pies

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This simple recipe is a twist on the classic British cottage pie, originally with minced beef.
I have plenty of talents and I'm really not a bad cook so I'm not sure why I've never mastered pie baking. Maybe I gave up too easily when my pies ended up with the lattice crust floating like flotsam on a soupy apple sea. For years, I did everyone a favor by ordering pies from a local bakery at Thanksgiving until my younger son fortuitously married The Crust Whisperer.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, we think it's completely reasonable to practice on as many pies as possible -- those apples aren't going to cook themselves into a warm, buttery crust, after all. Whether you stick with the classics or experiment with something new, grab a fork and dig in.
Kathy came from a home where my aunt made everything from scratch, even brioche French toast. My mother was most comfortable reaching for an easy fix in the freezer and had a whole comedy routine about it. She called herself "The Swanson family's best friend."
Summer food is awesome -- from oysters and lobster rolls to watermelon and ice cream. One of our absolute favorites? Pies. Especially when they're almost too pretty to eat.
With all the coconut and pineapple, this pie tastes a ton like a piña colada.
So as much as I love making pies at home, I try not to have entire full-size pies lying around because, as much as I try to convince myself otherwise, they won't last more than two days. Pie for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, midnight snack... you get the idea.
Regardless of what kind of pie you're eating, the pastry treat itself has a very long and practical history.
Of course I've come to learn that most cultures have pies or pie equivalents. So, philosophically, what counts as pie?
I have sort of a weird obsession with trying to recreate foods in cone form. So far I've created Sweet and Sour Chicken in a Wonton Cone, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cone, Cobb Salad in a Crouton Cone and a Chicken and Waffle Cone among others.
It's apple-y and buttery, with alluring vanilla and brandy aromas if you've added those ingredients.