Seasonal Sundays (Week 42) Apple Season

Who else is leaning into apples? They're so crisp and colorful now, easy to tuck into dishes both savory and sweet. Let me inspire your week ...

Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

This week we're celebrating apples!

Because don't apples some times get short shrift?

When the large and wonderful local grocery chain (for my fellow St. Louisans, yes, that would be Schnucks) debuted a new-concept flagship store nearby a few Septembers back, I challenged the CEO who was standing by with deserved pride tempered with worry. Why, I asked, was the produce section featuring huge bins of strawberries in September?

Apple season starts in late summer, as soon as apples ripen on the trees.

But thanks to the miracle of modern storage and distribution systems, apples have become like, I dunno, bananas? oranges? Apples are everywhere all year round, pretty good and pretty inexpensive. Apples are good, sure, just not special let alone coveted.

And when the local apples ripen, there's so much fruity competition: peaches, pears, plums and even figs well into September.

And by October, well, all-things-pumpkin craziness takes hold.

What's a seasonal cook to do?

Lean into apples in October! Lean into pumpkin beginning in November! Lean into cranberries in December!

Looking over my twenty-year collection of recipes, well, I've been following this succession since the very beginning ...

Apple Recipes ♥

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

How are you celebrating, Canadian visitors? Share your gatherings, we Americans will be living vicariously for awhile longer ...

And in case anyone's still working out Thanksgiving details ...

Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus & More, organized for easy browsing & targeted searches ♥

It's Not Politics. It's Civics.
It's Like Voting Every Day. Legally.

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights.

It's time to look up, study up and speak up. Make your voice heard!

Don't get overwhelmed. None of us have to personally change the world.


Pick one thing and put it on top of your To Do List this week. Next week, add another.

Here are my suggestions. I'll be adding to this list ...

NEXT WEEK? Suggestions Welcome.

NEW THIS WEEK QUESTION YOUR OWN TRUTH One night, the light was so pretty as the sun set, the tree tops were bright with orange. Fall had arrived!

Except ... it hadn't. It was June, early June.

Instead, the long slant of the setting sun lit up the leaves, turning them fall orange.

Wouldn't you look at this photo and agree twas taken in early autumn, just as the first leaves begin to turn color?

Just look! We can see it with our very own eyes. Of course this photo was taken during fall.

But truth isn't always black or white or for that matter, green or orange. Facts can be a little slippery. Truth can be veiled by a big lie.

More than ever, it's important for us to stay engaged, listening to other points of view, discerning not "our own" truth but the real truth.

I think of this "fall" photo every time I'm ready to jump on something that's in the news, forcing myself to question something being presented as fact, remembering that news is is history's first draft. What's the source? What's the evidence? Who has what to gain by this information? Is it a developing story?

RECOMMENDED READING How Hitler's Enablers Undid Democracy in Weimar Germany, this covers a period of world history many of us have less familiarity with than the battles and Holocaust.

TWO WEEKS AGO Make Sure Your Circle Has Registration & Voting Plans Focus on voter registration and election-day voting plans for your immediate family plus some number more. Do the research, make the calls, get the links and the forms, make sure people are registered (or know how to do it) and know when/where to vote. Follow up!

Why give focus to something so basic?

  • Because voter participation is the bedrock of the operation of our democracy. It's how we make choices about the kind of country we want for ourselves and the generations that follow.
  • Because elections are organized at a local level, where you live dictates your particular voting situation. For example, where we live, the St. Louis County Election Board conducts elections for County residents.
  • Because of the 2020 Census and re-districting, district lines may have changed. You and your extended family may live in a different district than before.
  • Especially in Red States, MAGA Republicans are hell-bent to make voting harder, different, confusing and even intimidating.
  • Your usual polling place may have changed.
  • Early voting may have been eliminated. There was no early voting for the August primary but there is for the 2022 Midterms on November 8th.
  • That means Election Day lines may be longer than customary in recent years.
  • Absentee voting may still be in place but may require a permission process well in advance.
  • In-person registration on election day may be gone.
  • ID requirements may be new. Be sure to know the rules for provisional ballots.
  • Polling places may have more "election watchers" than usual, especially in states/venues with angry 2020 election deniers.

TALK TO NEW / YOUNG VOTERS Will young people come out to vote in 2022?

We're taken to talking with young voters in the family, raising key issues and how their lives and hopes and dreams and plans will be affected for decades in a way our lives won't.

Our message? Don't let older folks like us make generational decisions for younger folks like you.

Voting is just one step, albeit an important one. Get active, get organized.

THREE WEEKS AGO Educate Yourself on a Single Issue at a Time The news is a lot, no doubt. It's hard to keep up, we have lives to live. It's easy to look away, feeling helpless or even hopeless.

One way to counteract these feelings is to "clean your sink" or "make your bed".

Huh??? Well, sure, clean your kitchen sink and make your bed if you want but these are really metaphors for the idea that when you're feeling stuck, do ONE thing and have something to show for it.

