going apple picking

September 18, 2008 |  Category:   life


Funny, but before I had kids, I never went fruit picking. It never even occurred to me that this was something to do for a leisure activity (and before someone calls me a city kid, I did spend one summer in Maine commercially blueberry picking). But suddenly you have kids and you’re picking apples, peaches and raspberries and going to pumpkin patches, riding bales of hay on a tractor. I know Mark hasn’t been posting recipes at quite the same clip as when we first started this blog. He’s still been cooking, of course, and we’ve still been eating, but there is less time these days for more elaborate dinners. Even more so than when he used to work a full time job, he’s been throwing together improvised meals because we’ve been so busy, and even when something comes out totally delicious, he’s hasn’t had the time to remember and write down what he did. But I do hope that we can get some recipes up for anything we might make with apples once we get back from the weekend. Anyone have some favorite recipes they care to share?

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  • paige September 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    One of my favorite easy meals involves slicing and buttering a loaf of french bread and then making sandwiches of shredded rotisserie chicken meat, sliced granny smiths, and blue cheese crumbles. Put them in the oven for 10 min at 350 and then flip for another 10 minutes. It’s delicious and easy….and can also be made in pasta form.

  • joni September 18, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    noodles, whether pasta, spaghetti, soba, anything. a broth can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days and all you do is heat it and add noodles and vegetables and voila…dinner

  • selkie September 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Along with fruit picking came outdoor fires, when I had kids. The best apples I EVER had were cored, stuffed with butter/brown sugar/raisin mix, wrapped well in heavy duty tinfoil, and nestled into the fire coals until soft. We do it with sweet potatoes too. Now I live with a firepit in the front yard, but for years we did fires on our city porch in a BBQ. The neighbors thought we were crazy, but the kids loved it, feeding small sticks in that we had collected at the park. Almost as good as a campfire.

  • Jamie September 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    This photo is really cute. I love that there is a banana thrown in the mix!