Favorites List (September 2011)

Favorites List (September 2011)

I'm sitting here eating the best apple I've ever tasted. At a glance, it's not much of a looker. The skin is a queasy shade of yellow-green, and overall its shape seems awkward and (quite frankly) out of balance. But a single bite reveals an electric pink flesh, patterned like one of my grade school tie-dye projects. It's bracingly tart, and effusively fragrant. Are we really on October's doorstep? This apple says yes. Unbelievable. I'm not complaining, I actually love this time of year - the markets, the weather, the apples, all of it. But, this year has gone by so fast. Anyway, I wanted to sneak this favorites list in before we lose September entirely. Hope all of you are looking forward to fall as much as I am.

- Hope to stay here someday.

- This article about strandbeests.

- We heart Pia

- Jo Gordon

- Super cute sketch series - Musicians on Tour

- Just ordered this.

- Love having Dorie in my kitchen - watched every video in this.

- Love this illustration.

- Enjoying cooking from this classic.

- Baker's Notes!

- Great idea :)

- Wrapping supplies :) these too!

- ballet pink

- Striped washcloths

- Ten Amazing Public Pools (via A Cup of Jo)

- This cracked me up.

Promise to be back a bit later in the week with a proper recipe. -h

Lead photo: poppies from the Saturday market.

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You know how to make people want to eat an apple. I love this time of year too, the beautiful harvests, colors, and fresh produce! I’ve been up to my ears in zucchini, it’s fun trying to creatively use it up. Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

I love your favorites list! That pink leather clutch looks so cute, and that hotel in Mexico looks like a dream destination. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

Anjali Shah @ The Picky Eater

This brings to mind Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire. Thanks for the links. Those Strandbeests - wow!


I went to Sayulita for the first time in June. I loved it. I stayed at a different hotel (La Casona) but walked by Hafa to check it out. I think I'll stay there next time I go. It's a surfing town.


Love those hand towels. Also, having Dorie in your kitchen is always a good idea :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Wow... that's an ode to an apple if I've ever seen one.


I am the only one who's not looking forward to fall. I'd take 85F and sunny all year :)

But I adore this list and thanks for all the awesome links!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Oh my gosh! Subscribing to Baker's Notes right this second! Also, man and I planned a trip to Barton Springs in Austin pretty much right after seeing it in Tree of Life.


I love the simplicity of the Celine clutch illustration. Sometimes all you need is a few strokes of watercolor. Thank you for the links. I'm eager to finish clicking through them while drinking my morning coffee.


I also enjoy this time of the year very much, there is something very charming in the yellow leaves, the weather is not cold , neither hot, but chilly in the morning, and the expectation of Christmas - yes, it is a good time!


I could unhinge my jaw simply based on the DESCRIPTION of that apple.

How 'bout them apples?!

Just kidding.

I'm sorry.

Bev Weidner

Sounds like an heirloom apple we have growing in our Orchard called 'Sops of Wine' :) Do you know if that is what it was?


So many of these were lovely finds--thanks for sharing! Am loving the dream of staying at Hafa Sayulita, perusing the Oxford beer companion, and taking those cooking classes.


Your post begs the questions...what variety of apple were you eating? It sounds heavenly!

HS: For some reason I'm blanking - but I'm 98% sure it was a Pink Pearl.


If you like Garret Oliver's beer book you might also like this one The Great American Ale Trail written by my friend Christian DeBenedetti. It's a good travel companion.
Wonderful list Heidi, btw. Thanks!

Katherine Deumling

My wife and I love your blog and trying all of your new items. We live in MN and are fortunate to have good apples grown locally here. I was also privileged to eat the best apple I've ever had recently...it was the new "SweetTango" variety produced by the University of MN (where I am in grad school). If you have the opportunity, I would definitely recommend them!

Greg Sindberg

Don't know if you have them over there, but my absolute favourite apple will soon be in season - and it's a short season - the Egremont Russet, which is a rusty brown colour through to greenish and tastes wonderfully nutty.. It could only be Autumn!

Janette Kidd

We're in Scotland, by the way!

Janette Kidd

Hi Heidi, I can really relate to your recent post. Was it a Pink Pearl apple? I was jealous last month when I learned about them as they are typically found on the West Coast. Then, on Friday, I had the pleasure of picking some off a tree in Northern Mass. where many heirloom varieties grow. Cutting them up for eating and a tarte, I just marveled in the gorgeous bright pink interior. After picking a massive basket of about 40+ heirloom apples, I've been browsing your recipe list for recipes to showcase these wonderful apples.

HS: I think it was Victoria! :)


We have tons of Seckel pears, and I made your pear cake from the archives. So easy and good! http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000725.html


Thank you SO much for adding Henry's craiglists posting to your faves list. It has made my day, so funny!!!


Heidi, Thanks so much for sharing the article on Theo Jansen. We live in Scheveningen, saw his latest efforts, but missed the NYer article. Wonderful to hear he's getting this kind of coverage.


This list is so inspiring. In fact, there are so many incredibly inspiring, vastly different directions here that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed!

