With small apples, I like to make a savory side dish, originally developed for a guest allergic to black pepper. I watched her eat a piece and then saw a look of horror come over her face. I reassured her that it did not contain cayenne pepper and she took a few more incredulous bites. Small apples work particularly well because the dish tastes better with lots of apple skin and tart fruit. Serve as a side dish with roast chicken or pork, or stuffed acorn squash. It also adds zip to tofu. I'm not sure if the weight of the ginger is correct--I just use a visual guide of one and one-half times as much ginger as garlic. If you are wary of the spices, go ahead and cut back. This is a hot and spicy dish without pepper. —natasha saje
Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, including Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014), and a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan, 2014). Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and a member of poetry faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. in Writing Program.