Columbus Day Crisp

Columbus Day brings to mind 2002 Season 4 of the Sopranos. Silvio has a big fight with the Native Americans. It got me thinking about this holiday and the significance behind it.  Christopher Columbus was Italian, however the Native Americans don’t agree with this holiday because they view it as the European colonization which thus led to the genocide of their people.  Who is right? 510 years after the landing of Christopher Columbus, the Soprano’s cast is banned from marching in the 2002 New York Columbus Day parade. Can’t we all just get along? And what better way to do that than with a fruit from both sides in this debate- APPLES!

I am going to honor both sides and make an Apple Crisp adapted from the cookbook I got at a yoga retreat. Seems like a peaceful recipe.  Enjoy!


5 cups chopped red apples (approximately 5 medium apples)

1 1/2 cups of apple cider

1/2 cup of raisins

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons Kudzu  *SEE NOTE*

1 tsp. vanilla


1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 tsp. salt

2 1/4 cups rolled oats


Preheat oven to 375 F. Place the apples in a ceramic 9 X 12″ inch baking dish.

In medium-sized saucepan, combine  1 cup of the apple cider, raisins, salt, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Dissolve the Kudzu in the remaining cider and stir the mixture into the boiling cider mixture to thicken. Turn off heat and add the vanilla.

To make the topping: In a large bowl, stir together the oil and syrup. Add sugar, walnuts, salt, and oats. Pour the thickened cider mixture over the apples and spread on the topping. Bake, covered for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more. Serve warm.

**Kudzu is a thickener like cornstarch.  You can find this in the health food store where the Asian foods are.  Arrowroot may also be substituted.** Info about Kudzu.


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