Apples are the quintessential start of fall for me and their skin is said to be a predictor of what kind of winter we will have. A thick skin means a cold winter as nature prepares them for the weather to come. The smell of an apple brings about memories of Vermont trips for foliage and tastes of apple delicacies like cider doughnuts, apple pie and fresh pressed ciders. Here on Cape Cod we can get a touch of Vermont on Route 6a without the mountains but beaches instead. We have lots of great gift and specialities shops along the way and lots of great restaurants to satisfy a traveling soul. For fresh produce you can't beat the Crow's Farm in Sandwich and Cape Abilities in Dennis which are two of my favorite farmstands which are both on the scenic route 6a. But after a day of sight seeing and checking out all of your new found shops, you will surely get inspired and be wanting to cook. I found a great cookbook for apple cooking called Apples From Harvest to Table by Amy Pennington which includes lots of great easy healthy recipes. One of my favorites is a Sweet Potato, Thyme and Apple Hash with Egg Baskets which is delicious change on breakfast with an egg or two served up in the middle of a savory sweet potato and apple hash. There are other great recipes too like Hard Cider Braised Ribs with Apple Slaw and an Apple Almond Tart that is totally delicious as well as many more. Apples are an amazing taste adventure with great health benefits and a great flavor enhancer to all your great recipes new and old. So get out there and savor the flavors of fall and share if you would like a favorite spot, shop, recipe or restaurant that inpsired you this fall.
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