Tuesday, September 1, 2009

september article for tastebud magazine!

Warming Up a Fall Table
September brings a chill to the air and just as we change our wardrobe, we also change how we dress our tables. Bright citrus and cool glass containers are replaced with warm coppers, reds, oranges, woven baskets and worn metals.
This autumn table starts with layering; a wicker charger, heavy gold-toned earthenware dishes and a red checked napkin create the perfect setting for serving a fall meal. A hand-blown glass in a copper color adds to the richness of the table. Instead of a tablecloth, the dark wood table serves as a rustic backdrop.
Create the centerpiece by piling different varieties of apples and pears, all abundantly available this time of year, in a basket. Use mason jars to hold fresh cut blooms in shades of a sunset. Long lasting alstromeria (pictured), dahlias, zinnias and berries are great choices. Complete by adding the warmth of candle light by making apple votive holders. Trace the outside edge of a tea light on the top of an apple, then hollow out a section deep enough to fit the candle. Serve a hearty chicken and biscuits or homemade mac-n-cheese. For dessert pull from your centerpiece and make an old-fashioned apple crisp.
(Dishes, charger and linens found at Ranchmart Hardware.)

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp
By Ina Garten

5 pounds of apples
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp orange juice
2Tbsp lemon juice
½ C granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg

For the topping
1 ½ c all-purpose flour
¾ c granulated sugar
¾ c packed light brown sugar
½ tsp kosher salt
1 c oatmeal
½ pound cold unsalted butter, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 14 x 2” oval baking dish.
Peel, core and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine apples, zests, juices, sugar and spices. Pour into the dish.
To make topping, combine ingredients and mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.
Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for one hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm!

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my name is heather and i have three crazy, creative, funny, winey, smart, loving and sweet children (henry, charlie and lucy). we love exploring around town and playing at home. i love creating whether it is with fresh flowers, fabrics, papers or whatever inspires me on a particular day.