Picking Our Next President Is As Easy As Pie!


   Picking Our Next President Is As Easy As Pie

    a recipe for solutions by Micki Sannar

My Fellow Americans, With financial markets free falling, the mortgage industry hanging by a thread,  jobs at risk, global warming, health care at a breaking point, terrorism fears, foreign fuel issues, voter fraud, computer hackers, secret wire taps, and high cholesterol , many Americans are on overload. As if all of this is not bad enough, we have to elect a new President! Aghhhh, are you as frustrated and confused as I am?

Who do we trust? Who do we believe? Who has it right? Who would best be able to lead our great nation? And by what criteria should we choose our new leader? I too have asked myself these very questions, and have come up with what I believe to be a reasonable solution.

Scrap the whole dirty politics as usual and let’s have an Apple Pie Bake Off! Obama and his Apple Pie vs McCain and his Apple Pie. Really, if either of these men are a real live, red blooded American, they should surely be able to bake an Apple Pie

Honestly now, either candidate can say “I am going to do this”, or, “I am going to do that”. Just think about it, if either one of these gentlemen wants to SHOW us which of them is truly as “American as Apple Pie”; they are going to have to bake. Then, we will have a national taste test which will be comprised of a bipartisan committee of blindfolded grandmas, over the age of 75, ten of them from each state in the union. No need to worry about voter fraud, or hanging/pregnant chads of any kind, because everyone knows that grandma is as honest as can be.

So there you have it, a practical, simple, solution to electing our new President.

Oh yes, just in case either candidate is searching for the perfect Apple Pie recipe, try mine! It is made with heart healthy olive oil, and tastes fantastic! And should either candidate win with my recipe (and one of them will), I will be expecting a position in the new cabinet as the Secretary of Agriculture.

A small price to pay to the use of my recipe, don’t ya think?





Perfect Olive Oil Pie Crust yields 1~2 piece pie crust

Oil pie crusts are notorious for being difficult to work with. After much experimenting, this crust came out perfect. It is the most simplest pie crust you will ever make. It bakes up light and crispy.


2½ cups……………. flour, sifted

1 tablespoon…….. granulated sugar

1 teaspoon………… salt

½ cup………………. pure olive oil

cup……………….. buttermilk

1 teaspoon………… pure vanilla extract


1 medium…………. egg white

2 teaspoons………. cold water



1. In mixing bowl add flour, sugar, and salt.

Mix together.

2. Add olive oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Using

a spatula, blend all ingredients. If necessary,

add a sprinkle of flour to create desired texture;

not too wet and not too dry.

3. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Form balls

and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Flatten

with the palm of your hand. Let rest for 5~10

minutes (no need to refrigerate).

4. Roll out between wax or parchment paper.

Assemble pie according to recipe instructions.

Egg wash preparation

Mix egg white and water together until well

blended. Using a pastry brush, brush egg mixture

on the top pie crust. Dust the top of the

crust with 1~2 teaspoonfuls of sugar. Bake according

to recipe instructions.

The egg and water mixture brushed on top helps

the sugar stick to the crust as well as making the pie shine!


All American Apple Pie Serves 10 to 12

Now all you need is a hot dog and a Chevrolet.


1 recipe…………….Olive Oil Pie Crust

5 cups………………. tart apples, peeled and


1 teaspoon………… pure vanilla extract

1 cup………………… granulated sugar

1 teaspoon………… cinnamon

½ teaspoon……….. nutmeg

1 teaspoon………… lemon zest

2 tablespoons……. all purpose flour

1 tablespoon…….. pure olive oil



1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare top and bottom

of Olive Oil Pie Crust.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients

and blend well.

3. Pour into prepared pie shell. Assemble top

crust, pinch edges together to seal and slice

small holes in the crust for ventilation.

4. Brush with egg wash  and sprinkle

sugar on top. Place pie plate onto a large

cookie sheet (to catch any running juices).

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature

to 350°F and without opening oven door, bake

for another 45 minutes. Remove and let cool

for 30~45 minutes. Serve with light vanilla ice

cream or frozen yogurt.


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