The news around these parts is that the farmers saw frost last Saturday night. While many fall crops welcome the cold because it sweetens their flavor, it is the end for others. Enjoy those summer tomatoes, because they’re about to disappear until next year.
Those of us living in town saw no signs of frost at all. I had never heard that a full moon can affect the frost until about a week ago. Without going into the science of it, the theory is that if cold weather and a full moon coincide, a frost is more likely to occur than low temperatures alone.
I love Fall even if it does mean Winter is next. With everyone back in school and the days growing shorter, the Friday night traffic to the school for football games has gotten thick and the weekend activity at the orchards is booming. Still Standing, our House Band was at Apple Jacks Orchard on Sunday with a small but loyal crowd of Three Crows refugees holding down the front rows. I always like a ritual trip to the orchard in the Fall to soak up the memories the apple-y smells evoke and with one under my belt already, I think I might have time to fit two trips in this year.
And if one is going to go the orchard, it's a given that one is going to bring home apples and then you will want to make a “Crumble”. The recipe is another one from Nesa who taught us marvelous basic recipes while we were in France this summer. I’m including it here. It can be adapted to any fruit (she used bananas, yes bananas). I think it’s worth memorizing. How much you make will depend on the size of your ovenproof dish. A cup of butter, a cup of sugar and 2 cups of flour is always a good place to start for a family size.
The ratio: 1:1:2
Butter- melted 1 part
Sugar- 1 part
Flour- 2 parts
Add cinnamon, nuts and vanilla if desired. (with Nesa’s sliced bananas, she added almonds, cinnamon and raisins)
Mix dough. It should not be sticky so if it is, add flour a little bit at a time until the mixture gets crumbly.
Mix fruit into the dough or pat half of dough into the bottom of a glass pan, add fruit, then more crumbles patted on top but let the fruit show through. Bake in a medium (350) oven until done (when the fruit bubbles and the top is browned a bit).
If you have leftover crumble, count yourself lucky and refrigerate or freeze the extra to use another day. You can make another crumble or a tart ( press firmly only as a bottom crust and maybe a glaze on the fruit arranged in a pleasing manner) or use it as a streusel topping on muffins or cake.
This Saturday is the Delano Heritage Festival. This is truly a community wide celebration and will include things of interest for the whole family. It will stretch from the Senior Center, down Bridge and to the Riverside Commons. It starts at 9 AM and will go until 3 PM. Come with an appliance and participate in the Appliance Parade at noon (meet at the stage) . Bring a story and share it at the recording booth at the Senior Center. Or pick up clues at the Senior Center or at the Historical Society Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delano-Franklin-Township-Area-Historical-Society-of-Minnesota/137730329626013 for the the Granite Nugget Hunt. There will be art and food, a petting zoo and jump thingy. The Boy and Girl Scouts will be there, also a talent stage and the Climb Theater…. AND we will be serving coffee at the Market along with coffee beans to sell. Well it’s simply not to be missed, so come on down.
Enjoy the week,