Apples Take Center Stage!

Fall is not all about pumpkins!

The stores and restaurants are all touting pumpkins. Apples aren’t as big and showy but they have more uses. And as for pumpkin pie, I’ll take apple every time!

I did a little research and found that 2500 varieties are grown in the United States and 7500 are grown worldwide. The crabapple is the only apple tree native to North America. The Pilgrims brought the first apple trees and planted them in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, Eve gave apples a bad rap in the Garden of Eden. Adam didn’t need to take it!

For me, apples are sheer delight. I love hot or cold cider and besides pie I make cake, crisp, and cobbler. Apples can also wear faces like pumpkins do, but pumpkins win in that category. I salute the apple for all it uses and great taste. Enjoy an apple or two and don’t forget ice cream for the pie!

Why was Dracula Afraid of Garlic?

Garlic can be deadly!

Bram Stoker was the first to write about garlic as a way to ward off vampires. I think it was because garlic made this Irish author sick. Garlic can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also can make one’s throat itch and constrict. That’s what happens to me because I’m allergic to it.

Garlic was used by the Greeks and Egyptians for medicinal purposes and to ward off evil spirits. Stoker would have drawn upon this information when he decided that it could be used against vampires. I like to think he had a more personal experience with the smelly herb. Hey! It’s possible!

To me, garlic is scary. I react even to the smell of it. I was buying fresh produce at an outdoor stand this summer and there was a small basket of garlic by the cash register. My throat started to itch and I began to cough. The stuff is deadly! I can understand Dracula fleeing from the smell.

I know most people love garlic. I’m aligning myself with Dracula and avoiding it!

Oily Cakes (olykoeks)

Doughnuts! A box of sugary goodness!

Weekends frequently mean doughnuts. Someone who has dieted all week long will succumb to the sight and smell of a doughnut. My husband loves doughnuts, so he is a bad influence on me.

I did a little research this week and learned that doughnuts were brought to America by Dutch settlers. The center of the fried dough goodies didn’t get done, so nuts or dried fruit were put in the center to solve the problem. A 16 year old named Hanson Gregory said he punched a hole in the cake with a tin box in 1847 while steering a trading ship. He later showed his mother how to eliminate the gooey center and the doughnut was born!

Doughnuts didn’t become popular in the United States until after WWI. Soldiers had been given them while overseas, and when they came home they wanted doughnuts. Shops began selling them, but it wasn’t until 1920 that a doughnut machine was invented. Adolph Levitt owned a pastry shop in New York City and had difficulty keeping up with the theater goers desire for doughnuts. So out of necessity, Levitt invented a machine that would speed up the process.

If I’ve made you want a doughnut, remember to buy extra because they freeze really well. Glazed are my favorite and I heat them for ten seconds in the microwave. For me, a doughnut is worth the calories!