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WARNING: This entry is high in sugar and low in fiber.

This year, I spent Thanksgiving with Alex and his side of the family. Our contribution to The Big Feast was an apple pie. Alex makes a lovely apple pie, and we thought you might like to know how to do it.

First, you make the dough and put it in the fridge. (Not pictured. It involved a Cuisinart and was very quick and boring.)

Next, you source out your usual job (peeling and coring the apples) to cheap child labor using a machine.


“Hey, this is hard!”

(That’s my niece, Chiara, on the left and my husband, Alex, on the right. We are totally getting one of those hand-crank machines for our house.)

Next, liberally flour a butcher block island with flour.


“This part is fun!”

(Added to this photo is my charming sister-in-law, Marina. She’s supervising.)

Take half of the dough out of the fridge. Press out the dough…

…then roll the dough out on the floured surface.


“I want to use the rolling pin!”

Once your dough is at the desired thickness, roll it around the rolling pin. Use the rolling pin to transfer the dough to the pie pan. (It’s best to let the adult part of the team do this part.)

Mix the apples with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and a little bit of sugar, then dump them in the pie pan.

Next, get the other half of the dough out of the fridge and roll it out on the floured surface. Cut it into strips and make a lattice top. (Child labor helps with the placing of the strips, but not with the cutting.)

Put the pie in the oven and feed your child labor…

…and your photographer.

Take the pie out of the oven when it’s done, forget to take a photo of it until it is decimated by relatives and friends, and have a happy holiday anyway. (The pie was delicious.)

Work on your sock.

Enjoy the peace.

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