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Binging on Fall Apples

Binging on Fall Apples


Last weekend, I bought nine pounds of apples for an event that ended up getting canceled. At first, I was frustrated – what was I going to do with nine pounds of apples? But in my mad attempt to use up these apples before the appearance of brown spots, I’ve reconnected myself with the rhythm of the seasons.

On Wednesday of last week, I made an apple pie.  You can’t go wrong with classics, right? Plus it used up a whopping three pounds of apples. And I finally had an excuse to try out my new pie crust technique. I have always been a reluctant pie baker because I could never seem to transfer the crust to the pan without tearing it. I’ve tried folding it in half, folding it in quarters, and rolling it around the pin in order to unroll it over the pan. Nothing worked. Finally it hit me — why couldn’t I just place the pan on top of the rolled out dough, then flip the pastry mat?  It worked like a charm.

And last night, I made apple crisp. It was delicious and used up another three pounds of apples. I’m planning to make either apple muffins or an apple bundt cake over the weekend, and eat the remaining apples raw.

For me, apples always hit the spot on chilly, fall days. When I eat an apple in the fall, I feel like I’m eating what my body is supposed to eat. My body doesn’t want imported pineapples in October. There’s something about eating seasonal food that brings the body and spirit back in sync with the rhythms of nature. It gives the body just the nutrients it needs, as sunlight varies and temperatures rise and fall. These apples, which I initially thought would be an inconvenience, have turned out to be an unexpected gift. They’ve reminded me of just how connected we really are to the environment in which we live.

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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5:42AM PST on Dec 29, 2012


11:13AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thank you

9:21PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Just love a varities of apples, though I think Granny Smiths are my all time favourite

2:31AM PST on Jan 14, 2012


7:24PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Delicious info.

3:20PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thanks for the article!

7:42PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

With seasonal Jonagold, Honey Crisp as well as year round Fuji's, I have actually been eating the proverbial "apple a day".

8:30AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

I make applebutter every fall, It's a treat all winter long.

5:07PM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Apples - I adore apples! They are such good, old friends and love to see other people enjoy them too!


6:05AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011


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