the start, which is kind of scary. Didn't realize it had been that long. I do know, that I've missed some shows now and then and love that there's access to all of them thanks to modern technology. Go to the archives here for a little comfort and comic relief.
Like vanilla ice cream, I find it goes very well with apple pie.