Part of surviving in the midwest is learning how to fully embrace domestic life.
Last weekend we went to the nearby apple orchard to pick up some fresh fruit before the end of the season. While drooling over the frozen homemade apple pies I was interrupted by my husband, "Why would you buy a pie when you can make it yourself?"
Obviously, the man had never rolled out a pie crust.
But on second thought, what the $%& else was I going to do on a Saturday night (in Iowa)?
So we picked out a bag of apples, and bought what turned out to be a MIRACULOUS piece of kitchen equipment: an apple corer/peeler/slicer. This amazing gadget looks like something out of the 1920's. It comes in red enameled cast steel with a stainless-steel shaft and prong. The apple corer/peeler/slicer has a suction base that sticks firmly to your countertop while you pop on an apple, turn the crank and 1-3 seconds later your apple is cored, peeled and sliced. In under a minute I had enough apples to fill a pie.
Now, if only they would invent a miraculous pie mixer/roller/assembler...
Yours from the heartland,
Image lifted from William Sonoma.