September is Hunger Awareness Month so stay tuned for posts about food insecurity and inequality in the coming weeks. The Northern Nevada Food Bank is my favorite charity. I feel strongly that we have a civil responsibility to feed our citizens. The Food Bank supplies assistance to seniors, children, poor college students, and many of our neighbors who we would never know are often hungry. If you live in Nevada here is a link to the food bank. You can help by donating time or money to feed Nevadans. If you don’t live in Nevada then Google “food banks” in your community. Consider dedicating one blog post this month to highlight hunger in your community. Together we can make a difference.
Many of us have blogged about being inundated with bushels of fresh fruits and vegetables at this time of year. I have been brainstorming how we might distribute garden surplus to our neighbors in need of healthy produce. I stumbled upon, literally, an idea while I was walking the little man in my own neighborhood. I had to step over perfectly ripe fruit falling unclaimed onto the sidewalk.
There are at least two plum trees and two apple trees with overripe fruit begging to be picked and eaten. It bothers me to see fresh fruit go to waste when there are families in every community who do not have access to enough food to feel secure.
I asked one neighbor if I could pick a few apples for a pie. She was clearly overwhelmed by the bounty and grateful to share her Granny Smiths.
Wouldn’t it be great if every community had a system of volunteers who would pick up your excess fresh produce and distribute it to those in need? Do you have a similar project in your community or do you have a teen that would like to organize a produce collection project? Tell us about it.
Enjoy a slice of pie while you brainstorm a plan to reduce food waste in your community.
I shared my pie with Nancy Miller of Hologram fame. You can see her racy blog and her novel here.
Apple Almond Crumb Pie
• 1 pie crust, I used Trader Joes frozen pie crust sheet
• 6 cups of peeled and sliced apples
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon cloves
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup almond flour
• 1/2 cup oatmeal
• 1/2 brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1/3 cup almonds sliced
Pre-heat oven to 400 F
1. Thaw pie crust to room temperature or make your favorite dough. Press rolled dough into a tart or pie pan.
2. Peel and slice apples. Add sugar, spices and salt. Let sit while the oven heats.
3. Combine almond flour through butter. Set aside for the topping.
4. Fill pie shell with apples and top with almond and oats mixture. Sprinkle almond slices over the top.
5. Bake for 50 minutes. Check pie at 35 minutes and cover with foil if browning too quickly.