Beth’s second post

Beth’s Second Post

I’ll bet you didn’t know that some of the best apples are grown right here in the Heart of America.  Missouri ranks 20th in commercial apple production.  As you drive along the Missouri River bluffs, you’ll see apple orchards planted on the slopes for good airflow and drainage and hopefully for protection from early spring frost.  Head west into Kansas and more orchards can be found.  Just a few miles south of Kansas City is a wonderful, family-run orchard that is adult and kid friendly. Check out http://www.wagonwheelorchard.com

This fall, make some applesauce. It is so easy and goes great with brisket, chicken and pork. No need to core apples or peel.  Just cut around the core in four swipes. Chop into hunks and bring to a boil with a tablespoon or so of water.  Simmer until mushy and smash with a potato masher. We like ours virgin meaning no sugar, cinnamon or nutmeg.

Delia Levy recommends cutting a small acorn squash in half lengthwise. Remove sends and strings. Parboil, then place in pan with just enough water to cover bottom. Bake in slow oven until soft. Into each half, place 1 teas. butter and 1 Tbs. brown sugar, then fill with hot applesauce and top with tart currant jelly.

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