Archive for the ‘autumn’ Category


It’s here!  At great long last, one of my favorite times of year is truly upon us!  Autumn has been here for a while, but the autumnal holidays make it truly official! 
Of course in some ways we’ve had it going on a while…many cities have already sported then shed their arbor plumage, and of course there’s been that early snow….
Autumn  by rcw
….but from All Hallows through Thanksgiving’s final pie slice and prayer, it’s here!
That means time for apples, pumpkins, corn and cider….candy corns and horns of plenty, witches and settlers, ghosts and Spirits; it’s here!
Cooking takes on a special purpose as cherished, handed-down recipes sit side-by-side with someone’s adventurous creation. Pies, cookies, main courses….veggies, snacks, deserts….beverages…..tangible, sensuous feastings for the moment and for memory. 
My favorite thing to do, always but especially this time of year, is cooking with friends and family.  There’s nothing more fun and wonderful than putting on some tunes, getting into the proper frame of mind and cutting loose in the kitchen!
During the second part of November, I’ll be writing a lot about cookies, but will also take a moment to share a method of baking turkey that not only insures moisture, but guarantees that the white meat will be every bit as tasty and moist as the dark.  For now, all I can say is to have some brown paper or a paper bag ready.
Oh! Make sure the bag doesn’t have any ink on it.
For now here’s to frost on the pumpkin, ravens against the moon, stuffing and cranberries….and all the trimmings.  It’s Autumn! It’s here!

Apple Time!

Apple Time! Bounty from Jack’s sister’s garden.

It’s Apple Time!  We went to visit Jack’s sister and she gave us some apples from her wonderful apple tree!
They’re green with gold, Granny Smith I think.  Anyway, she’s invited us back to get a bunch of them, which is gonna be great, with all the pending holiday baking about to take place!  Apple everything!  Can’t wait!

I have so many recipes, I should just sit down and write that cook book!  Sure have been threatening to do so for a long time.  Well, if there are any readers out there interested, let me know and I’ll send a few recipes out, and if there’s enough interest maybe I’ll write a cooking blog…that could be a lot of fun. So feel free to let me know via the comments thingie.

The pending elections are pretty much all that’s being talked about on the buses and street corners here in North Beach.  During one of my walks, I just took a seat in the park for a little while and listened.  Word on the street?  Jobs.  We need jobs.    People are confused about the health care bill, most agree we need something to happen…..that’s true.  But what?  The economy is the most important thing on everybody’s mind. Seems like rich or poor (if “rich” means nice clothes, styled hair and good shoes and poor means the rest of us schlubbs) alike feel the same way.   So it goes.

But here I am, enjoying the moment with my booty basket of apples, getting ready to go into baking mode for the next several weeks…I’m in hog heaven!

Even though we don’t have the same kind of four seasons here in California as can be had back in Philly, we set our calendars according to the fruits and veggies…like right now.  Autumn…Apples.
The only thing missing?  Falling leaves……I miss raking them up into a big pile then jumping in!  There’s nothing like the smell of autumn leaves, or the crunch, or the color….brings out the kid in me!

So for today, Fifty Five Is The New Apple Time!  Let’s go find a pile of fresh raked leaves and dive in!