Thursday, March 9, 2017

Would have been perfect, but you'll never know and we'll get old (Apple Pie)

Apple Pie for One
By some strange inward compulsion, there are people who you love, love but never quite have the strength to give it words.

If the words ever came out, you've poured yourself into the hands of someone, someone who couldn't possibly fulfill you.

But does avoiding disaster hurt any less than letting it happen? Or have you made some horrible mistake that you will silently internalize in the future? As hard as it might be, there is some comfort in knowing that the person you let go is happy.

Our next love profile is one of a man who still wonders about the one he let go.

A Profile of Love: W

What is your family like?

I come from a really big family of ten brothers and sisters, and I'm the youngest. My mother and father have a really interesting story. They were married for many years, got divorced, and eventually re-married.

Why did they get married again?

I think my father never stopped loving my mother, as he got older he just wanted her back. He wanted to make sure she was taken care of. He had a pension he wanted her to get. He died fairly soon after getting remarried. I think he knew he had made a mistake in leaving her.

Are you married?

Oh Lord! No, I got really close, but just didn't do it. She was an amazing girl.

Why did you break up?

I honestly couldn't tell you why. She was smart, funny, pretty, and so kind. I remember us both crying when we broke up, sometimes I wish I hadn't done it.

What happened to her?

She got married a few years later. Last I heard, she's recently divorced.

Do you think you'll get in touch with her?

I think about it sometimes, I want to do it. I'm in my 60s now, and wish I had someone to share my life with. Having a partner and kids, it's all so fulfilling. I look at people these days running around and not making a choice. Sometimes I want to say, life is better with someone great!


Today's recipe is a comforting apple pie for those times we mess up and need to take courageous steps to rectify those mistakes.

Apple Pie
Serves One

Pie Crust

5 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
1/4  Tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Cold Butter, Cubed
6 Tsp Ice Water


1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Butter 

1 Beaten Egg 

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Whisk flour and salt together
2. Cut the cubed butter into the flour using a fork or your fingers. Work quickly so that the butter does not start to melt (the key to a nice flaky crust is keeping all the ingredients as cold as possible)
3. Add ice water and start kneading the dough until it comes together into a ball
4. Divide dough in two and roll dough out into two rounds on a floured surface
5. Place rounds in fridge until ready to bake 
6. Place chopped apples in a bowl 

7. Add remaining ingredients except 1 Tbsp butter

8. Place one pie crust in small fluted dish

9. Prick holes in the bottom of crust with a fork

11. Place the filling in the crust and top with butter pieces

10. If you want to get fancy, take the other pie crust round and cut into 1/2 inch strips

11. Weave a basket weave design on top of the crust

12. Brush the top with an egg wash
13. Bake for 20 minutes
14. Serve the pie hot with ice cream if you wish!

Hot. Flaky. Delicious