Week 4 – Monday Night Edition – Pats at KC

So it’s Monday Night!  Prime Time!  Wooo.  I hope you’re not listening to the talking heads these days.  Boy, it’s crazy.  Bash the offense, preface the D by saying yeah but look at who they played.  Our offense hasn’t found a steady groove.  I’ll go along with that.  Our D has adjusted since Miami and done a lot better.  Are we a 500 team?  Are we on track for another 11 win season?  Are we getting our opponents top game, aka their measuring stick game?  I think the answer is all of the above.

So after all that round about we’re playing KC.  Injuries on both teams impact starters today.  Both teams have had good and rough days.  I think the days of arrowhead being an intimidating 12th man force like Seattle is today are mostly gone.  They are a team that can be dangerous but like most teams this season, critically flawed.  I think this will be a tough, close game where turnovers are the key.  I think we’ll have fewer than KC will and that will be the difference.  Old school Patriots Way.

So what’s the game food?  Mini apple pie ala mode and Nyx.

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Mini Apple Pies
one package of pie crust.  Get the more expensive stuff.  It’s worth it.
1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon & nutmeg
4 large apples diced

Crumb topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place diced apples in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated.  Take a shaker pint (see, they are good for something) and put on pie shell.  Cut out mini pie shells.  Place into a muffin tin and spoon mixture into pastry shell.

For the topping mix together flour and brown sugar. I use a fork to mix in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apple filling.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

The apples I used came from Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, NH.  For my family it’s a tradition to go and pick a bushel of apples each fall.  Our pie is made from a mix of fresh Macintosh and Cortland apples.  Credit for the recipe and tasty desert goes to my wife Ellen.  She’s the baker of the two of us.

Me, I’ll be enjoying my pie with some Friendlies cookies and cream ice cream and a tall glass of Nyx.  I will be rooting for a solid NH team win tonight.

Hope you’re enjoying tonight’s game with friends, family, good food and of course a great beer.



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