fruit, Fall and fine food writing…
September 21, 2011 § 9 Comments
What IS it about berries and cream…
Or, berries sprinkled with raw sugar…
Or, a quick thick dip in some chocolate fudge sauce…
ah, but the berries are on the wane, making room for the apple, that icon of health, Johnny A-seed and Fall.
I made a mile high pie on Sunday and forgot to shoot it (with my camera, I mean, of course!)
As for best apple pie recipe, you have to know what pieces to steal from which cookbook,but do include something from the JOY OF COOKING (the vanilla!).
Also, you have to have a Grandmother somewhere in your family history who put pies on the table every weekend, never getting all dramatic or show-offy about it, never blinking, never missing. Upon praise, she lifted an eyebrow and gave a bit of a smile and went on about her business. And we never got her apple pie recipe in writing, either.
So, I try to get mine to be at least the color of hers (thanks to cinnamon and a little shoosh of nutmeg) and focus on the crust as well as on apples that have FLAVOR! Sure you can make a pie with apples from the root cellar that have been sitting there forever, but treat yourself and get really good ones, really juicy sweet-tart apples, no more than a week old from the orchard.
Yup, if I had me a horse, I’d ride out there (where?) and pick all day ’til even the horse said” that’s enough.”
Here’s to apple pie time!
Which has me thinking it’s a good time to read one of Laurie Colwin’s essay/cookbooks again – give ’em a try if you haven’t – yum!
HOME COOKING: A WRITER IN THE KITCHEN
MORE HOME COOKING: A WRITER RETURNS TO THE KITCHEN
These are wonderful. For so many reasons. Fulfill your reading (and eating ) appetites.
And …. these would make grand gifts for the holidays…seriously.
Read them. Enjoy. Tralala.