Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Easier than Pie

Car troubles caused yesterday's plans to take a different direction, so I am a 'day late and dollar short', as they say, in posting the recipe that I like for apple crisp.

I love making crisps because they are not fussy. In fact, you don't really need a recipe because, like soups, stews, stir-fries, etc., making a crisp is a process:

Core and slice apples and put in a greased or buttered pan
Sprinkle brown sugar, maple sugar, or drizzle maple syrup or honey over apples (but not all of them..LOL)
Add a small amount of liquid, such as apple juice, cider or orange juice
Dot with a small amount of butter
Sprinkle your favorite spice mix on top, such a apple pie spice or simply cinnamon and nutmeg

Make a topping by cutting oatmeal into a stick of butter or margarine
Add spices and/or sweetener to the mix

Put mix on top of apples and bake in a moderate oven until apples are tender, in my oven it takes about 45 minutes.

Here is a detailed recipe from All Recipes, a website that I refer to often.


This same process works for peaches, pears, any fruit, really. I also use this recipe when our pears are ripe http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Cranberry-and-Pear-Crisp/Detail.aspx

Marcheta *bon appetit

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