Simple Pleasures... Apples in autumn
Apples are one of the best things about autumn, one of the simple pleasures I am enjoying right now. You can eat apples all year round, of course, but autumn is really when they come into their own. Country Living has a great primer here on what types of apples are best at this time of year, including descriptions of the varieties and the best uses for them in cooking. Some of the seasonal beauties include Jonamac, Gala, Cortland and Empire ~ all among my favorites. Granny Smith and Pink Lady are other favorites of mine; Red Delicious ~ not so much. (I know they're very popular but I find them to be kind of bland.)
Did you know Agatha Christie was a great lover of apples? One of her characters, Ariadne Oliver, a parody on herself, was never to be found without a pile of apples nearby. I always think that's somewhat appropriate, since I love curling up with an Agatha Christie mystery when the weather cools. There's something about a good mystery, a warm blanket, a cup of tea, and yes, an apple, that makes for a heavenly afternoon. And, of course, with Halloween just around the corner, there's always bobbing for apples and caramel apples to enjoy. Not to mention it's the perfect time of year for warm homemade applesauce (click on the Recipes tab at the top of my blog for an easy recipe.) It just wouldn't be autumn without apples.
Do you have a favorite apple?
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