3 Cheers for the Red, White and Blueberry!

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Every year I think, "Next summer my life is going to change and I'll take a long vacation by the ocean." Cotton dress, straw hat, pink bicycle — the whole Ralph Lauren fantasy that my ancestors (and Ralph's) left Russia to assimilate into.

But then Memorial Day comes around again and magically, I'm still at the office.

Still, you know what cheers me up? Making a summer fruit pie and taking it to a BBQ in someone's back yard. Even if the yard is a sliver of grass, there's something about a fresh pie that transports you to a hillside with a berry pail, no matter where you are. 

This is America, after all. And summer is the best time to celebrate the possibilities of freedom, at the very least from all those months without daylight savings time. So here are the best Apple Pie, Cherry and Blueberry Pie recipes for those of us who live for the summer season on USA cable and languorous days at the mall.

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