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An Apple a Day

admin on September 9, 2014 - 8:30 am in Food
Nothing says fall in New England quite like apple picking. While there are no apple orchards within Boston city proper, the surrounding area is chock full of farms where you can pick dozens of apples at your leisure this fall! Boston.com put a full list of them together so you can just pick one and go. Or try a new one each weekend! But once you’re home with that 10 pound bag of apples what exactly are you supposed to do with them? Aside from the obvious apple pie, here are six different recipes that anyone (with even the smallest of kitchens) can make to enjoy those delicious, local apples. Baked Apple Pancakes Even if you’ve never made pancakes from scratch in your life (and Bisquick totally counts as homemade!), you can make one giant baked apple pancake that will wow your breakfast buddies. All you need to do is chop up 2-3 small apples and mix them into the pancake batter. Since you are baking one huge pancake instead of smaller, individual pancakes, the “pancake cake” will be cooking long enough to soften up those apples with no pre-cooking.  Apple Bacon Coleslaw This recipe is practically cooking-free (and even the most clueless home chef can make bacon). With pre-made coleslaw mix and fresh slices of apples, this apple bacon coleslaw is a great way to embrace the flavors of fall without letting go of your summertime grilling love! Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing You can make a few practices dishes now so you perfect this stuffing recipe by the time Thanksgiving comes around. With freshly picked apples, local sausage from a farmer’s market and cranberries from the Cape it’s probably that most Massachusetts you can have in one meal. Sautéed Apples It doesn’t get much simpler than this! Sautéed apples make great additions to any breakfast plate or as a side dish at dinner. A little sweet and a whole lot of delicious! Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup Soups are great because you can make and freeze gallons of it, perfect for quick dinners or lunches that will warm you up when it’s cold outside. This apple soup with carrots and sweet potatoes is full of the best flavors fall has to offer, plus your apartment will smell delicious while cooking! Applesauce Applesauce is actually a lot easier to make than you think! Grab a bottle of fresh apple cider on your way off the farm and you’re most of the way there. Homemade apple sauce is a great little gift to bring to any fall dinner parties, and you can make it look extra special in a mason jar with a colorful orange ribbon. Did you know that 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States? When you go to a farm be sure to grab some that you don’t always see in the store and taste the difference!

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