My household is starting to buzz with the excitement that is autumn. My husband is thrilled that football season has started and it's time for some gonzo October baseball. The past two Sundays, my 2-year-old has run around the living room with a pair of underwear pulled over his head so that his face is peeking out the leg hole. He wears an NFL T-shirt while yelling, "Ack! Ack! Ack!" His brothers inform me that he is a football player when he does this. I'm just making sure my camera is ready for next Sunday so I can use this against him later.
The boys are waiting with bated breath for the first piles of fallen leaves into which they can throw their bodies while screaming for joy. The dogs are sitting on the porch with their eyes trained on the tree line, expecting to see, at any moment, the first of many white-tailed deer venturing out for a bite to eat in the field.
And me? I'm crazy about the stunning colors the trees are wearing, the blue skies and cotton ball clouds, the slight nip in the evening air and the overwhelming desire to curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea. But more than anything else in fall, I adore the food; butternut, acorn and hubbard squash, potatoes and more potatoes, beets, strong greens, rutabagas, and -- at the top of the cornucopia -- apples and everything you can do with them.
I have three wonderful fall recipes to share with you. Each of them is a family favorite and I hope you enjoy them, too.
Until next time, see you in the pumpkin patch and the orchard.
Oven Baked Toffee Apples From Pille Petersoo of Nami-Nami