Apples

My favorite apples are pink ladies. They have that perfect combination of sweet and tart and they are a crisp apple, not like the mushy Red Delicious. I love pink ladies and this sketch is a pink lady apple.

I was listening to something on TV and they were saying that many regions have their own apples, which I didn’t know. However, you don’t need to travel to find them, all you have to do is contact the orchard and most will gladly ship them to you.

I have over 100 filled sketchbooks and although I do have pink ladies in the fridge, I used my sketch of the pink lady apple to do this piece.

Autumn Salad

John and I have been trying to be very careful and eat healthier foods. We occasionally indulge in not so healthy foods, but ever since we discovered the Brown Derby Cobb Salad at Hollywood Studios, we realized how easy it was to make a salad a meal, and get a ton of veggies in our daily meals.

There are ingredients in the cobb salad that I’ll sub out for something healthier like the bacon or less pungent, like the blue cheese. There are so many substitutes that I have been having a lot of fun with meals these days. Turkey bacon works great and so does feta. I especially like making the salad look pretty before I toss it. I also carefully measure the dressing and I use lower fat dressings.

Cobb salad calls for red wine vinegar, which I love and I have a favorite brand, but for seasonal salads like autumn, vinegars like apple cider vinegar, give it a different twist.

This visual concoction is something I would actually prepare!

Spices

Autumn, with its soups, stews, chilis, baked dishes, roasts and other cool season foods, are flavored with fragrant spices and herbs whose aromas are the scents of the season. Spices are warm and cozy and add dimension to foods and beverages.

Wild mushrooms

I did a little research for this one. I am interested in mushrooms and even learning to forage. I know that looking for mushrooms is something that requires experience because mushrooms can be poisonous if you pick the wrong ones. I am fascinated that dogs are trained to find truffles, lol. I always thought that was a pig’s job.

Spicy cocktail

This prompt could be interpreted several ways and I opted for autumn spices.

This festive cocktail recipe, tucked away in my stash, comes from Dan Cregg and Kathryn Scinto who were the former owners of Quench Wines in Patchogue, NY.

Kathryn and Dan taught John and I a lot about wines. We found them both to be friendly and very educational. When John and I wanted to be social, we would pop in their shop where we would bump into many locals. They were more than a wine shop, they were a local hot spot.

Kathryn helped my daughter get a job in an industry that my daughter still loves. Although Dan and Kathryn have gone their separate ways, we will always have fond memories of our time with them.

This drink was one of their concoctions. There were a lot of firsts for us at Quench and pumpkin martinis were definitely a first!