Sunday, September 27, 2009

October Apple Fest In Virginia




Monday Morning Blog


It's apple time in Virginia. Crisp, juicy, sweet - tart apples.

Apples are loaded with everything healthy so tuck them into lunch boxes, mix them into salads and serve them in desserts. You just can't get too many apples this time of year!

Celebrate October with an apple fest. Invite the neighbors and gather the clan. Dish up some delightfully, apple-licious treats to tempt your guests and tickle their palates.


October Virginia Apple Fest Menu

Mulled Cider Toddies (for the adults)
Steaming Spiced Cider (for the children)
Baked Virginia Ham with Hunt Country Apple Chutney
Roasted Butternut Squash
Garlic Green Beans
Whole Wheat Biscuits
Creamery Butter
Local Harvest Virginia Red Wine
Rustic Apple Tart with Lemon Ginger Ice Cream
French Roast Coffee
Orange Spice Tea


Hunt Country Apple Chutney
Serve hot or cold with ham, pork and game.

Makes about 3 cups

4 cups apples (peeled, cored and cut into random 3/8 inch pieces)
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons grated fresh orange rind (no white pith)
2 ¼ cups sugar
¼ cup apple cider vinegar (5% acid strength)
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend

Combine all ingredients in a large skillet (not cast iron). Cover. Bring to boil on high. Boil 1 minute. Remove cover. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until apples are translucent and mixture is syrupy - 10-15 minutes for soft apples, longer for firm apples.

Cook's tip: Firm apples like Granny Smith will hold their shape after cooking yielding chunky chutney. Soft apples like Macintosh or yellow delicious will yield a more mashed consistency.

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