Yesterday was my parents’ 70th wedding anniversary, they having tied the knot on Oct. 11, 1947. Of course, they weren’t around to celebrate it, DadDon having departed this earth 21 years ago, and DotMom 12 years ago.
But still, the occasion of their platinum anniversary has conjured up some memories of their life together. The photo here was taken many years before I came along — I would guess at some point during their courtship, and likely at my grandparents’ (Dad’s parents, Harry and Alice) summer home at Lake Okoboji, judging by their somewhat-scandalous-for-the-time swimwear apparel.
Since this blog is largely focused on food, I will contain my remarks to Dot and Don’s culinary relationship. They both had a passion for food, and the relationship was symbiotic.
Dad never met a meal he didn’t like and was a more-than-willing guinea pig for Mom’s culinary experiments for her Daily Globe food column. She dubbed him Sir Lunch-a-Lot for those writings, and the nickname was appropriate. Dad devoured whatever she put in front of him. If he balked, we knew the dish in question was really, really bad.
But that was an anomaly. It was more frequent that one of their pickier-eater children turned up our noses at what was put in front of us. And if such was the case, Dad was waiting to swoop in and finish up whatever was left on our plates. “Watch Daddy Eat Time” was a real daily ritual at our house. We would sit and watch as our father licked clean whatever leftovers lingered at the end of the meal.
And that was before dessert. There was, more often than not, dessert, too.
Yes, that’s a segue into what was supposed to be the topic for this week’s blog. It’s apple season, so apple desserts are the topic du jour. I’m hoping that some of you readers might be inclined to share your favorite apple recipes.
What’s the very best apple pie recipe?
Did your mom make an apple cake that your dad just loved?
Or is there another apple dessert that you have to make each year at this time?
Please share by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
That go-to apple dessert for my parents was Apple Cuplets. Mom just had a way with this simply decadent dessert. In her “Mixing & Musing Cookbook,” Mom declared that “This is No. 1 at apple time at the Rickers abode.”
No. 1 Apple Cuplets
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
6 baking apples
⅔ cup flour
⅔ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 slightly beaten egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the ¼ cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Peel and core the apples. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Put apples in buttered custard cups, spooning the remaining cinnamon in centers of apples.
Combine flour, ⅔ cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine beaten egg, melted butter and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients. Beat well. Place about 2 tablespoonfuls of batter over each apple.
Bake at 375 degrees about 40 minutes. Serve warm (important) with lots of cream (doubly important).