There was an article about the Shakers who live in Maine. The reporter talked about their rural, isolated life style. She talked about their their furniture. And of course their cooking. I don't know much about the Shaker's religious beliefs. I do like their furniture design style. And I gotta say, they make a killer Autumn Apple Cake.
At my household, we're anti raisins and nuts. I swapped out the raisins for dried cranberries and left out the nuts altogether. It was hit despite the fact that once again the hubby reminded me that he doesn't like dried cranberries. (I love them and put them in everything!). I'd say this was the perfect recipe to kick off my fall cooking/baking season.