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Fall = NY + Macintosh Apples

It’s Fall everywhere but in South Florida. The G-man came home with 2 bags of NY macintosh apples the other day. I think he’s feeling a bit homesick. He lived in upstate NY (way upstate on the Canadian border) many years before this Florida girl came into his life. I tried. Really I tried to live there. But the sunshine and the ocean are too strong a draw.

Anyway, fall was always mac season when the apples were abundant and the evening temps begged for warm, gooey, comfort food. It may still be 90 here, but the enticing aroma of spice baked apples brought back floods of memories of crisp fall nights and sweets baking in the oven. Ahhhhhhh.


Baked Apples

Tart cooking apples, preferably macintosh

Brown sugar

Chopped walnuts

Butter (Kerry Gold from grass-fed cows)

Spiced Sugar (combine granulated sugar with cinnamon, allspice and cardamom)

Preheat oven to 400 F.

With a sharp knife, cut around the core of the apple from the top leaving the bottom of the apple closed. Using a small melon ball tool, scoop out the remaining apple core. This leaves a nice hollow place for the rest of the goodies. Peel around the top half of the apple.

Pack the hollow space with brown sugar and chopped walnuts.

Place a pat of butter on top os the apples.

Sprinkle with the spiced sugar.

Place in a baking pan or individual cast iron skillets and bake approximately 15 -20 minutes.

Enjoy straight out of the oven (we did for breakfast this morning) or serve with cream (poured or whipped) or a big dollop of vanilla ice cream.


Eat Out to Help End Childhood Hunger



Check out this wonderful organization working to end childhood hunger right in our own home towns. Read about them and their mission (link here) and then decide if you want to take the pledge. I did. And then go and enjoy dining out September 18-24 to help end childhood hunger.



Why is childhood hunger such an important issue?
More than 17 million children in America struggle with hunger. That’s almost 1 of 4 kids. Their families don’t have the means to put enough nutritious food on the table for them to thrive.

Research tells us that even slight experiences with hunger can leave lasting negative impressions that impair health, learning and well-being. Hungry kids…
… are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
…are also more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences.
…are less able to concentrate and perform well in school.
…have more behavioral and emotional problems.

And young children (under the age of 3) who don’t get enough healthy food cannot learn as much, as fast or as well as their well-nourished friends.

What is Share Our Strength?
Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry® Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry. Visit

What is the Dine Out For No Kid Hungry?
Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is a national event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. From September 18-24, 2011, participating restaurants raise funds in a variety of engaging ways to support the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is nationally sponsored by Sysco, American Express, Ecolab, USA Today and the National Restaurant Association. Visit