Winter Salad With Fruit & Poppy Seed Dressing

I love adding seasonal fruit to a green salad all year long. In the winter, the trick is to use fruits readily available at your local market. Make this easy winter salad in minutes for a bright, refreshing recipe full of sweet flavors and crunchy textures you’ll adore. It makes a satisfying appetizer or salad not only for the holidays but anytime in the coming months.

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How to Store Apples to Keep Fresh Longer

Last week we discussed visiting apple orchards and cider mills. I love a crisp, fresh apple. If you like to pick your own or buy from apple orchards, you probably know what I mean. My apple wish would be my apples always taste like that, but we all have eaten older, softer apples. They’re good but not great. I love the way a bowl of apples on the table looks, but do not love the apples after a couple of days. Kept at room temperature, whole apples will only stay fresh for about a week. Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated. How do the grocery stores sell fresh apples year round? Science.

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Sweet Potato Apple Cranberry Bake

One of my favorite vegetables is a simple baked sweet potato.  They have so much flavor and nutritional value.  Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fiber as well as containing an array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C.  Another favorite food is apples, crisp and sweet.  Some years ago I read a recipe for a sweet potato apple cranberry bake for November and the holidays, and I had to try the combination. What could be better than sweet potatoes and apples?  I guess the addition of tart fresh cranberries to mingle with the natural sweetness of apples and sweet potatoes.

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Traditional Caramel Apples

When I was a kid, I’d go to the fair in September over in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Most of the time, they just had the red candied apples which wasn’t my favorite.  I prefer the taste of lush caramel plus when I bit into the red candied apple, the red coating often fell off. I’d be so happy when I saw caramel dipped fresh apples served on a stick.  Today I’m sharing a super easy traditional recipe for caramel apples for fall and Halloween.  It’s not really much of a recipe and only requires 3 ingredients plus what I call popsicle sticks.  Super easy and fast, caramel apples bring back the joy of childhood for me.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Let’s make your home smell like autumn AND give you a tasty treat.  Today’s recipe is an extremely easy apple butter made in your slow cooker.  Put everything in and let it cook for hours.  The result is a yummy spread that can be used in so many ways this fall and winter. I like it best simply on homemade biscuits.  You can also spread it between layers of a cake. Use it as a condiment for pork chops or pork roast. It is fabulous to use on fall thumbprint cookies. Have a cheese tray with sharp cheddar and crackers and apple butter on the side at your next party. Yum! Read More

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Need a great appetizer filled with fresh fruit flavor? How about a great fruity dessert? Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips is the perfect answer.  Easy to make and loaded with the fruit of the season, fruit salsa is a great party food, dessert, or a snack.  I’m basing my salsa on fresh strawberries with apples and raspberries. Can’t find raspberries? Try a tropical twist with crushed pineapple. Yum! You can also substitute with the fruit of the season – peaches, nectarines, grapes, the list never ends.


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