Side Orders: Have your apple a day in a pie

Apple pie

There's nothing better than an apple straight from the refrigerator good and cold. You can tell just by cutting into it if it's going to be good. Even the sharpest of knives requires a little pressure when cutting through its flesh. You can feel the difference. The perfect apple is hard, and the flavor is sweet with an edge of tartness. This is autumn season at its best.

Mommas always say an apple a day is good for you, and heeding that advice, I eat an apple for lunch six days out of seven. There's nothing more simple and nutritious with a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter to slather on each slice. It's a lunch of protein, fiber, potassium, antioxidants, flavonoids, the list goes on.

Somehow, though, it's not apple season without an apple pie.