Winning apple pies

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  CALL IT beginner’s luck. “It was the first attempt I ever made at writing my own recipe and baking an apple pie,” says Mandie …

A tale of two delicious apples

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THEY ARE BOTH mostly sweet, conical in shape, late-season apples. Their names are identical except for their predominant coloring. They began as chance seedlings, and …

Try Empires in Apple-Pear Cobbler with Cheddar

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WITH THE ARRIVAL of classic mid- to late-season apples like Cortland, Macoun, and McIntosh, and newcomers like Gala, Honeycrisp, and Mutsu, Empire can sometimes get …

Suncrisp apples, Tougas Family Farm, Northborough, Massachusetts (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Good now, better later: Idared and Suncrisp

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SOME APPLES, like fine wines, improve with age. Two relatively new varieties, Suncrisp and Idared — are examples. Their flavor is good when first picked, …

Geri Griswold's pie made with Honeycrisp apples was a sweet hit. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Apple pie time

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GET READY to reset your inner clocks this weekend, and turn up your ovens. With the holidays less than a month away, we are transitioning …

Empire apples on the tree at Ragged Hill Orchard, West Brookfield, Massachusetts. (Russell Steven Powell photo)

Mid-season pleasures: Empire and Spencer

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IT TAKES YEARS, sometimes decades, between the time an apple variety is discovered and it becomes available to the public. Two mid-season varieties, Empire and …

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You say ‘gal-la, I say ‘gay-la’

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NO MATTER how you pronounce it, Gala is among the very best sweet apples. It has more character and nuance than most sweet varieties, with …

How To Eat A Fresh Apple

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TWICE A DAY at least I reach into a paper bag in my refrigerator and pull out an apple. It could be any color, size, …

What Is The Best Pie Apple?

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AFTER TWO MONTHS of intensive research, we are forced to admit failure — once again — in our perennial quest to definitively answer a question …