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Along with cooler weather, the fall brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy. With a plentiful harvest of apples, Brussels sprouts, pears, squash, cranberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, grapes, mushrooms, persimmons, and parsnips, the market is now an absolute cornucopia of produce.
What’s your favorite fall food?
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Apple picking season is in full swing and we just can’t wait to bake up a warm, fresh, sweet, buttery, and flaky apple pie.
What’s your favorite thing to cook with apples?
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Blog: Kitchen Butterfly
What is your favorite recipe from your blog?
Tarte de Pommes et sucre, a thin-crusted apple pie inspired by an autumn trip to Paris, when the skies were orange and the streets were lined with maple leaves, lovers arms entwined, and delightful pastries. The result: caramelized apple slices on a bed of pastry cream and apple curd!
What is the first meal you ever cooked?
I can’t remember what I first cooked, but one of my most memorable recipes is cooking up a tomato salsa in 1999, inspired by a store-bought jar of Dorito salsa. I read off the ingredients and made up my own version, which garnishes tortillas and sandwiches to this day.
Is there an ingredient you used to hate but now you love?
Celery. I’m nowhere near being in love with it, but I am working on it. Apparently it tastes great with ketchup, according to my 8-year-old.
What’s your go-to quick and easy dinner?
Pancakes, without a doubt – they are my backup plan for everything from unexpected guests, to really hungry children (of which I am blessed with three). I almost always have a bowl of homemade batter in the fridge. Accompaniments always include fruit, some dairy (yogurt, whipped cream) and syrups from maple to chocolate. Occasionally, I’ll have lemon and sugar, or bacon and sausages
Celebrate one of fall’s freshest fruits with seven standout recipes from our Awesome Apples collection, now available in the Gourmet Live Store.
Slice into the ultimate combination of sweet and savory flavors with Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust or keep it cool and refreshing with Celery Apple Granita. And for the ultimate in individual indulgences, assemble towers of fresh flavor with Dried-Apple Stack Cakes.
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then head to the Library to access the Store for our Awesome Apples collection.
Fall is officially upon us, bringing hearty harvests, cool-weather clothes, and anxious children meeting new teachers for the first time. Did you send your little one off with an apple in tow?
Probably not. The truth is, packing a shiny, red apple in your kid’s backpack as a token of gratitude is something we see in the movies but would never think to do in real life. Clichéd as it may be, however, the apple as a symbol of learning endures. Why?
The apple has been associated with education for centuries, thanks to the story of our curious friends Adam and Eve. The Tree of Knowledge’s frequent depiction as an apple tree was not lost on religious disciples who began to consider the fruit a powerful symbol of information. Continue reading
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Although I’m sad to see summer produce and warmer temperatures fade into fall, I am more than ready to welcome one of the current season’s freshest fruits: apples. Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Idared — no matter the variety, I am swooping them up by the armful at my local farmers’ market and making them the stars of my latest baking frenzy.
This weekend I set out to create an Apple Galette, one of my go-to fall dessert recipes that tops buttery homemade pastry dough with thick slices of Golden Delicious apples bathed in fresh lemon juice and sprinkled with sugar. And with countless weekends this fall to continue my baking binge, I’m eying Apple Pizza as my next conquest, followed by an early morning Big Apple Pancake to share with my neighbors.
What are you favorite ways to cook or bake with apples?
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I’m a fall fanatic. I could write a Valentine to pumpkin-picking and leaf piles, but instead, I’ll focus on one of the season’s greatest virtues—the flavors. Few things taste more autumnal than apple cider, and Southern Comfort’s rich flavor makes it the perfect spirit to pair with fall’s signature drink.
This technique couldn’t be simpler. In a clean jar with an air-tight lid, combine one part Southern Comfort, one part apple cider, and one cinnamon stick per gallon of liquid. Let the juices infuse for at least three weeks. If you make it now, your cocktail will be done just in time to enjoy the peak foliage. Serve it hot on your next hay ride, or cool in a punch bowl as a post-pumpkin picking refresher.
What’s your favorite fall cocktail recipe?
Apples take leave of the tree in this week’s roundup and it’s a sweet world beyond the branch. From Baked Apple Pancakes with Bourbon Caramel Sauce to Cheddar-Crust Apple Pie, each one is guaranteed to satisfy your dessert cravings.