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The Theme Is … Apple Pie!

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie!

This weekend, many folks will be celebrating America with friends, family, food and fireworks. If you’re looking for some new ideas for the grill, we featured 44 different grill recipes in our recent Grilled Food theme post. For today, we’ll stick to a theme that’s … well, that’s as American as apple pie. Can you guess what it is?

(It actually was a choice between Apple Pie and Chevrolet, but I couldn’t find any Chevy recipes here.)

Let’s start with actual apple pie recipes, shall we? Different folks have different ideas of what a traditional pie should be. Be it a double crust pie, or a crumble pie, or topped with decadent caramel, you’re sure to find one here that’s just right for you.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Traditional)Clockwise from top left: Eva’s Apple Pie from callimakesdo, Classic Apple Pie from thescentofvanilla, Ree’s Scrumptious Apple Pie, Southern Apple Pie from Mommy’s Kitchen, Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie from Susan, and another one from thescentofvanilla, Apple Crumble Pie.

If you want to break from tradition and do a different version of apple pie, we’ve got a few alternatives for you too. Whether you want cupcakes, squares, crustless crisps, muffins or tarts, who says you can’t celebrate America’s favorite dessert in a non-pie form?

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Variations)Clockwise from top left: American Pie Cupcakes from [email protected], Caramel Apple Crumb from monstermama, Apple Pie Squares from julip1882, Apple Pie Muffins from holderman1325, Apple Pie Cupcakes from nakiaandkaleb, Rustic Skillet Apple Tart from sprinklebakes, and Apple Pear Crisp from ceegee.

Now, warm apple pie on an even warmer July day often feels naked without some cool and creamy vanilla ice cream. Not that naked isn’t good, especially when it’s hot, but you know what I mean. (As least, I hope you do, else you’d be giving me a funny look and slowly backing away from me right now.)

You can certainly get creative and go a different route, and if you want to do that, our recent Ice Cream theme post can point you in the right direction. But we’re not going to go all fancy here. Usually, the best friend a good apple pie can have is a nice big scoop of simple vanilla ice cream.

Okay, maybe I’ll throw in a little extra one with some cinnamon spice.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Vanilla Ice Cream)Clockwise from top left: Vanilla Bean Gelato from Food for My Family, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from sweetpeachef, Cashiers Farmer’s Market Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from bunkycooks, Easy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from missinthekitchen, Delicious Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Ree, and something just a little bit different that’ll go well with the flavor of apple pie, Cinnamon Spice Ice Cream from Tracy (sugarcrafter).

And finally, to top it all off, how about some caramel sauce? Because, truth be told, if you run out of time or energy, you can simply get your pie and ice cream from the store or your favorite bakery. Top it with some good homemade caramel sauce, and you’re good to go.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Caramel Sauce)Homemade Caramel Sauce from europegirl87 on the left, and Vegan Caramel Sauce from tonijean on the right.

Last but not least, I know it has nothing to do with apple pie, but I just had to show you these adorable little Blackberry & Strawberry Lemon Cakes from cookincanuck that celebrate both the upcoming 4th of July holiday as well as yesterday’s Canada Day. How cute are these?

Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Apple Pie! (Blackberry and Strawberry Lemon Cakes, from Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck)

And there you have it, Tasty Kitchen’s little piece of Americana, with a nod to our northern neighbor as well.

So, how about you? What does the phrase “as American as …” mean to you and your family? How would you finish that phrase? We’d love to hear all your different answers! And if you’re Canadian, gives us a holler and tell us how you celebrated Canada Day. We’d love to hear from you too! (Even if you’re not, don’t let that stop you from hollering anyway. I, for one, celebrated Make Enchiladas Out Of Leftovers Day yesterday. Can you guess what I did?)



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Deb on 7.11.2010

Bacon wrapped jalapeno wraps. Very good and i make my husband so happy with those!!!

Amy Eisenhutt on 7.10.2010

My favorite tasty kitchen recipe is cinnamon rolls by pioneer woman. My whole family absolutely adores them!

Amanda on 7.10.2010

“My Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler!” Delicious!! …especially with vanilla ice cream.

Melanie on 7.10.2010

chocolate cobbler, yum!

ree on 7.10.2010


ree on 7.10.2010

Bruschetta, for sure!

Cheri Micheletti on 7.10.2010

I must vote for the passover brisket, as well. Wonderful.

Bruce Giesbrecht on 7.10.2010

Love the cook book and the stories by Ree. So far my favorite is the Carmelized onion and Prosciutu ham pizza. It is far and away the nicest pizza I have had and will be using the crust recipe and experimenting with toppings for a long time.

Thanks for a great recipe.

Bruce Giesbrecht

karenarabie on 7.10.2010

In my house a good warm apple pie is called love, my son told me. My son has cerebral Palsy and he’s my hero. We love trying different apple pies. I make him help me, it’s the best therapy. We enjoyed very much. Thank you!

debbie gashaw on 7.10.2010

the corn chowder with the green chilies is my fav

Rachel johnson on 7.10.2010

My family loves the Cowboy food recipe for Chicken wings! Such a quick easy and tasty meal:)

Mary Lee on 7.9.2010

Martha Stewart’s Macaroni and Cheese 101 has been a favorite; I modify it with different cheeses and other additions, so when I saw the Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese just a minute ago I knew I would have to give it a go!

