I was one of the lucky ones. I grew up with not one, but two apple trees in my back yard. And this made me especially lucky because my mom always made great apple pie every summer.
That apple pie was so fresh and crisp I thought it could totally beat up all other apple pies.
At the same time, I also remember really liking the McDonalds’ handheld apple pies. Worlds apart from my momma’s cooking, they were uber-buttery and filled with a jammy apple filling. Might as well have been doughnuts, actually.
So I had the fresh, homegrown ideal of the pie on one hand, and the simplified, standardized, and processed version – an apple-pie-simulacrum, if you will – on the other.
No, I wasn’t thinking of it this way as a kid, I just knew I liked two kinds of apple pies. I wasn’t trying too hard to compare apples to apples. But now that I mention it…Read More