even more perfect apple pie

I did not intend to go on an apple pie making bender. I merely did what we always do in October: go apple picking, balk at the price of a bag, insist upon filling it way past the brim (because: economics) and then we ate some apples on the way home home and the bag was still overflowing. So I made an apple pie with 4.25 pounds of apples in it and the bag looked exactly as full as it had been at the orchard. Might they still be growing in there? It’s the only explanation.

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I started with the apple pie recipe that’s been on this site for 12 years, but over the years I’ve tweaked it a little at home in small ways (different spice levels, some brown sugar worked in, thinner slices). This time, with some help from the genius Bravetart book, I tweaked it a lot, and it was the best apple pie I’ve ever made. So I did the only rational thing and brought slices of my pie-brag to everyone I saw for a couple days and then I ran out of pie and made another one using the same tweaks and it, too, was the best apple pie I’d ever made, so I did the only rational thing and made a third one and now I think it’s time for us to talk about what I think has made it so much better.

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The Tig Recipe We’re Making to Celebrate the Royal Baby News — Pop Culture

Meghan Markle isn’t the only one with a bun in the oven! In honor of Kensington Palace’s recent announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child (ETA: spring 2019), we are celebrating in the form of these mini soufflés, courtesy of Meghan’s former website and lifestyle blog, The Tig.

Read more: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting

Fine, I concede that this is not a recipe for buns — they’re chocolate petit gateaux. But what better than a dessert recipe with the word “petit” in it to celebrate a super-sweet baby announcement?


How I Prep a Week of Easy Skillet Dinners in Under 2 Hours — Power Hour Meal Prep

Prepping weeknight meals that all come together in your favorite cooking vessel is just about the easiest way to set yourself up for success. The tool at hand here is a trusty skillet — aka the king of the stovetop — which makes quick work of complete meals with barely any fuss. You’ll use your weekend Power Hour to chop and pre-cook the ingredients, so all you have to do come weeknights is toss them into the skillet.

In addition to giving you a big head-start on those easy skillet dinners, this Power Hour Meal Prep Plan (which will take you just about an hour-and-a-half to complete), will also set you up with a week’s worth of prepared breakfasts and lunches. Here’s how to do it.


How To Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes (Even Better than Starbucks!) — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

‘Tis the season. Can you hear the espresso machine firing up? Starbucks brought back its rockstar latte, the queen of froth, the obsession of millions — the Pumpkin Spice Latte. But if you don’t want to drive to Starbucks and just fancy making it yourself at home, we have your back!

Here’s how to make a spicy, frothy Pumpkin Spice Latte at home. It’s so easy, and you’ll have enough to share with someone you truly love. Don’t skip the whip.


25 Ideas for Make-Ahead Lunches That’ll Last the Week — Recipes from The Kitchn

There have been far too many Sundays in my life when I’ve wanted to get ahead on meal prep for the week but skipped out of it due to laziness. That stops now! Because carving out some time to make lunches for the upcoming week can make busy days run a whole lot smoother — whether they’re for your kids to tote to school or for you to pack up for the office. Here are 25 great recipes that call for a little effort on the last day of your weekend but reap big rewards.


10 People Share The Real-Life Lessons Meal Prep Taught Them — Power Hour Meal Prep

Meal prep can mean a lot of different things for different people. It can be a way to feel more comfortable with cooking when you’re just starting out. It can be a tool to keep the cost of groceries in check. It can even be a form of self-care, and a way to ensure a smoother week ahead — just by having thoughtful meals ready and waiting for your future self to dig into. No matter what your motivations are, meal prep can teach valuable lessons that go way beyond the kitchen.

So we asked 10 people — from staffers, to readers, to bloggers and authors we love — to share how meal prep has changed their lives in ways big and small.


Our 50 Best Meal Prep Recipes of All Time — Recipes from The Kitchn

Inspiration can go a long way — and that’s definitely the case when it comes to meal prep. You might have the desire to prepare a bunch of things to eat through the week but knowing exactly what to make can sometimes feel overwhelming. Let this be your guide. We rounded up our 50 best meal prep-friendly recipes so you look to them easily, all in one spot. They include grab-and-go breakfast options, packable lunches, and dinners that take well to be reheated, along with some basics that can be incorporated into all three meals. Meal prep planning just got a whole lot easier.


Where to Buy Dry Ice and How to Make It Last — Trick-or-Treat

Dry ice can help create a spooky effect at your next Halloween party, but if it isn’t properly stored, it will dissipate into a fog before you actually need it to. Dry ice is the frozen form of carbon dioxide, which is why, instead of melting into a liquid when heated, it instead turns into a gas. Because it’s so cold (an extra-frigid -109.3°F, to be exact), it sublimates into a gas pretty quickly.

So if you go to the trouble of obtaining dry ice for Halloween, here are a couple tips to follow that will ensure it stays frozen until you need it to billow spooky fog long into the night.


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Halloween Candy — Halloween Hospitality

The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend as much as $9 billion on Halloween this year — and we’re betting a ton of that goes to the sugary stuff. But not all candy is created equal (we’re looking at you, Tootsie Rolls).

Whether you’re the kind of person who snaps up bags of candy as soon as they hit the stores or you wait until the night before and stock up on whatever’s left on the shelf, avoid these common mistakes when buying your Halloween candy. The neighborhood kids will thank you.