Sometimes I miss the midwest. I miss Wisconsin and Indiana and Michigan (Illinois, notsomuch - sorry Chicago traffic). Don't get me wrong, I love North Carolina. But there's been more of an adjustment period to moving out of the midwest to the southeast than I was expecting. First was the ohmygod it's so hot here! This was followed a couple of months later with what the hell, it's still hot here! Once I got over the fact that it was, in fact, really effing hot (to be fair, it was abnormally hot here this summer, but still!), I started anticipating when it would cool down. Fall! My favorite season! It would be full of apple pies and cranberries and cider and colorful leaves and crisp mornings! And then *thud*. Reality hit.
It's too hot to grow apples in central North Carolina. Too. Hot. If I wanted apples, I needed to go three hours away - to the mountains west of here - in order to get good apples. This is a problem. I alwaysalwaysalways make apple sauce and apple pies like a madwoman during the fall. Pork is inevitably paired with sauteed apples or an apple compote. Cider doughnuts are probably the food of the gods. But here? Apples are 'spensive, people! Granny smiths should never cost $2.00/lb. Ever. I went home to Indiana and they were $0.80/lb. I briefly contemplated stuffing a second carry-on with a half bushel of apples but was quickly dissuaded by J (aka the fiance and previously the bf - he wanted to be termed Q, but I nixed it). Instead, I just ate 3-4 apples each day I was there. Storing it up, as it were.
But I never suspected a thing when I came upon this week's pick. Cranberry lime galette! Yay! I adore cranberries! They're tart and pop so excitingly when you cook them! (what can I say, my excitement threshold is evidently quite low) It never occurred to me that finding them would be a problem. But seriously - I was able to find teeny 10 oz bags of organic cranberries in the regular grocery store. That's it. Where the hell is Ocean Spray when you need 'em?!? Living in Wisconsin (one of the largest producers of cranberries), I never had to think about it. They were stocked in the freezer section year-round, and fresh ones were in the produce section from October through January. Here? Barely more than a week away from Thanksgiving, and they have a few paltry bags of overpriced cranberries in the freezer section and none in the fresh produce section. I might cry. I did pitch a bit of a mental tantrum as I zipped back and forth through three different grocery stores looking for my Ocean Spray bags.
But in the end, I bit. I declared defeat and bought the horrendously overpriced teeny bag of frozen cranberries. Because fall is not fall without cranberries.
Last Week: Cranberry Shortbread Cake (need to make this again!)
Next Week: Rewind - to the fourth recipe TWD ever made, the week before I joined!