Easiest Apple Pie Ever

1  8″store bought piecrust

5-6 apples ( mixed varieties such as Macs, Macoun, Granny Smith, Empire, etc. add flavor) 
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Streusel Topping:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark whichever is at hand)
4 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Peel and core apples. Slice into 1/4 inch slices and toss in bowl with the lemon juice (to prevent browning). Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon and sprinkle on apples. Prick pie shell and place apples into it. Place ingredients for streusel topping in food processor and pulse until the consistency of cormeal. Alternatively, mix by hand in a bowl. Scatter on top of apples and place in oven for 40-45 mins.

Easiest Apple Pie Ever

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SAM herbed rice picThe legendary Mediterranean food authority Claudia Roden first introduced me to the idea of adding fresh chopped herbs to rice just after it has been cooked to heighten the flavor.  It is a simple yet crucial tip that elevates a mundane side dish to sublime and brightens any meal.

2 cups basmati brown rice
4 cups water

Herbal Seasonings:
1 ½ cups minced scallion greens
1 ¼ cups fresh dill springs, rinsed, drained, blotted dry, and chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, rinsed, drained, blotted dry, and chopped
2 ½ tablespoons fruity olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
3 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)

1. Put the rice in a bowl and using your fingers as a rake, rinse the rice under cold
running water to remove some of the talc. Drain the rice in a strainer.
2. Put the rice and water in a heavy, 3-quart saucepan or pot with a lid. Heat uncovered until boiling.  Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the water has evaporated and craters appear on the surface.
3. Remove the cooked rice from the heat and add the Herbal Seasonings immediately. Fluff the cooked rice lightly with a fork to separate the grains and mix the seasonings evenly with the rice.
4. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6
© Copyright Nina Simonds 2008

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