There are a number of you, who just like me, are loving that it is fall! Yesterday was a cool 79 degrees here in Austin, and there was actually a chill in the air as Molly and I went for a walk. It was sheer delight to this gal's heart!
As we all well know, there is a plethora of fall foods out there for us now to savor: pumpkins, apples, squash, to name a few. There's also something renewing in the cooler weather that makes cooking in a kitchen more enjoyable. The combination of the two makes me inwardly celebrate. So for that reason, between now and Thanksgiving, I'm going to choose a recipe once a week that uses the foods of the season, and I will both cook it (or bake it) and post the recipe on Spicy Magnolia.
"The Foodie's Fall Cornucopia" series will be featured every Tuesday between now and Thanksgiving. If you're making a favorite fall recipe for that week that you plan on featuring on your blog and would like to share it with the rest of us, you can post your link below using Mr. Linky. It's my first time using it, so I hope it works! Just make sure you leave the link to your specific blog post down below. If you don’t know how to link to a specific blog post, then go read this.
To start us off, here is a very simple recipe for cooked apples. They make a great fall side dish to go along with chicken or pork. This recipe comes from my grandmother, Gaga, so it's not an exact recipe; you might have to taste-test it for the sweetness level. But it's so simple, and kids will love the soft, sweet apples! You could even serve the apples over ice cream and make it more of a dessert. <grin>
6-8 apples: Gala, Braeburn or Rome apples are good options
1 cup sugar
6 TBSP butter
2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Core the apples and slice them into about 1/4 inch slices; don't peel. Put all ingredients together in a large pan and cover and place over medium heat on the stove. Watch closely and stir after it begins to cook; the liquid will probably come to a rolling boil. Keep covered as it cooks for awhile. If there is too much liquid in the pan, remove the cover and let the steam take off the liquid. Taste after about 30 minutes and the apples have become soft. You might need to add more sugar if you'd like them a bit sweeter. The apples should have a syrupy consistency to them. If you'd like, add the cinnamon and stir it in for added flavor.
So if you're making a fall recipe that you'd like to share with us this week, post the specific link to your blog here with Mr. Linky. By the time we get to Thanksgiving, we will have savored all the flavors of the season and created our own "cornucopia" of fall recipes!