Oh, how awesome is October with its gorgeous autumnal hues, crisp apples, Halloween fun, and . . . ghost talk.
Last week I enjoyed my semi-annual trip to Missouri to see family. My brother, sister-in-law, and sister decided that during my stay I should experience a local winery . . . a haunted one.
The building complex, that now includes the winery, was run for over a century by one of the oldest and largest charitable fraternal organizations in this country—the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
|The symbolic links of I.O.O.F. represent Friendship, Love, and Truth|
Oh, and I must be sure to mention "George."
|My brother (clutching his newly purchased wine) "comforted" by my sister in front of THE PIANO.|
The Belvoir Winery is delightful. If there are "ghosts," I think they are benevolent energies, reflecting the good works the Odd Fellows performed over the years. Tip: Belvoir's semi-sweet white Plumeria wine is sensational if you fancy something that tastes like a sip of spring!
And, speaking of taste, to celebrate fall, here's my recipe for Ozark Mountain Cake. Growing up in Missouri, I remember my mom made something similar to this. It's not a pretty cake, but is simple and delicious, especially with ice cream or whipped cream. Happy October!
Ozark Mountain Apple Cake
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
½ cup (I stick) softened butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups peeled and diced apples
1/2 cup chopped nuts (preferably black walnuts)
Beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating mixture for about 2 minutes. Then blend in dry ingredients. Fold in apples and nuts. Bake 350 degrees in buttered 9 x9 inch pan for about 35 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched. Serve warm or cold. It’s a culinary sin not to add whipped cream!