Book Review

Summertime when the Living is Easy

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green applesI wanted to show off the fresh apples from our small apple tree. After about 1/3 of the tree blossomed this spring, we had a killing frost. Luckily, the other 2/3 of the tree blossomed afterwards, so we still  have apples this year!

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Apple cherry pie with an oatmeal crumb topping, after my husband ate his first, generous slice.

A few weeks ago, my husband peeled and pared apples for a pie, knowing that I would do the rest if he got things started. Since the green apples were sweet, but still not ripe, I pitted ripe fresh cherries to sweeten it up a bit and added to a recipe I found in Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life. I had bought this recipe book last year and have used it far more than I thought I would. I bought it for the filling recipes, thinking that the crust recipes would be gluten-ful and off-limits for me. Half-way through the book, though, I discovered that the author had been diagnosed with celiac. She took this as a challenge to become  a more talented and creative cook, and she had gluten-free crust recipes! I have made more pies this year than the previous five years combined, all with yummy success. 

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On this day, however, I cheated and used a store-bought gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free crust because of a time crunch. Gluten-free crust is sticky, and so it must be refrigerated before it can be rolled out, and I only had about an hour before I had to start supper. 

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Top view of my apple cherry pie

Store-bought crust or not, this beauty was delicious! As summer continues, the apples are ripening, and we’ll have even better pies as they turn red and are even sweeter.

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    • Silly bird!! My parrots far prefers apple and cherry pie to anything with seeds. They love fresh fruit! Maybe you should speak with the management of your cage and room service about fresh fruit pie. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

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  1. Your pie looks delicious. I also have to cook gluten free for my husband, who has a list of food he can’t eat. My crusts, even from King Arthur’s flour mix, never turn out good, so I have given up and buy the expensive frozen store ones. Perhaps I should try this book!

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    • I’ve never been good at pie crust, but Kate McDermott had lots of tips and techniques to make it easy. It has 6 different GF crust recipes, including a GF vegan recipe for crust, which is what I need now due to my sensitivities to dairy and eggs. This book has turned me into a pie maker, when I had largely avoided them before. Sometimes I just use her filling recipes and add a crumble topping for a quick cobbler. I’m serious when I say you can’t go wrong with this book and was a best seller a year or two ago.

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