After all that hard work in the garden yesterday, Ellen and I decided we needed some pie. We stopped by my local orchard, Pleasant Pond Orchard, where Mary, one of the owners, gave me another idea — a pie tasting party, featuring many single-variety pies. As it was too complicated a plan for that night, Ellen and I and picked up a variety of apples so that as we made the pie, we could taste many different apples.
The range of flavors was amazing. I have to say, I still likes me a good old-fashioned Northern Spy or Cox’s Orange Pippin, but the results of the mixed-variety pie was delicious. We used the aforementioned Spy and Pippin, and Pumpkin Sweet, Spencer, Golden Spy, Winesap, and Connell Red.
I put Ellen to work cranking the apple peeler, and because she was so helpful, gave her a few of my top secret pie-making tips. She repaid me by rolling out the crust and decorating the pie with cookie-cutter stars. We all enjoyed the pie for dinner, and I sent Ellen home with half of the remaining pie and some garden vegetables.
Darn Mary for mentioning that pie-tasting party, because I think it sounds like a LOT of fun, so beware, friends and neighbors, I may be calling on you for help.