Happy Birthday Tasha Tudor!
I just love this picture of Tasha Tudor and some children picking berries. It reminds me of her simple ways. Above all things, she lived off the land and made use of everything she grew. And wasn't it a beautiful life? Sometimes I think the simplest, quietest, humblest things are the very best things. Picking berries is an art in itself which probably ended in making jelly or jam, and what is better than homemade jam spooned onto a slice of hot buttered toast? Simple, but good.
Today my daughter, G., and I worked in the kitchen all day making apple sauce and apple butter. G's hubby picked the apples from their neighbor's tree, a Cortland Apple Tree, which I am in want of now. The Cortland produces the prettiest red blushed apples -- a cross between a Ben Davis and a McIntosh apple. (I looked it up.) The tree is beautiful. I think it would be considered a semi-dwarf which makes it easy to pick and quite compact and loaded with fruit. The apples are white fleshed and sweet. We hardly added any sugar to our apple sauce and apple butter. We could have probably made it totally without sugar, but we decided it added a little more depth of flavor with the addition of sugar. The sauce is a creamy color and not as gold as the photo shows here. The grandgirls enjoyed their small bowls of sauce as we had scrapings and left-over globs that did not round out our jars. G. and I had a piece of hot toast with a sampling of the apple butter scraped out of the roaster at the end of its baking. Oh, so good! Even though we did not plan to celebrate Tasha Tudor's birthday with our apple saucing, we did it quite by coincidence, and we honor her just the same. We honor all those who continue the simple arts of home making that Tasha held dear.
For the record, today we made 40 pints of apple sauce and apple butter combined. More to come since we haven't totally picked the Cortland entirely. Good for us! What are your favorite homemaking arts?