It was so hot in Beijing I was unprepared for the cooler weather that has arrived in Rochester. Paired with the arrival of Labor Day I suddenly feel as though fall is being foisted upon me. Rather than feeling sad summer is over I am trying to embrace all the things I love about fall. Like apples.
Which I made into apple pies I made last year.
and applesauce too.
I am stalking the orchard websites for my favorite Honeycrisp picking times. I am also interested in the apple variety that the local orchard is preparing for 2009... Chestnut Crab - Small and sometimes quite russetted and ugly, this cute little crab packs great flavor and surprising juiciness. Sliced with cheese it's quite wonderful. More than just a gnome-like novelty, Chestnut is a cult favorite in Minnesota, where it was introduced in 1949.