I had a nice autumn-y day in the kitchen today...
Yesterday I spent some time picking all the apples off our tree, and picking up the fallen apples off the ground. Seemed like it was time to harvest! So, I threw out all the beyond-hope apples, and kept a big bundle of salvagable apples.
This morning I peeled them and cut out the cores and all the wormy bits, to make applesauce. We have the most delicious apples. I don't know what kind they are, because the previous owners of our house planted the tree. But they are great fresh, they are great in pies, and they make delicious applesauce.
Here is the whole bucket of apples... it took a LONG time to get them all peeled and cored.
Here are the three jars of applesauce that all those apples made! I thought I would end up with more than that, but I'm not complaining. :) I used all those apples, about 1/4 t cinnamon, about 3 T maple sugar, and a little bit of water. It is so delicious.
Here are all the apples I still have left! This box was overflowing when I started... at least I made a dent!
For dinner tonight I made "Fresh Tomato & Onion Tart with Garlic-Basil Crust" from Donna Klein's new book "Vegan Italiano" and the "White Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup" from VwaV. It was a nice combo.
The topping on the tart was fantastic, but I wasn't so crazy about the crust. I cut the fat, but it was still too heavy and fatty for my tastes. I'll have to see if I can do anything with it. I love my special heart-shaped tart pan.
The soup is really nice, although next time I think I'll reduce the salt a little bit. I like the roasted garlic flavor.
By the way, I made this tart as part of my prep for an upcoming Pie Contest. My friends Scott and Nyrene hold a really great pie contest party ever fall & it is such a blast. They also have great prizes! Two years ago I won the coveted "best overall" prize with a VEGAN PIE! Last year my best friend won with a veggie pie... Each person is allowed to enter one sweet pie and one savory pie. All the elements must be homemade (no storebought crust). So, I am on the hunt for the best vegan pie recipes I can find... Any Suggestions??!! I'd love to hear them!