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Apple Cider Doughnuts

In economics, the term “economies of scale” drives both efficiency and production.  The term – or theory as it may be – dictates that as the number of goods produced increases, so does the efficiency of producing those goods.  The reasoning behind the theory is simple: as a company produces a greater number of goods, it is able to divide its fixed costs (salaries, rent, etc.) among that greater number of goods, lowering the average cost per unit.

Economies of scale need not be limited to the boardroom.  Its principles are equally applicable to the kitchen.

To make sufganiyot, I needed to Continue reading


Apple Pie

Apple Pie

This weekend, Caitlin and I went apple picking in nearby Belleville, Illinois.  Armed with our plastic bags, we each set off to collect the perfect apples.  Careful not to overload on the apples, we each filled our respective bag to the half-way point.  Yet, when we made it to the scale, we had collectively picked over sixteen pounds of Red and Golden Deliciousness.

Apple Pie Collage

Faced with the prospect of an overflowing fruit drawer, Continue reading

Apple-Cinnamon Cake

Apple Cinnamon Cake

Jewish holidays are nothing if not symbolic.  And part of the symbolism naturally encompasses the food.  On Purim, it’s hamantashen, triangular confections meant to evoke the villain of the day.  On Passover, it’s matzah, unleavened bread meant to evoke the speed with which the ancient Jews fled Pharaoh’s Egypt.  On Hanukkah, it’s latkes, fried potato pancakes meant to evoke the miracle of the burning oil.

Rosh Hashanah, which begins this Friday at sunset, is no different.  Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and to ensure that the new year is a sweet and good one, it’s customary to eat apples and honey.  But unfortunately, where there’s honey, there’s honey cakes – too often a dry, and Continue reading

Almond-Stuffed Baked Apples

On January 24, 1984, Apple Computer introduced audiences to its new computer, the Macintosh.  The introduction, by way of a landmark 60-second Superbowl commercial, promised users that they would “see why 1984 won’t be like [George Orwell’s] 1984.”

The commercial owed its creation to the director Ridley Scott, who had recently filmed Blade Runner.  The Macintosh computer owed its creation to Jef Raskin, one of Apple’s legendary computer makers.  As does the computer’s trade name; McIntosh apples, legend has it, were Jef Raskin’s favorite type of apple.

And it’s easy to see why.  McIntosh apples Continue reading