This week, I suggest diving deep into a single issue, one that matters in your own life and those you love.

Two possibilities, straight from this week's headlines.

  • ENERGY Dig into some of the energy components of the vast, far-reaching Inflation Reduction Bill. I found this hour-long interview (from Preet Bahara's podcast) of U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Grandholm very, um, illuminating. What will make a difference in your own life, your kids lives, the lives of your community?

  • STUDENT LOANS This is a good place to start, educating yourself on how the Student Loan Forgiveness Plan (from the NYT, no paywall) will work. Suggestion: immerse yourself in it first, then consider your own view on its its fairness and impact, especially if someone in your circle relies on Fox for opinions.

  • Reproductive Choice? Book Bans? The J6 Committee Work? Pick just one thing that matters to you and dig in, become an expert in a way that works for you, for your own clarification, to speak confidently with others, to be able to refute hypocrisy, misinformation, disinformation and outright lies.

FOUR WEEKS AGO Lean On Historians & Thought Leaders for News Synthesis Learn from historians and thought leaders who are fighting for democracy each and every day. Many are publishing newsletters on a site called Substack. Nearly all have "free" versions (that's what I'm doing, so far) even if there are options for paid subscriptions. Just type in your email and hit subscribe. No spam, no ads, just thoughtful thinking from smart people attempting to help the U.S. save itself from authoritarian anti-democratic minority rule.

  • My #1 pick will always be the brilliant Heather Cox Richardson who has been writing Letters from an American nearly every single day since September 2019. For me, "Heather" (as we refer to her in this house) is a must-read. She cuts through the day's news and presents an interpretation in a calm, history-grounded voice, with an eye/ear for what will matter to historians in future. Facebook people, she also does twice-weekly talks/lectures: she's whip-smart, speaks in plain language without drama. Yes, I'm a big fan.
  • I also read Substack newsletters from Robert Hubbell (which originated as a source of hope and perspective for family and friends after the 2016 election and five years later, remains true to that mission) and Aaron Rupar (an independent journalist who describes himself as "fair but not impartial" and is not shy about taking mainstream media to task for "both sides-ism" and similar equivocation).
  • There's Joyce Vance in another Substack newsletter called Civil Discourse. She's a law professor, a 25-year veteran of the Department of Justice, a former U.S. Attorney, a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC – also a knitter and chicken keeper! The chicks and chicken show up every so often ...
  • There's also the so-familiar 90-year old Dan Rather in an aptly named Substack newsletter called Steady: and so it is, a place for what he calls "contemplation, empathy, learning and yes, a little humor when warranted".
  • Who's inspiring you? Please let me know!

FIVE WEEKS AGO Learn About Relational Organizing Check out and sign up for Red Wine & Blue, suburban women on a mission relating to voting rights, reproductive choice, book bans and so much more. This week I participated in a 30-minute Great Troublemaker Training Session on Zoom that introduced relational organizing aka talking to your family and friends.

SIX WEEKS AGO Communicate with Lawmakers on Timely, Targeted Issues Sign up for Chop Wood, Carry Water, a 5x weekly email, each one with targeted, timely suggestions on who to call/write/text about what, including easily adaptable scripts. I lurked for a couple of weeks but now make five-ten minutes an essential part of my day.

Seasonal Showcase: Apples! Savory to Sweet

Thick Chops with Sauerkraut & Apples ♥, a country-style skillet, easy enough for a weeknight supper, special enough for Saturday company. One of my very oldest fall recipes.

Healthy Waldorf Salad ♥, my makeover recipe, reducing calories and Weight Watchers points by almost 75%.

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color. Festive for holiday buffets and tables.

Cornmeal Muffins with Apple, another seasonal muffin ♥, studded with apple with a pretty sliver on top. Perfect for Fall Breakfasts. Autumn Comfort Food. Great for Meal Prep. No Mixer Required.

Mulled Apple Cider ♥, how to mull apple cider with fruit and spices, turning everyday supermarket-variety apple cider into something special and irresistible.
  • THE RECIPE Mulled Apple Cider Fruit and spices turn supermarket apple cider into something special and irresistible.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Glögi (Hot Red Mulled Wine) Scandinavian-style hot red wine 'mulled' with spices, fruit and for good luck, an almond.

Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp ♥, finally my perfect apple crisp, barely sweet apples firm and tart with an extra-crispy topping. It's got a secret ingredient!
  • THE RECIPE Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp My very own "perfect" recipe, barely sweet apples firm and tart, topped with an extra-crispy topping, thanks to a secret ingredient.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Estonian Apple Cake A wordly, neighborly cake

Estonian Apple Cake ♥, an easy low-calorie apple cake recipe, moist and bright with cinnamon.

But Wait, There's More!

My Favorite Apple Recipes, another seasonal recipe collection ♥ Savory & Sweet. Simple & Sumptuous.

Just Updated!

Roasted Roma Tomatoes ♥, turning plentiful, inexpensive so-so plum tomatoes into something special.

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