|In praise of New England Fall Bounty
||[Oct. 19th, 2007|08:35 am]
Oh, sure you're waiting to hear about pumpkins and squash and chestnuts and cranberries...but that's not what I drag back from New England. I can actually get all of that stuff down here. |
Sadly, the apple cider doughnuts have been completely consumed. They were good, although I have to say that I miss the days when I could buy the apple cider ones at Lyman's and the pumpkin ones at the Durham Bakery (which is long gone out of business). It was fall embodied in sugar and fat. Mmm.
And also fall-appropriate, I brought home a bushel of apples. Macoun. A variety that down here if you see them at all, they're all MacIntoshy...too mushy and not sweet enough. A real Macoun should snap! when you bite it and be fairly tart and sweet. I have some of them left...but they're going fast.
But the real bounty: Kielbasa and Italian sausage. I don't quite understand, this being a hotbed of nationalities, why I can't get a freaking Kielbasa here, but...I can't. So, I bring home a half a dozen rings every time I'm up there. And Lino's sausage...sure you can get some decent Italian sausage down here, but not the coarse-textured, hand stuffed (you know, 'cause it's all uneven, and half falling out when you cut the links apart...which means you get those fabulous little sausage cracklings in the pan that are so worth burning the crap out of your fingers to fish out and eat before anyone else catches you bogarting them) kind that remind me of childhood.
And I was able to score some Nodine's sausage locally without having to haul my butt to Goshen (which I'll do at Christmas so that I can get their Juniper bacon to make choucroute garnie after the new year) to get some. Sadly, I'd already laid in a good quantity of Niman Ranch bacon in the freezer, which is really, really good, but not AS good as Nodines. See, now that I'm thinking about it...I don't know if I can wait for December...thank goodness for the internet!