Fall Greetings All!
I have a fall quote I’d like to share with you that I enjoy. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” This quote is attributed to Albert Camus. Interestingly enough, just this week I was looking at what I thought were 2 yellow flowers in the woods behind our house when I discovered (with the assistance of binoculars) that they were actually 2 yellow leaves! So it’s true – leaves in their glorious fall colors are actually flowers!
In addition to beautifully colored leaves, another icon of fall is apples. Is there anyone who doesn’t like apple pie? I’ve never met anyone that doesn’t! Apples are available all year round with our modern storage technology but it always seems to me that the best and tastiest apples are apples harvested locally in the fall.
I have several pleasant and happy childhood memories surrounding apples. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that my Dad always took our family to Taylorsville, North Carolina every fall for many years to buy apples that grew in the orchards there, particularly Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Stayman Winesaps and Cortland apples.
Another memory is of my Grandmother Annas who would peel and slice apples for me to eat when I spent the night at her house. I thought that was such a treat then and now I think what a loving act of kindness she performed for me. My Grandmother Annas made the best apple pie in the world and I truly wish I had learned to make pie crust under her direction but that never happened. She never wrote down her recipe for pie crust but knew when it was right by the feel of the dough on her hands. She also made fried apple pies. By the way, she always served us a slice of cheese to go with our apple pie!
Apples are often eaten raw and if the peeling is left on this is an excellent way to increase one’s fiber intake. Many beneficial health benefits are thought to result from eating apples – remember “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?”
Popular tradition has held that is was an apple that Eve used to coax Adam to sin with her in the Garden of Eden but the forbidden fruit is not actually identified in the book of Genesis. Apples have been around for thousands of years however, and they were brought to North America by European colonists.
Two of my favorite apple recipes are Morning Glory Muffins and Walnut Apple Crisp. Morning Glory Muffins are a treasure trove of flavors containing apple, carrots, walnuts, whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and coconut spiced with cinnamon and ginger. The Walnut Apple Crisp is flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Both recipes are exceptionally good!
Morning Glory Muffins begin by plumping raisins in hot water while the other ingredients are being assembled. I like to use golden raisins, just because they are my personal preference.
The dry ingredients are combined in a bowl.
The carrots, apple, coconut, wheat germ and nuts are added to the dry ingredients.
The eggs, oil, orange juice, and vanilla are combined and added to the flour mixture along with the raisins that have been drained. The batter is divided into muffin cups and baked for 25 minutes or until done. (The recipe said the yield was 12 muffins but when I made this recipe it yielded 17 muffins!)
For the complete recipe for Morning Glory Muffins, click here.
Apples are tossed with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg and arranged in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish for Walnut Apple Crisp.
Flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon are mixed together until crumbly and sprinkled over the apples along with the chopped walnuts.
Bake until golden and bubbly, about 50 minutes.
Serve with or without ice cream.
For the complete recipe for Walnut Apple Crisp, click here.
Tasty Tip: If you enjoy pesto (I love it!) try spreading it on your hamburger bun the next time you grill a hamburger or veggie burger. It’s wonderful! I also have added it to the bread when I make a BLT and it’s excellent there too. Pesto is a great “flavor intensifier.”
I added a new feature to the website this week – it’s called Kitchen Cheat Sheet. Please check it out and make use of it. Thanks to the folks at Everest in the UK for making it available for use. It’s very handy for converting US measurements to metric values.
Now go enjoy some apples!
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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