All About Apples

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“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 manuscript

Apple may have launched the new iPhone 7 recently,  but I’ve got apples of a different kind on my mind!  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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Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

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There is a church I drive by every day which posts weekly messages that give me pause.  This one especially resonated with me.  Thanksgiving for most of us gives us an opportunity to express gratitude.  Many families go around the table and ask everyone what they are grateful for.  Our tradition is to have a paper and pad available for people to jot down what they are grateful for, no limits, and place these sentiments in a gourd shaped soup tureen.  During dessert we pass the tureen around and read  out loud the messages and try to guess who wrote them.  The act of writing gives one time to pause and reflect without putting someone on the spot.  Over the years, there have been memorable and moving reflections shared.  Going back to the roadside church board, how powerful would it be if we chose to pause daily to reflect on things to give thanks for?   Awakening to gratefulness in our daily lives brings the focus on what is important, celebrates life and reduces negativity.  Thanks-giving everyday, minus the turkey.

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If you are still looking for Thanksgiving cooking inspiration, here is a collection of some of my  popular favorites.  Click on the highlighted title to access the original post. Continue reading