October is the month when the cool, clean, crisp apple takes kitchens by storm and delights our senses with a wide variety of recipes and beverages. Nothing smells better than mom’s apple pie hot out of the oven as it brings back fond memories of holidays and family reunions. The freshness of hot apple cider on a cool fall morning beats out coffee anytime.
Of all the senses, our olfactory system holds the deepest emotional triggers for most people. As the festivities of the year’s end creep closer, we can smell the aromas of all the feasts that will make up the bounty on tables around the world, and that’s a good thing.
From its humble beginnings, the apple has been symbolic of love and beauty. Just ask Adam and Eve! Figs were good, too. We’ve got a long and interesting history with the apple. The Inquisitr writes about the 40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. Imagine the fun of placing an apple on a person’s head and using it for bow and arrow practice! There’s Apple records, Steve Jobs and Apple, plus cliches such as “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.” And of course the ever-present “you are the apple of my eye.”
Life just wouldn’t be all that interesting without “an apple a day to keep the doctor away.” Or those pie-eating contests we all entered at some point in our lives. Or apple pie baking contests, which aren’t nearly as much fun as the eating contests.
In case you didn’t know it, there are nearly 8,000 varieties of apples grown around the world, with 100 being raised commercially in the U.S.A. Vermont Apples is the go-to website for all things apple. They also feature a few knocked-out apple pie recipes.
Food Network Kitchen promises that their apple pie recipe is the best and most fool-proof. That’s sweet, but it takes nearly 3.5 hours to put the apple pie together, serves 6-8, and is gone in 10 minutes. Better to find the baker in your family and let them know about this apple pie recipe. Chances are, theirs is better.
Grandma Oples’ award winning apple pie recipe found on All Recipes makes the same claim about being the best apple pie ever. Who cares? Bring them all on…
History has proven that it’s really hard to make a terrible apple pie, as long as someone who knows what they are doing is in charge. Sometimes it just makes perfect sense to let the know-it-all be in charge in the kitchen because, as the saying goes, to the victor goes the spoils!
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