I'm really loving my new job. In addition to the great work and people - there are some other cooks in the office!
We recently had an apple pie baking contest. It was so much fun to taste all of the pies side-by-side. Generally I think apple pie is fairly standard, but it was so interesting to taste all the variations in the recipes.
There was a pie with a crumb topping,
One filled to the brim with appley-goodness!
A very dainty, prim and proper lattice top,
And my pie (recipe here) topped with decorative leaves. I took home the prize for most creative appearance. We all won prizes, tasted all of the pies, and got a free vacation day for our participation - can't beat that!!