Charlotte au Chocolat

H - I was just looking for a surf spot to hit over christmas - mexico might be just the place! also, as you think about fall meals, i'd love to see you whip up a good meat-free "meatloaf". Happy fall. Noelle

Noelle @ Green Lemonade

I love this time of the year and my absolutely favorite eating apple variety is Honeycrisp! What is thw variety you were eating? I love your blog!


You are an incredible writer. Reading your description of that apple made me want to eat it so badly, and gave me a perfect mental image of what it looked like and how it crunched. Very impressive - not many people can write like that.

Toni - Not Yet A Mommy Blog

I got married in Sayulita and would love to return to that great little spot on the beach. Cracked up at the Craigslist add. Good finds Heidi!


I was absolutely FASCINATED with the Strandbeests - thanks!!!


I'm so happy to find Theo Jansen in your favorites! His work is truly inspiring! Did you know you can own your own mini Strandbeest?
If you have time check out my post on this crazy genius.
and don't forget his amazing TED talk!


Mmm I really want an apple now. One of my favorite fall activities in the Midwest was to go to the apple orchards. I miss those days!


Oh I love this time of year. Right now I'm taking a break while my first batch of apple butter (highly spiced and with just a touch of maple syrup) for this season is processing. That apple sounds like one I'll definitely have to look for in the future. I love tart crisp apples.


What is the name of the apple you lied?
Thank you.


Love these lists, Heidi--but just one small request? Could you possibly set the links in these lists to open in a new tab? I love them but I always find it easier to keep them open to browse through later or save/bookmark when they're in their own tabs. Cheers--happy October :)


Please, please tell us the name of that wonderful sounding apple. You paint masterpieces with your words!!!

E. "Sue" Brown

Thank you so much for sharing. I love the Sep list. Just love it! Can't wait for the next list and recipes :)


Thanks Heidi - I always enjoy your lists. Love the wrapping supplies!

Kelly at Inspired Edibles

Hi Heidi,
I love your books and blog! I have a question for you. I live in England and quinces are now ready. I have made quince jelly to last until next year, we love it with Manchego cheese. I have also tried your quince cake from one of your books. Any other ideas?


Ballet pink seems to be the "it" color this season. I just looked through a bunch of catalogs yesterday and saw it in shoes, etc. That clutch is especially sweet.

HS: L, I promise to accessorize in ballet pink for the next cabin trip. But only if Lisa joins me.


Great list, as always! And now you've got me seriously craving an apple, which I guess all things considered isn't the worst craving to be having :)

Kathryn | Dramatic Pancake

I so wish I had an iPad so I could have Dorie's new app. And that article about strandbeets is so fascinating. Thanks for all these links. Your favorites lists are always so entertaining.

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen

"poppies from the Saturday market" is on MY favorite list! what a beautiful photo!

dania @ the cookery

That craigslist post is funny!

Here is a great one I came across this week...pure gold!!!


HS: Brilliant. And a little gross. But I totally laughed out loud at points. :)


I love the strandbeests! I think I could watch them all day.


This photo is dreamy gorgeous.


ohh yes, Pink Pearls - we have a tree in our backyard, and they're my absolute favorite variety of apple, no questions asked (although local Gravensteins are pretty damn good as well).
Can't believe we're nearly in October... time goes by far too fast.


check out those pool photos!! Just finally got around to ordering a copy of Supernatural. Some great news things to try. The Mexican Crema Corn will be the first..

adam and theresa

i love these lists (and dorie)! thought you might be into this new project:


Hi Heidi, Do you think that you will open your own cafe or bakery someday? I hope so! It isn't so hard... Love and light.

Charlotte G

why stay at hafa in sayulita when you could stay at haramara? I never want to stay anywhere else, now.


"Bracingly tart," yes please! I always, always look forward to your favorites list and this one's no exception.


What kind of apple were you eating?


Your photos are beautiful - makes me want to get a better camera! I had an apple in my salad tonight... this is also my favorite time of the year. So much stimulus, yet so calming and comforting.

Jill @ 42potatoes

Ha ha. There are two of those public pools that I have gone to, in a bathing suit, ready to go and something went wrong. The Berlin pool I think had a crazy long line and the Austin pool was closed for cleaning!


What a weird post for Google Ads to keep trying to link me to! This has appeared consistently in my Gmail ads for the last few days! It's a fine blog post for your regular readers, but as the target of an ad I don't understand its purpose.


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I'm so glad to see Scratch Bakery (and their Baker's Notes) get some pub! I was in their store last weekend, and considered buying a hard copy of this issue. As I settled for sea salt shortbread instead, seeing it advertised here is the next best thing.

Way to go Maine, woop woop!


Neat to see the towels from Terrain, which is minutes from my home. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area (west about 40 minutes drive), they have a really beautiful and tasty cafe. Excellent for brunch!


The maple pie recipe is exquisite, especially as I'm in the UK and you Americans seem to know about recipes with maple - I love the syrup with pancakes and bacon, a habit I acquired 20 years ago for Sunday mornings when I was in Florida. Great site will read more!


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