Cherry Saturday, Oct 21, 2017

Today is Apple Day.  

I have a thing for apples.  They’re the only fruit I can eat without gagging.  No, I don’t know why, but it means that even though I’m not a huge fan of apples (like I am for, say, chocolate), I quarter one every morning and eat it so I can feel virtuous about eating fruit.  Also, apples are pretty good.  Also pumpkin (is that a fruit or a vegetable?*) but it’s hard to quarter a pumpkin and eat if for breakfast while you’re half asleep.  

An apple a day keeps the HMO away.  Also known as the Republican Health Plan.  Eat an apple.

*I googled, it’s a fruit.  Amazingly, so are tomatoes, peppers, and beans.  Turns out I love fruit.  Who knew?

Site Note: Yes, we know the site keeps going down.  The host will either fix it or we’ll move everything again.  Argh.

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22 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, Oct 21, 2017

  1. Lol. The site issues made me hope it’d be live today.

    This apple seems apropos. I have good news and bad news. The dentist says that I don’t have cavities but I have been clenching my jaw so much that they need to do a build up on my teeth. He’s working on a treatment plan. BUT YAY, NO CAVITIES.

    I love sweet fruit. I also have a bit of a problem where if I don’t eat slowly I sort’ve have that gagging feeling. I think that it’s the fruit juice and fruit solids going down simultaneously, causing a mini choke.

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  2. Many years ago (40) I had TMJ and the dentist made a mouthpiece to stop me from clenching my jaw to the tune of $250 plus office visits, we didn’t have dental insurance at the time. Shortly after my son joined hockey and in the process of getting hockey equipment we had to get him a mouth guard. Imagine my surprise when we went to the sports shop and found mouth guards that you fit with a little ingenuity at a reasonable expense.
    This week my husband made baked apples with raisins and brown sugar for the filling then topped with a scoop of ice cream for me and yogurt for him.

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  3. Now I want to have some sort of baked apple thing for breakfast. But it’s cold cereal and a trip up to the Getty Villa for a class on mosaic making because, although I don’t think I need to know anything more about it for my book, the Girls insist. Fruit mosaics are a thing, as I recall. Wonder if there’s a fruit mosaic in my future?

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    1. Ohhh. I have always wanted to try my hand at mosaic making. I never have because I work at too many things now. I have tried hand-building, throwing pottery, incising pottery, metal sculpture, casting bronze, welding, embroidery (I know over 100 stitches, maybe 200), painting acrylic, oil, watercolor, house – including various special techniques, ad infinitum. I am reasonable good at all of them, but I excel at none of them, except the embroidery which I have lost interest in. (Short attention span).

      But I can just imagine doing a mosaic on one of my floors or walls.

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  4. Portland Nursery is having its annual apple tasting this weekend. There are probably 50 to a hundred varieties. Not just heirloom but lots of newly developed strains too. Also some pears for tasting and asian apples. Since every second person in Portland is a food fetishist, so you can’t park within blocks of the place, rain or no rain.

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  5. I have some apples that aren’t quite good enough for eating out of hand, and was thinking about turning them into compote to go with pancakes. Maybe that’s this weekend’s project.

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  6. I’m planning on making an apple pie to celebrate. Well, I was planning on making an apple pie last weekend, but I will actually do it today, because it’s cold and rainy out, and cozy inside my kitchen.

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  7. Apples are great – they are a very low maintenance fruit. Easy to clean and cut, and they can sit in my fridge for a couple weeks without spoiling. I chop them up and put them in salads so there’s something sweet.

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  8. Avocados are also a fruit. Just so you know. (My cat Magic loves fruit, especially berries, but also tomatoes and avocados, because she is that smart. I call her my little fruit bat.)

    I have two golden delicious trees that were here when I bought the house. I don’t treat them in any way (other than to trim them and occasionally talk nicely to them) and so the fruit is rather ugly, but pretty tasty. I just made about three crockpot loads of applesauce.

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      1. I had a cat who loved corn on the cob. I never actually saw him eat much although he would gnaw on it like a chew toy. The other cats would approach the him and his corn cob and he would give the threatening “get away from my food” growl and they would walk away trying to figure out where the treat was. He would drag it all over the house. He also liked to eat asparagus, just the stalks, not the tips, and not raw.

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  9. Now I want applesauce. Hot. With cinnamon. I’ve got a stupid cold, with sore throat, thanks to sitting between a pair of sniffling, sneezing hackers on a flight home on Wednesday, and reduced immune system after too much stress and travel the previous three weeks. But hot cinnamon applesauce — yum. Time to go chop up some apples and toss them into a Crock-Pot.

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  10. Apples are not a favorite with my household, when I buy them they grow old in the fruit bowl. Make an apple sharlotka though and whoosh, gone. Easiest cake I know and huge favorite with … every one I’ve ever given any to. Even me and I don’t usually like cake.

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  11. Generally speaking, if it has seeds, it is botanically a fruit.

    Every fall, we take a Saturday and go to North Carolina to visit our favorite apple vendor. We come home with several varieties and I go on a baking spree ending with making our annual supply of apple butter.

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  12. Yesterday at our garden association fundraiser, a bakery booth gave kids (yellow wristbands) a small pie pan of dough into which a server would deposit a scoopful of apple filling, and the kid put a dough cover over the glop. Decorate top with cutouts or doughy decoration, lug home and bake. Big hit. Some adults (purple wristbands) tried to muscle in on the action. Fruitlessly.

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  13. Pumpkins are an argument waiting to happen. Not quite as polarizing as the tomato issue, but it’s still there. I’ve heard TWICE from Japanese kids that watermelons are vegetables, but I can’t seem to pin their teachers down on this issue.

    Apples, on the other hand, are love! We’ve got Akane right now, which are snow-white on the inside, and bright red on the outside. They taste like apples and are both sweet and tart. Wonderful eating apples! I’ve been taking one to school each day and eating them as lunch dessert. (The only thing I like better are pears, and maybe dark, round plums.) Great time of year!

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    1. Are melons and squash in the same family? They both have the same kind of growing patterns. That could contribute to the confusion. Of course, this makes squash a fruit too and not a vegetable.

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      1. I think they must be vaguely related. Aren’t they all cucurbits? And I agree, that makes ’em fruit (scientifically) but culinarily, melons are fruits and squash are vegetables for the most part. Pumpkin pie.

        My goodness, sometimes I’m glad I’m not in charge of the world! I’d get stuck making decisions in the produce section and never get around to the important stuff.

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