Autumn Cravings?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Its September now, and the days are getting cooler in the North East U.S.
Since the first cool night (Sub 65 deg F.) I've been craving some type of fruit pie every evening (I never crave sweets, other than highwater content fruits on a hot day). Is this tradition (fall pies) or a reaction to a change in season? Ive seen the squirrels take from my pear tree since early summer, but I had no taste for the super sweet pears at the time. Now thats it colder Im craving them.

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on September 05, 2012
at 04:52 AM

We can form deep emotional/psychological associations with food. My wife associates fall with warm apple cider and gets a "craving" for it once it gets cold. Whenever i see football, I get a craving for wings and beer. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to "paleofy" a great microbrew . . .yet. The wings just aren't the same without it.




on September 05, 2012
at 12:14 PM

For me, Autumn means Oktoberfest (Märzen) and Pumpkin Ales. My strategy is to get really good beer, and enjoy (just maybe only enjoy one rather than 4). In another few weeks the apple cider and pies season here.

You can make a great pie and keep it fairly respectable within your diet, Just go easy on the helpings.
Use stevia instead of sugar, and get really tart apples. That way you won't need as much sugar. The rest of the ingredients: Pecans, Butter, Salt, Lemon, Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, brandy -- None of those are really all that bad. Add a little whipped cream on top if you do dairy and you almost won't miss the crust.

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