successful apple-picking trip in Penrose, Colorado, yielded a surplus of apples, and I've baked a few of them into pies using this surprisingly simple recipe. (I'd recommend adding dashes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla to the mix.) A recent sample can be seen at left. I'm not yet baking my own crusts, but I suppose that's the next goal.
PS: Just to get a sense of the challenges that lie before me, check out Sherry Zaks' cake page.