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I warn you before you read this post that the accompanying picture is weak at best. I am including it because it seems as if a blog post without a picture these days is like a movie that goes straight to DVD: nobody bothers. The thing about movies that go straight to DVD is that the production company KNOWS that’s going to happen, so they choose the route of not even attempting to garner interest from theater-goers. I’m going the opposite route here by attempting to draw you in with the promise of a picture of delicious food. Which I will provide. Quality not guaranteed.

In the meantime, I also made another apple pie. This one had extra EXTRA crumbly cheese topping. And was mildly photogenic:

Homemade crust. Works every time.

Homemade crust. Works every time.

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I have been busy. Busy with school, busy with lab, busy baking and cooking and taking pictures of food and then being disappointed with the picture or forgetting to upload them or failing to record recipes.

But mostly… I’ve been watching sports. I’m sorry. It sounds silly, but hey, the Detroit Tigers and the Michigan Wolverines are important parts of my life! Especially because I spend a lot of time watching those games with people who like to eat food. Hence, a long absence.

Anyway, you don’t care about that. You care about food, otherwise why the hell would you be here? So I am here to tell you a story about apples. An entire bushel of apples, as it turns out, meaning this is part one of a series of posts of things I’ve baked. But to start, we need to explore what apples mean during the fall in Michigan:

This is what every cider mill in Southeast Michigan looks like from mid September to early November. Except sometimes it's raining.

This is what every cider mill in Southeast Michigan looks like from mid September to early November. Except sometimes it’s raining.

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Since I took such a long hiatus from posting pictures of my food, which I know is what you all are really here for, I’ve decided to add a few from my backlog. When I stopped taking frequent pictures, I started taking better pictures of better food, so don’t think that this sample is (necessarily) representative of either my eating habits or my photography skills.

Now, look at food!

The first meal of August: I moved away from the poblanos briefly, although I suspect I'll go back one day. Also, slicing these in half looks nice but was really just a ploy to get them all to fit into the pan.

The first meal of August: I moved away from the poblanos briefly, although I suspect I’ll go back one day. Also, slicing these in half looks nice but was really just a ploy to get them all to fit into the pan.

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Look, I’m twenty-seven years old. Some people would think that’s too old to continue to be amused by the asparagus-pee phenomenon. Well, in my case, those people would be WRONG! Even if you don’t think it’s funny (which it is), you have to admit that the genetics are cool: it’s a two-way table. Some people can smell it, and some can’t (genetic); some people have it and others don’t (also genetic). Incredible, right?

Anyway, guess what I had for dinner on Thursday night?! You’ll just have to wait to find out.

Sunday: You know… stuff!

Feeling kinda lazy, but (unsurprisingly) quite hungry around dinnertime, I decided to go with the classic: leftovers! Hunkered down on the leftovers from food from earlier in the week, and… forgot to take a picture! I’m sorry. I’m seriously sorry. I am so lame, but that’s just what happens. Sometimes we are lame. And by “we,” I of course mean “me.”

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Monday: Still being lazy a day later

OK, I’m not lazy. Tonight I shoved some nachos in my face in my rush to make it to Ultimate practice at 6. Fortunately, I made it on time! Unfortunately, practice started at 8. One would think I could remember an event that happens at the same time every week. But that one would be WRONG! So, since I didn’t take a picture of what I thought would be my pre-dinner snack but ended up being my actual dinner… here is the best comic I’ve ever come across about nachos, from XKCD:

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Sunday: Travel and KFC

I don’t even know the girls in this picture I took (although I think they’re from the U of Indiana women’s Ultimate team), but this is what I was doing on Sunday morning. Wearing a LOT of winter clothes, hanging out in the cold and running through the mud after a Frisbee.

This couch was the only place to sit down within half a mile of where we playing Ultimate, other than in a mud puddle.

This couch was the only place to sit down within half a mile of where we played, other than in a mud puddle.

We had an absolute blast. For those of you unfamiliar with this college sport, the only way you really get to compete is by traveling to tournaments during the SPRING (given this information, you’d be amazed how many Northeastern schools have good teams), playing for 10 to 12 hours between Saturday and Sunday, and driving home while everyone smells bad. Also, tournament food is usually something like gigantic tubs of peanut butter and jelly, bagels, and pallets of bananas. While Chicago Invite had all those offerings, they ALSO had Ramen and hot water. I did not partake of this, but the undergrads were extremely excited about it. I would say my biggest accomplishment of the weekend was not falling asleep in the car ride on the way home.

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