Apples to Apples: Recipes with Quotes That Inspire Us

September 16, 2011

Our favorite fall fruit in the words of some of our most notable scribes and chefs combined with a collection of tempting apple recipes.

Apple Cheddar PizzaGinger Apple Stir FrySavory Apple TartApple BruschettaRoasted Butternut Squash and Apple SoupApple Puff OmeletApple Bacon PopoversApple Cranberry-Stuffed Pork ChopsMu Shu Steak and Apple WrapsFall's Favorite FruitCaramelized Apple-Onion Soup with Blue Cheese Croutons
Then he would peel apples from Normandy, and cut them into thin, even half-moons, and toss them in a bowl of white wine…beat eggs and cream and nutmeg into a custard, and fill the shallow crust half full. He took the apple slices from the bowl one by one, almost faster than we could see...and laid them in a great, beautiful whorl, from the outside to the center, as perfect as a snail shell. He did it as effortlessly as a spider spins a web. MFK Fisher Recipe: Apple Cheddar Pizza
You, first parents of the human race, who ruined yourself for an apple, what might you not have done for a truffled turkey? Brillat-Savarin Recipe: Ginger Apple Stir Fry
It should be eaten while it is yet florescent, white or creamy yellow, with the merest drip of candied juice along the edges (as if the flavor were so good to itself that its own lips watered!), of a mild and modest warmth, the sugar suggesting jelly, yet not jellied, the morsels of apple neither dissolved nor yet in original substance, but hanging as it were in a trance between the spirit and the flesh of applehood. Henry Ward Beecher Recipe: Savory Apple Tart
What can your eyes desire to see, your ears to hear, your mouth to taste, your nose to smell that is not to be had in an orchard, with abundance of variety? William Lawson of Yorkshire Recipe: Apple Bruschetta
Why do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks. A person has a right to gratify his legitimate taste. If he wants twenty or forty kinds of apples for his personal use…he should be accorded the privilege. There is merit in variety itself. It provides more contact with life, and leads away from uniformity and monotony. Liberty Hyde Baily Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
The friendly cow all red and white I love with all my heart: She gives me cream with all her might, To eat with apple-tart. Robert Louis Stevenson Recipe: Apple Puff Omelet
I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting. Mark Twain Recipe: Apple Bacon Popovers
It is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption. Edward Bunyard Recipe: Apple Cranberry-Stuffed Pork Chops
Don't get fancy. Have you cooked an apple pie? You don't know what you did wrong? Do this: Take two or three apples. Put them on a table. Study them. Paul Prudhomme Recipe: Mu Shu Steak and Apple Wraps
Few fruits are as iconic to America as the apple, a fairly ironic fact when you consider that only the crab apple is native to our shores. Nonetheless, we continue to be inspired by the fruity transplants, and the sight of apples hanging heavy on the tree is a welcome reminder that fall has returned. Here is a bounty of apple recipes paired with the equally inspiring words of some our favorite chefs and scribes.
Forever cherished be the tree, Whose apple Winter warm, Enticed to breakfast from the sky Two gabriels yestermorn. Emily Dickinson Recipe: Caramelized Apple-Onion Soup with Blue Cheese Croutons
Then he would peel apples from Normandy, and cut them into thin, even half-moons, and toss them in a bowl of white wine…beat eggs and cream and nutmeg into a custard, and fill the shallow crust half full. He took the apple slices from the bowl one by one, almost faster than we could see...and laid them in a great, beautiful whorl, from the outside to the center, as perfect as a snail shell. He did it as effortlessly as a spider spins a web.
MFK Fisher


Recipe:
 Apple Cheddar PizzaYou, first parents of the human race, who ruined yourself for an apple, what might you not have done for a truffled turkey?
Brillat-Savarin

Recipe:
 Ginger Apple Stir FryIt should be eaten while it is yet florescent, white or creamy yellow, with the merest drip of candied juice along the edges (as if the flavor were so good to itself that its own lips watered!), of a mild and modest warmth, the sugar suggesting jelly, yet not jellied, the morsels of apple neither dissolved nor yet in original substance, but hanging as it were in a trance between the spirit and the flesh of applehood. 
Henry Ward Beecher

Recipe:
 Savory Apple TartWhat can your eyes desire to see, your ears to hear, your mouth to taste, your nose to smell that is not to be had in an orchard, with abundance of variety?
William Lawson of Yorkshire

Recipe:
 Apple BruschettaWhy do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks. A person has a right to gratify his legitimate taste. If he wants twenty or forty kinds of apples for his personal use…he should be accorded the privilege.  There is merit in variety itself. It provides more contact with life, and leads away from uniformity and monotony.
Liberty Hyde Baily


Recipe:
 Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple SoupThe friendly cow all red and white    
I love with all my heart:  
She gives me cream with all her might,    
To eat with apple-tart.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Recipe:
 Apple Puff OmeletI know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and I know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.
Mark Twain

Recipe:
 Apple Bacon PopoversIt is, in my view, the duty of an apple to be crisp and crunchable, but a pear should have such a texture as leads to silent consumption.
Edward Bunyard

Recipe:
 Apple Cranberry-Stuffed Pork ChopsDon't get fancy. Have you cooked an apple pie? You don't know what you did wrong? Do this: Take two or three apples. Put them on a table. Study them. 
Paul Prudhomme


Recipe:
 Mu Shu Steak and Apple WrapsFew fruits are as iconic to America as the apple, a fairly ironic fact when you consider that only the crab apple is native to our shores. Nonetheless, we continue to be inspired by the fruity transplants, and the sight of apples hanging heavy on the tree is a welcome reminder that fall has returned. Here is a bounty of apple recipes paired with the equally inspiring words of some our favorite chefs and scribes.Forever cherished be the tree, 
Whose apple Winter warm, 
Enticed to breakfast from the sky
Two gabriels yestermorn.
Emily Dickinson


Recipe:
 Caramelized Apple-Onion Soup with Blue Cheese Croutons
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn
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