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michigan apples

It’s that time of year again! Max, Eitan, Joanna and I went apple and raspberry picking on Saturday morning. It was a gorgeous day and the trees were bursting with apples. The orchard we went to was unfortunately not organic (I’m not sure if there are any organic apple orchards around these parts), and you could see the pesticide residue on many of the apples. It made me very nervous, and I did my best not to touch my face or put my fingers in my mouth (read: eat with my hands) until after I got home and had a chance to wash them. I don’t know anything about the kinds of pesticides that growers use on apples now, and while they may be less toxic than they were in the days of alar, I didn’t want to take any chances. It was kind of frightening, though, to see the number of children whose parents were allowing them to eat right from the tree…

After stuffing ourselves with cinnamon-sugar donuts and cider, we returned home to prepare for Sunday brunch. Our first brunch with a theme (apples): apples & brie, apple pancakes, crepes with applesauce, apple cake with caramel sauce, bread with apple butter, as well as a vegetable frittata, savory crepes, and applewood smoked bacon…and it was ridiculously delicious. As was the caramel apple ice cream we just finished making. Mmm.

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battle fruit monkey

fmonkeys.jpgThe challenge: who can carve the better fruit monkey from a cantalope.  The stakes: steak.  Myself and my friend Tucker went head to head last week, and produced the two wee little monkeys that you see before you.  Neither of us had experience at carving anything out of fruit, but as you can tell we both have considerable skills in this department.  The monkeys were put to the test through an anonymous vote at work, and I am happy to report that i trounced sweet, unsuspecting Tucker and won the challenge 11-8.  Mmmm, steak.  I won’t tell you which is mine, though, because I think it ruins the fun.  They certainly look like good buddies though, don’t they?

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