Forget the ancient reputation as the harbinger of temptation and evil. Forgo the legal bribery of handing your teacher a polished one. And brush aside thoughts of omnipresent technology companies: This apple is only one thing and that's delicious. It's delicious with green beans and shallot and those are delicious when paired with this chicken with garlic-thyme sauce, both herbaceous and creamy. When they ask "how about them apples?" you'll only be thinking of this sublime meal.
Tip: Here's a super easy way to remove thyme leaves from stem. Just pinch the top and run your fingers down the stem. Presto! The leaves should just fall off. Another good (if we do say so ourselves) tip: If you're looking for the right texture for the sauce, dip a spoon in and see how well it sticks to the back. If it coats and sticks, you're good to go.