From another redhead crazy girl –I really enjoy the whole dang site.

Bonnie Krouskroup on 7.9.2010

The brownies are my favorite!

Gail Ranney on 7.9.2010

Anything with Blackberries in it!!!!!

Rachel in Peoria on 7.9.2010

Fried green tomatoes.

Lee Ann Wilson on 7.9.2010

I love the cinnamon pancakes! Yum Yum!

Gena Caldwell on 7.9.2010

Butternut squash mac and cheese

Carol Cline on 7.9.2010

Ree, no question what my favorite find has been. Your sweet potato soufflé. To die for! Haven’t found a soul who doesn’t think it is heavenly.

reenie on 7.9.2010

All of them

Johanna Keene on 7.9.2010

I’m still pretty new to Tasty Kitchen, but I love the CPK bbq chicken recipe!!

So yummy!

Erin on 7.9.2010

Blackberry Cheesecake! I’m making it tonight actually!

Cindy on 7.9.2010

Bacon wrapped jalapeno things!!!

Rachel Wright on 7.9.2010

Blue cheese pasta! Very good and simple! Great for the middle of the week!

TinaS on 7.9.2010

I am new to the site and haven’t had a chance to try any recipies yet. I just started visiting your site a few days ago.

My favorite recipie is my Nana’s home-made fudge, and my family recipie for Kuchen. We have a family tradition of gathering the Saturday after Thanksgiving to bake cookies. We love this tradition so much, that my mother and I spend all three days that weekend baking cookies and making fudge.

We have also gathered several times to make the kuchen together, my mom, my aunt, and myself. I love passing these traditions and recipies on to the next generation. I even created a homemade combination scrapbook / cookie receipe book for my family.

maggie on 7.9.2010

I don’t remember what they were called but I tried the recipe for the smashed potatoes that were boiled then baked with olive oil and rosemary. Delish!

Dana Cooper on 7.9.2010

Love your “Restaurant Style Salsa”recipe! It is one of many favorites!

Kim on 7.9.2010

Panko Crusted Mozzeralla Sticks from The Pioneer Woman. Have to admit I am quite anxious to try the TK recipe for Panko Crusted Green Tomoatos. I think its possible I’m in love with Panko Bread Crumbs!

Roberta on 7.9.2010

Every recipe that calls for chocolate, I am a chocoholic.

Marilyn Henrikson on 7.9.2010

Smashed potatoes-yummy. What not to like?

Debbie on 7.9.2010

The Key Lime cupcakes!!!

Treva Ann on 7.9.2010

I have to say the “sandwich spread” at this point as I’ve never heard of beef being used and intend to try it with my very next roast. I love sandwiches.

Katie Gosser on 7.9.2010

Apple pie!!!!

Jenn S on 7.9.2010

I do not have a favorite yet as I am still new but those Key Lime Cupcakes will be made in this house soon! Those look amazing. Right now my fav dessert is dump cake cause its quick, easy, and cheap!

cheryl sloan cornwell on 7.9.2010

The passover beef brisket is a favorite at my house. Elvis, my dog, will sit by the oven all day, crying, while it is cooking…..crying all the time. My house has never smelled better! Poor pup.

Kimbra on 7.9.2010

I made your cinnamon rolls, my family loved them!

Judy Kill on 7.9.2010

I loved several of the brownie recipies. The only great dessert is a brownie in my world anyway.

Mary on 7.9.2010

oooooh just discovered the fried pickle chips!!!!!!!!!! sign me up!

Liz on 7.9.2010

Candy bar pie.

Judy Stacy on 7.9.2010

I have made several of the recieps from Tasty Kitchen and they have all turned out great. I love all of them. I plan to make the Ice box choclate pie. It sounds delish.

Kathy on 7.9.2010

The Apple Dumplings made with crescent rolls & Mountain Dew. I have made these a few times, but also have used Sprite instead of the Dew :)

Linda on 7.9.2010

I’m making the Lemon Raspberry bars this weekend. You’re right, her photo’s are beautiful and inviting.


Philip Puckett on 7.9.2010

Chicken Piccata. Very Good

Heather in NY on 7.9.2010

My mom’s homemade apple pie recipe is my absolute favorite!

Erin W on 7.9.2010

Chai bars….so yummy. I’m gonna make them again this weekend.

Tina Hall on 7.9.2010

I love your cinnamon rolls! YUMMY!♥

Lynn DePretto on 7.9.2010

My favorite is the bacon wrapped japapeno “thingee”. It was great.


Karen on 7.9.2010

Lemon Raspberry bars

cheryl bartel on 7.9.2010

the molten chocolate cakes! with coffee ice cream

Sue K on 7.9.2010

Cheeseburgers on the grill made with muenster cheese with hot peppers

Jack Dersham on 7.9.2010

I enjoy French Potato Salad. From a from a 1975 Sunset Salad book. Page 37. Its great.