The Kitchen Witch

October, 2017

Enchanting Apple Crisp


To me, it is not a proper Samhain celebration without a dish made of apples. Apples are sacred to several of my favorite goddesses and long ago, I took the name “AppleQueen” as a magical name. Apples, harvested in the fall, are a perfect offering for this Sabbat. Hecate is the goddess of Samhain but do not forget that Pomona, the goddess of Apples, has her own feast day November 1. Influenced by the Romans, the Celts easily integrated this feast day into their own Samhain festivities and later, when the Christians came, and Pagan rites went underground or were turned into some other acceptable form, Pagan divinations using apples passed into folk-lore. Many of these divinatory acts were turned into Halloween party games such as bobbing for apples or peeling an apple and then throwing the peel onto the hearth to see what letter it would create, believing that whatever letter you would see would predict the first letter of the person you would marry someday! I remember doing this with my sisters and cousins when I was a young girl. I also remember getting thoroughly soaked bobbing for apples in a large wooden trough at a Halloween party at my friend Joanna’s house when I was twelve. I was dressed as Raggedy Ann and my red yarn wig came off in the water and was floating around with the apples!

I was born in May during the time of apple blossoms. My mother told me that she craved apples the entire time she was pregnant with me. She said she ate “bushels” of apples when I was growing within her. “The sweetest apples that fall,” she remembered. Perhaps this is why I love apples so much and why I took “AppleQueen” as a magical name. There are apples everywhere you look in my home. In my old age, I have grown round like an apple.

If I am invited out to a Samhain gathering, usually I will make an apple pie – a classic two-crust pie or maybe a Dutch Apple pie with a yummy streusel topping – but nowadays it seems like I’m so stressed for time and pies take a lot of time to do properly. So here is a quick recipe for Apple Crisp. Like so many of my *best* recipes, it’s based on one of my mother’s.

Apple Crisp

2 cups apples, peeled, cored & sliced (about 4 or 5 apples, depending on size)

½ cup brown sugar, packed

¼ cup flour

¼ cup oats

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

4 tablespoons soft butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”x5”x3” pan. Place apples in the pan. Blend the remaining ingredients until crumbly. Spread the sugar-flour mixture over apples evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes, until apples are soft and topping is golden brown.

I put red sugar sprinkles on the top of the sugar-flour mixture before baking and as you can see, it made the apple crisp look really festive! And of course – you have to have ice cream for a topping! I topped my serving with maple walnut ice cream – it was divine!

This is literally one of the quickest and easiest recipes you will ever make and I will tell you something else – it won’t last the night. This recipe serves 4 to 6 people but I have to confess – I ate it ALL myself! AND I AM NOT SORRY!!

Brightest Blessings!


She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

November, 2015

Goddesses of Giving Thanks and the Harvest

Festivals of thanks and the harvest have been, and are, celebrated the world over, and have been for hundreds of years. The harvest has always been associated with the Goddess of Earth and Fertility. She is and always will be the Source of all Creation.



The Aztec Goddess of Maize (corn), she is dressed in flowers, carrying ripened ears of corn and a shield in the form of the sun. She is sometimes shown with a corncob engraved with the words, forgiving strength. She is the Goddess representing the mother aspect of the corn, while Xilonen is the Goddess representing the maiden aspect.

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Demeter was the Greek Goddess of the Harvest, who was the source of the Earths growth. When Persephone, her daughter, disappears and cannot be found, Demeter starts to look for her. As she searches in vain, her energy no longer feeds the earth; plants start to wilt and change color, heralding the first Autumn. When Persephone returned and Demeter reunited with her beloved daughter, Spring returned and the Earth was reborn. She is most often portrayed with sheaves of grain.

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As the Roman agricultural Goddess, Pomona cultivated and protected Her fruit trees and gardens. She was celebrated in a November 1st festival with nuts and fruits. Her sacred grove was known as Pomonal.

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Selu/Corn Mother


Selu and Corn Mother are just two of the many names used by Native Americans to call their Harvest Goddess. Selu is the Cherokee First Woman and Corn Mother. To feed her people, she planted her heart within the Earth, and from this, corn grew.


The name of Corn Mother is given to the Goddess of the Arikara Tribe. Born of the corn, She was the protector of Her people. As the spirit of the corn, She taught the tribe to farm.

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This Roman Goddess is the growth of the Earth. She assured that the crops were successful and harvested in abundance. She was often paried with Tellus, as the Earth Herself. Her festival was held in August at the harvest.

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This Goddess lived a solitary life in the orchards and fields of Italy. Feronia was a fire Goddess, watching over the fires deep within the Earth that helped the crops to grow and flourish. Her festival was also held in November when the Earths first fruits and plants were most abundant.

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May you all be blessed with an abundance of love, joy and happiness during this month of thanks and gratitude.



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