As Anne Shirley said, “I’m glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” It’s sweater weather again, the leaves are just beginning to turn, and the apples on our trees are turning red. It’s my favorite time of year, and not just because my birthday is this month. That helps. But fall is just so wonderful with its cool air and warm colors. And now that we’ve finally moved into the house that we’ve been renovating for nearly a year, and I have a beautiful kitchen to work in and an oven that seems to work miracles, I feel inspired to bake autumn type goodness again.
There’s an old red school house down the road from where I live (and where I grew up), where once a month, the neighborhood gathers for a potluck supper- I’ve been going since I was an infant. It’s about as wholesome as it gets. My cousin calls it “a perfect slice of Americana,” and it truly is. October is also the month where our association holds a harvest auction to raise funds for maintaining the building and paying taxes and, you know, electric bills. So everyone gathers what they’ve harvested, canned, baked, or even quilted, and brings it alongside their potluck offering. After we finish our dinner, we get to bid on the goodies.
So Saturday morning I sent the kids out to gather apples and started looking around for a recipe. I landed on not a cookbook, not a website, but a children’s book. Of course. One of our favorites, and one that I included in my Ten Favorite travel books list.
Marjorie Priceman’s How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World details the ingredients needed for an apple pie, but offers up a rather adventurous solution if one were to find the market closed. A young girl heads around the world to gather everything on her shopping list, beginning in Italy (where she’ll gather some semolina wheat), and swinging through France (for eggs), Sri Lanka (for cinnamon), England (for milk which will need to be churned into butter), Jamaica (for salt and sugar), and finally Vermont (for the apples).
It’s such a fun book, opening young eyes to a global view (there’s even a map to follow along), reminding us that food doesn’t magically come from the market.
And at the end of the book, there’s even a recipe- aha! It’s fairly simple to make ( with only the ingredients we’ve just searched out- crust and all!) and tied nicely into our need to use up apples and make something fall-ish for the school house dinner. And also read. Always.
And here were our results:
It was a hit if I do say so myself! Nice and crusty and buttery.
Boy do I love October!
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