Lady Gaga tweeted that she was going to eat apples all day to honor Steve Jobs, the Apple visionary and founder who passed away Wednesday. I say eat apples all fall and take time to reflect on simplicity and elegance. Get started with my streamlined Apple Walnut Crumble, which is easier and healthier than apple pie. Read on for that recipe, plus the scoop on arugula, organic farming, and a new food-centric memoir.
Apple Walnut Crumble. Welcome fall with this quick, lighter version of the classic Dutch Apple Cake. It has more apples plus healthy walnuts, half the fat and flour, and less than half the sugar. Instead of wasting time peeling apples, just slice them thinly and cut the slices into bite-sized pieces. The baked peels add texture and nutrition. This recipe is a tribute to animal-lover and vegetarian Steve Jobs and to my mother-in-law, who follows Steve's advice, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."
Veg o' the Week: Arugula. This peppery green tops spinach in calcium. It also has nearly as much choline, an essential nutrient that is good for your brain and your liver. At little goes a long way, adding zing to even a thrifty menu. What to go super-thrifty? Use spinach and extra black pepper. Check out my column for recipes, tips, and to learn why arugula salad with wine would be a good lunch before a performance review, but not before a hot date.
Organic Farming more productive and profitable. The respected Rodale Institute has released the latest results from its Farming Systems Trial. This 30-year comparison of organic to conventional farming shows that organic yields match or exceed conventional yields. Organic outperforms conventional during droughts, builds the soil instead of exhausting it, and uses 45% less energy. All of this makes organic more profitable for farmers and a better approach for all of us.
Win an inspiring new memoir: Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen. Coming of age, feminism, war, exile, and cultural conflict ... and recipes. What's not to like?
Through Sunday, October 9: donate to Slow Food for a free ebook and a WAO discount. Get the new ebook Wildly Affordable, Wildly Easy $5 Feast just by donating any amount to Slow Food USA by tomorrow. And my favorite bookstore, Quail Ridge Books & Music, will give donors $5 off copies of Wildly Affordable Organic. I'll sign your copy, too, if you'd like. Donate to Slow Food USA now or read more here. Cook for Good premium members, I'll be putting up the flow chart that goes with this dinner party for you next week.
Thanks for inspiring others with your interest in healthy, sustainable food.