Racine & Me: Apple Picking Season, Family Meal Ideas, Lost in Yonkers, Father-Son Acting Duo (9/15/2019)

Racine & Me: Apple Picking Season, Family Meal Ideas, Lost in Yonkers, Father-Son Acting Duo (9/15/2019)

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Apple Picking Season

It’s apple picking season. Lean how to pick the perfect apple from the pros at Apple Holler. We also discuss this year’s crop and why dwarf trees are the key to their orchard.

Family Meal Ideas

September is Family Meals Month. Studies show there are numerous benefits to eating together as a family so we’re giving you some inspiration to do it more often. Registered Dietitian Kerry Clifford from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market gives you three ways to get your family together for just one more meal a week.

(See recipe for Pumpkin Chili at the bottom of this page.) 

Lost in Yonkers

Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning play "Lost in Yonkers" is now playing at the Racine Theatre Guild. We talk with the director about the production that teaches lessons about life, responsibility, and the importance of family.

Father-Son Acting Duo

Good acting runs in the family! There’s a father and son duo in the "Lost in Yonkers" production now playing at the Racine Theatre Guild. Hear how they got the acting bug and watch them perform a scene from the play.

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

  • Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme olive oil
  • 1½ lbs. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 poblano chile pepper, seeded and chopped*
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Thyme fine sea salt
  • 1 (28 oz.) can Fresh Thyme crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Fresh Thyme low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup Fresh Thyme solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped fresh pumpkin or butternut squash
  • ½ cup Spicy Pumpkin Seeds


In a 4-quart. Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add turkey, onion, bell pepper, poblano chile pepper, garlic, ancho chile powder, cumin, and sea salt. Cook for 10 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.

Add tomatoes, black beans, chicken broth, solid-pack pumpkin, and fresh pumpkin or squash. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Serve chili warm with Buttermilk Cornbread Poppers and topped with Spicy Pumpkin Seeds.

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds on baking sheet. Coat with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with ½ tsp. cayenne pepper and toss to coat. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted.

*Note: Chile peppers contain volatile oils that irritate skin and eyes. When working with poblanos, wear protective gloves.

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