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Thursday, September 28, 2006


I hate to say it, but we might need to light the furnace. The cool temperatures pushed me back under my warm quilt this morning, and I fell back to sleep. As much as I don't want it to be officially fall quite yet, the low temperatures do help the apples to keep longer.

I have signed up for the One hundred Mile Thanksgiving Challenge. This venture comes to you from Alisa Smith and James McKinnon that started the One Hundred Mile Diet. They ate only foods grown within one hundred miles of their home for one year. I have heard about the diet, as many of my homesteading friends have taken the challenge {between us, homesteaders have a slight advantage}. Their year of eating only locally grown foods has gained world wide attention. But none of these reasons are why I decided to join, except for one. Saving the small farm. And here is where I run into a problem, the small town grocer. Rural towns are disappearing, mainly because the children grow-up and move away where there are more opportunities, i.e. the city. I adore the small town, it's unique history, the way you can walk into the only gas station or bar, and there is a small group of elderly gentlemen just itching to tell you all the gossip since 1945. I understand that my small amount of spending in locally owned stores, doesn't amount to much, but with Wal-mart invading 200 acres of farmland just a few miles down the road, the local businesses need all the support they can find. That ,and I can not live without my coffee and sugar. Dandelion root and honey just isn't the same.

If you decide to join me and the other's that have signed up for the One Hundred Mile Thanksgiving, let me know. Maybe we can help each other out on dinner plans.

On to the apples;

Julie over on Flip This Body, is scaring me. She's a mind reader I tell you. She has suggested that I make apple dumplings, And I just happened to have one of my cookbooks open to 'Apple Dumplings' I will need to go into town this weekend to buy containers to keep things in the freezer. Right now I have nothing.

Alrescate suggested apple chips and baked apples. She did have concerns about canning baked apples, but they can be frozen.

Kf_in_georgia shared some family history with me, a relative of hers developed the Hoss {Haas} Apple. {you will have to scroll down} Very Cool.

My camera has disappeared. I am sure I will find it somewhere today with a bunch of 2-year-old's view of the world, photos on it. So bear with me.

11 lbs down! {4.9 Kg}

Yesterday I made apple crisp. {insert photo here}

After baking the dish, I realized I had nothing to store it in {see above about freezing apple dumplings} We ended up eating it. The serving size says it serve 6. My children will disagree with that. I have been instructed to double the recipe next time. Apple Crisp receives two sticky thumbs up. {insert cute little photo here}

Apple Crisp;

2 lbs cooking apples {5 ½ cups sliced} peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 cup water
4 tbl lemon juice
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup flour
½ cup unsalted butter

preheat oven to 350F {176c}

Place the apple slices into a 2 quart baking dish. Stir with the lemon/water. Make sure you do this as soon as you slice up your apples to keep them from turning brown. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugars, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and flour. Cut the butter into the flour mix until it resembles wet bread crumbs. Spoon out evenly over the apples. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes.

Serve warm, or if you want the crisp crispier, allow to cool completely before serving at room temp.

Apple facts to amaze {annoy} your friends with: Americans eat about 19.6 pounds {8.8 Kg} of fresh apples annually, compared to about 46 pounds {20.8 Kg} consumed annually by residents of European countries.

Is there such a thing as an apple recipe that doesn't involve cinnamon? If you have one, please tell me about it.


Daniel said...

Hi there,
My wife and I have really enjoyed reading your blog. We are urban apartment dwellers trying to live frugally. I primarily use RSS feeds to keep up with blogs, but your RSS feed seems to only show the title of the post, not the entire thing. Is there anyway this could be changed?

magid said...

Apple without cinnamon:

-apples cooked with red cabbage, cider vinegar, and spicy sausage

-apples in turkey stuffing (with bread, onions, mushrooms, etc, possibly also walnuts)

-apple-[other fruit] jams

(Er, hi. Here from Livejournal via your RSS feed.)

Phelan said...

Glad to hear that you and your wife are enjoying my blog. You should get more than just the title, though admittedly I have set the feed on short, because of another syndication. You should get the first 225 characters. I know, that doesn't help. I went ahead and changed the setting to full. If you still aren't getting the whole post, please let me know.

Phelan said...

magid, hi and welcome. Thank you for the suggestions.

Cheryl said...

Congrats on trying the 100 Mile Diet! I have a hard time living without things like coffee too (and olive oil, and chocolate!).

This isn't really a recipe for an apple dish, but my kids love it and it might help get rid of some of your apples (and there's no cinnamon). It's for Apple Dip (tastes like caramel but is healthier). Stir 1/2 cup of brown sugar into 1 cup of cream cheese. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla (sounds like a lot, but it's right). Stir until smooth and use as a dip for apple slices. Delicious!

Marina said...

I have a recipe for butternut squash/apple soup. Let me know if you want it. Will keep looking after another round of chores.

Lynn S. said...

Hey Phelan--

Here is everything I know about apples, in one convenient spot. :)

Merry said...

Hmm...I know that venison and cranberry go well together in stew and stir fry. I've been wondering all summer about apples, as I tried an apple and beef stew (which was tasty). Sadly, hunting season hasn't begun yet, so I don't have any venison on hand to experiment with. If you get a chance to experiment, can you let me know how it goes?

R. said...

Thanks for changing the feed to include the entire post. My RSS reader thanks you!

Sirannon said...

All this talk about apples is making me hungry, LOL!
I have no recipes that I can think of, but I'll ask my mom :)

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