What do you do when you have about 15 pounds of pumpkin leftover? That is the question I asked myself as I looked down at the MASSIVE amount of pumpkin on my kitchen counter. What happened is I needed some pumpkin for a venison and pumpkin stew I wanted to make, and I only needed 3 or 4 pounds. But it turns out that on the day before Halloween, the only pumpkins in the store are big carving pumpkins (from local farmers, I was happy to see).
For me, it just wouldn’t be autumn in Virginia without a trip to the orchard to pick apples. I love the taste of a crunchy apple plucked right from the tree. I adore the sounds of kids running through the orchard, squealing with delight as they find another one. And, of course, I love all the wonderful things I can make with those apples.