Apple crisp

It happens to the best of us. It’s fall, and you go apple picking. The air is crisp. The leaves are starting to change. It would seem criminal to be inside. So you wander the orchard, chatting with your friends or partner, picking apples for a couple of hours.

And then you got home. You realize: what in the world did you think you were going to do with ten pounds of apples?

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Fig and mascarpone tart with pistachio crust

Fall doesn’t mean fruit desserts have to come to an end. In fact, this fig and mascarpone tart is one of my favorites. Its appeal is its simplicity: a nutty, pistachio crust; a lightly sweet, creamy mascarpone filling, brightened up with a touch of lemon zest; and the freshest, one-day-from-being-overripe figs you can find.

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