Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Apple Picking Time

Autumn is here!!!

I think that the leaves are turning a week or so early, this year, because of the drought. However, finally, we've had two lovely days of soaking rain. It was glorious! The grass is starting to be green and glowing again.

A week ago, my sister came by to pick some apples to make apple chutney for Rose Arbour. We had a lovely time picking and I thought that perhaps it's time for me to share the recipe for apple cheddar quiche.

(Suzy took this photo with my camera =])

Apple Cheddar Quiche

- 3 cooking apples (peeled, cored and cut into chunks) and 3 Tb butter to saute them with
- 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar (grated)

- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup half and half
- 4 eggs, 2 yolks
(all lightly whisked together)

- cinnamon sugar and salt

- pie crust (I like Pillsbury's refrigerated dough for ease but there is a gorgeous whole wheat recipe in the Silver Palate cookbook if you're lucky enough to own it)

1)  Saute apples in 3 TB butter until softened but still firm (about 5 minutes)

2)  Put pie crust in pie or tart dish

3)  layer apples, grated cheddar and egg mixture.

4)  shake some salt over all and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

Bake at 350 degrees for around 45 minutes or so. The center should be definitely set but not cooked all the way through. Let stand for 15 minutes to finish cooking and to firm up.


By the way, can you peel an apple all in one go without breaking the skin? You could if you'd done it as many times as I have when I was working at Rose Arbour! hee hee!

One of my absolutely favorite smells is the aroma of apples cooking in butter.


How does one blog a smell?

     Speaking of quiche...... perhaps this is a good time to tell you about the fate of the mammoth egg. Well, I kept it, I couldn't bear to harm it - it was such a work of art. After a short while, however, it began to occur to me that this had the potential of being a wretched idea. I began to have dreams of photographing it on a silk pillow or under glass before I cooked it. Then, one of our hens laid a tiny egg and, of course,  I just had to photograph them together. However, one day, I came into the kitchen a moment too late. Mammoth was scrambled and the little one cracked in the trash. I guess that Tom had a right to eat it. After all, he really is the chicken farmer around here! Oh, well! He reports that it was indeed a double yolk; so, for those of you who were wondering about the fate of our incredible egg, that was it!

I must say, though, there is nothing like a quiche made with your own super fresh eggs!


  1. I couldn't agree more Katy. You have some beautiful images of autumn here. Such a gorgeous place you live in too. Truly lovely x

  2. What a find!!! Tonight's dinner!
    This sounds so good, and I was trying to figure out what I'd make for dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing!
    That last shot? GORGEOUS!!!!

  3. I really really like the things i see today......lovely post and hugs from me.............

  4. Oh, Katy...what a beautiful post; sharing the essence of our Vermont Autumn! Love this :)

  5. Oh wow!! this looks delish!!! it seems simple to make which is my style!! I will have to try this soon. Thanks for the I'm totally craving this.

  6. Ah ... I can smell it from here. This would make another lovely Simple Pleasures post. Would love you to link up later this evening.

  7. Dearest Katy, If ever there wwas a time of year which would entice me into the kitchen it would be autumn since this alwasys seems the perfect time for cosy evenings around the fire and wonderful scents of home baking. And so it must be 'In the Sunny Spot' with that most delicious looking quiche.

    However, in Maida Vale, the kitchen remains a foreign land, but an all day fire and the gathering of apples from the single tree are indeed signs that autumn has arrived.

  8. Lovely photos, can't wait to try the recipe!

  9. Mmmmm, I may not be able to smell it, but it's still making my mouth water... lol! Beautiful images, Katy!

  10. Dearest Katy Noelle,

    You are quite an artist with your camera and in the kitchen as well! Too bad that both of us cannot have the egg yolks due to a strict diet. But so far I've been successful at substituting them with the Kirkland Real Egg product from Costco. So not all is lost...
    Enjoy your early fall. Here the same is true for the drought, on top of the heat we had all of September except the last couple of days. Yesterday was sunny but today again some rain. We needed that!
    Did you see my last days' blogs? Showed the home and also our felines... Have a look!

    Greetings from Georgia,


  11. Hello Dear Katy Noelle,
    This apple pie looks appetizing. I never eaten apples and Cheddar together. I must try.
    Thank you to share this recipe.

    The picture of autum foliage makes me dream of New England.

  12. Hi Katy Noelle,

    I think your photos are getting better and better!! The image of the trees with the coloured leaves and the reflection in the water is very pretty, so are the photos with the apples. They are full of the autumn spirit!

    I am glad the rain I sent over to you has finally arrived ;-). We had a sunny day yesterday, which I enjoyed very much. I went out to find a present for Jan's birthday, which is next week.

    Your quiche sounds/looks very good. I have never tried an apple quiche before!

    I just notice your new blog in the, how do you manage to keep two blogs! I am going to have a look :-)!!

    Enjoy your day!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

  13. Dear Katy,
    what lovely pictures! Vermont is one of the places I'd like to go still in this life.
    I just discovered your blog and signed in as a reader. Even though I haven't got enough time to read all your older posts right now, I'm putting you on my bloglist, too, looking forward to read more of you very soon!

    Have a nice week-end,

  14. Katy - Wanted you to know I tried this, and it was fantastic!!!
    Thanks once again.

  15. Your apples are so beautiful Katy ~ the naughty birds pecked and ate all my apples. I think I got a bite out of one. I think I would make apple crumble if I had some lovely apples such as yours ~ perhaps a trip to the farmer's market tomorrow is in order. :)

    xo Catherine

  16. hi katy!

    beautiful photos, as always! i am so ready to go apple picking. i have a great recipe for crisp on my lower sidebar, if interested. it's got double the crisp.

    {why is all food so yummy?}

    have a great weekend!


  17. katy........the foliage/river picture is incredible!! (as are all of your pics!)
    judy lidie

  18. What beautiful pictures! I MUST visit Vermont someday... For now, I'm going to get the freshest apples I can find and make your delicious-looking quiche! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  19. apple quiche... hmm that sounds interesting. i might just have to try that one.

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  21. Hi Katy,
    My childhood friend and I took our third trip together along with our moms to New England and went to Rose Arbour once again. We LOVE this quiche...always get it and vote it as best lunch of the trip! So I'm so happy to get the recipe and am looking forward to making it myself :) Enjoying your blog and beautiful pictures! By the way, my friend goes to Lake Avenue and knows one of your friends from there.

  22. Your autumn shot is absolutely lovely...and exactly how I picture autumn in Vermont!!!


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