All About Apples!

Kim Conte

One of my CafeMom friends PMd me this morning with a culinary emergency—what should she do with all the apples she got from the farmer's market? Apparently, she has apples coming out of her ears!

Being cool in an crisis, I came up with a few ideas. After all, October is National Apple Month. What a perfect time to pull out all those apple recipes!

Before we get to the recipes, I should mention that it's best to store apples in the refrigerator. I know, I know, apples in a bowl are so festive and pretty! But if you want them to maintain their crispness, then into the fridge they go.

First up is Apple Salad. I make a simple version using local apples, arugula, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, goat cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Or, for a more gourmet version, check out Stress-FreeMom's refreshing recipe for "Honey of an Apple Salad" using lemon juice, grapes, and, of course, honey.

Homemade applesauce is also a must for the fall season. Whether you prefer chunky or smooth, it's not only delicious but a great healthy snack. Visit Simply Recipes for a scrumptious recipe.

And, finally, who isn't craving apple crisp by now? There's plenty of fabulous recipes out there, but I've gotten permission to share my friend's secret, quick and easy version. The best part about this one is that's it's low in sugar and fat. So if you, by mistake, eat the whole pan, you don't have to feel all that bad about it. After all, you know what they say about an apple (or seven) a day!

Easy Apple Crisp

4 cups apples

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Handful of oatmeal (optional)

Combine ingredients in a non-stick pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned and bubbly and oozy.

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