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i’m thankful for our good health and the peanuts gang.

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nothing says thank you like apple pie with cheese baked into the crust (even if you don’t like warm fruit…or cheese on fruit). i can now cross this off my list of things to do.

Apple Cheddar Cheese Pie

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1/2 pound shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 7 large Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cheese. Combine water and vinegar, and gradually stir in until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough in half and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C.) Roll one ball out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate. Roll out top crust and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss apples in lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Drain and discard any excess juice. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Arrange rows of overlapping apple slices, working from outer rim in. Dot with butter. Cover with top pie crust. Seal and crimp edges with fork, then trim excess dough. Cut a few slashes in top crust to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake on cookie sheet in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, brush lightly with beaten egg, and sprinkle liberally with sugar. Bake 5 to 10 minutes more until sugar forms a crisp glaze.
  • recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com and from the soon to be (regretfully) defunct Pie Hole.

    morning after 3AM flood evacuation.

    a lot of people give kanye a hard time for proclaiming his own greatness but honestly to the world he’s addressing, yeezy can make whatever claim he wants. why shouldn’t he? i’m not going to write a review of the album (who cares what i think) but here are a few reasons why 808s and heartbreak is a success:

    1) kanye set out to make an album, and he did. the record has a distinct continuity in style and theme. my general thoughts on auto tune is that it should have stayed just with cher, but i’m okay with his explanation that he wanted a distinct sonic record. he had something in mind.

    2) simple but sonically functional choices like the tribal wailing in songs like “love lockdown.” what is that? and that fresh synth on “paranoid.” for some reason i think of lionel richie and the o’jays with a fog machine.

    3) “street lights.” this song alone justifies 808s and heartbreak‘s existence. truly great.

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    the most mind-blowing thing about Chinese Democracy is that in spite of over 10 years of inexplicable delays, revisions, and monumental mythologizing, the album is… actually, kind of great??

    “Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It’s more like reviewing a unicorn.”

    Chuck Klosterman Reviews Chinese Democracy | The A.V. Club

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