Playful, patriotic Fourth fare
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And then there's the apple pie. You may not have a tough time finding this American staple in New England during the fall when apples are in season, but if you're in need of a suggestion this summer, try Petsi Pies in Cambridge and Somerville. The stores are keeping their coolers full of classic apple pie through the season, selling it by the slice ($3.50) or in its whole 10-inch glory ($25). The pies are full of fresh Granny Smith apples and come with an authentic domed top of homemade crust. Bye, bye, Ms. American Pie.
Or, bake your own. Try one of these recipes.