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National Pie Day

Today! I chose Apple.

Things I learned while baking this pie:

1- You can’t just swap out most of the all-purpose flower for whole wheat flour. You really just can’t. Not even if it’s King Arthur brand. (I wound up throwing out the first batch of dough and starting over).

2- Don’t listen to my mom when she says to use the food processor to make the crust, because the butter chunks will go from marble-sized to practically invisible before you know it, completely bypassing the “pea-sized” ideal. Then the crust turns out thin and crispy, like a cracker. But it still looks pretty.

Ogden, Utah

The boy and I took the FrontRunner up to Ogden, my hometown, to visit my Dad for the weekend.

He packed a lunch for us to eat on the train.

We drank manhattans, ate ribs and watched The Shawshank Redemption with my dad. Ogden is great.