All About Apples


“It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple is connected to that of man.”

Henry David Thoreau, Wild Fruits:  Thoreau’s Rediscovered last manuscrip


 Apple season is upon us and I’ve searched the archives to compile readers’ favorite apple recipes.  From a tasty maple cauliflower apple soup to company-worthy turkey medallions in a flavorful curried apple-shallot wine sauce, there are many recipes to showcase apples in their glory.  Of course apple desserts abound and one of my favorites is a butternut squash-apple Bundt cake with a cider glaze.  If you want to take the apple theme right down to the table setting, I’ve got you covered with a centerpiece featuring votive candles set right into, you guessed it, apples!  Click on the highlighted titles for the recipes.  Enjoy!

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Individual Cranberry-Apple Crisps


“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F Scott Fitzgerald


The Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend.  What better way to celebrate than with a cranberry-apple crisp with maple syrup drizzled on top?  These individual crisps are easy to make in ramekins.  The recipe comes from Sarah Richardson, one of Canada’s design stars.  I used fresh cranberries instead of frozen but either is fine and I increased the amount of fruit.  Boosting whole grain oats and no flour, this is a wholesome dessert that fills the kitchen with a tantalizing aroma.  Serve them warm with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt mixed with a bit of brown sugar.  Not too sweet, these were gobbled right up!  Continue reading