Friday Favorites #97
September 25, 2020
“Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.”
— Laila Ali
To be honest, I don’t surrender easily to fall. I’m not crazy about pumpkins or pumpkin spice lattes, so thank God for apples. I absolutely love them: Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Gala…to name a few.
Apples and almond butter
For me, there’s nothing more perfect than an apple: so delicious, so nutritious, and so low-calorie. They are delightful cut into slivers and served with almond butter for a snack any time of day that’s sure to please. And for something delicious but a little more indulgent, who doesn’t love a caramel apple?
Honeycrisp apples
One of my favorite farmers currently has 12 types of apples at the market, but, I must admit, once I’ve surrendered to the idea of fall, one of the best parts is apple picking. You certainly can’t find fresher apples than the ones straight from the tree and the entire experience makes me feel more connected to the seasons and reminds me of when my kids were little. It also reminds me of my mom, who loved apples just like I do.
Chicken Paillard with Pancetta, Apples, Pecans, and Crispy Kale served with Whole Sisters Ranch
Apples lend themselves so well to a wide range of dishes. If you’re looking for a fall entrée that is absolutely spectacular, here’s a favorite from my cookbook: Chicken Paillard with Pancetta, Apples, Pecans, and Crispy Kale served with Whole Sisters Ranch. This level of deliciousness helps me embrace autumn and makes summer’s departure feel a bit less wistful. Can you believe it’s Whole30 compliant?
Gluten-free Apple Crumble

My Gluten-Free Apple Crumble (click here for the recipe) takes the celebration of apples a step further. The beauty of a crumble is that you can make a different one for every season, depending on which fruit is ripe. It’s so easy to throw together, it makes you happy to eat it, and it’s absolutely the breakfast of champions, as apples are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. I love knowing that I’m supporting local orchards, whether I’m using apples from the farmers market or apples I picked myself.

Cardamom Hasselback Apples
And what about Cardamom Hasselback Apples? This gorgeous dessert is quite easy, but certainly next level in terms of looking and feeling special. They are beautiful and taste so delicious, either by themselves or with vanilla skyr. The hack to get them to look this way is to put chopsticks on either side when you cut the apple, so you know just where to stop.
Apple Slice 
Photo Credit: Kelly, The Hungry Bluebird

Speaking of local, did you know that Chicago’s small neighborhood bakeries are famous for their Apple Slices? It’s kind of a spectacular dessert made in a large sheet pan with (you guessed it) apple slices. It’s like a two-crust apple pie but cut into squares like a brownie and frosted on top.

My favorite: Martinelli's Apple Juice

In my house we’ve always been fans of Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice-- there’s simply nothing better. We always have a bottle on hand, whether as a recipe ingredient or a refreshing sip of fresh apple goodness. This week, to celebrate apples, we’ve included contributions from a farmer, an author, a favorite home cook, a blogger, and a college student.

Teri Turner, founder, nocrumbsleft
Author:  No Crumbs Left, Recipes for Everyday Food Made Marvelous
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Inspiration From This Week's Contributors
Baked Stuffed Apples

Apples are a member of the rose family, and more than 2,500 varieties are grown in the U.S. For this recipe, choose a cooking-type apple: Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, or Rome. Baked apples are a reliable, comforting, not-too-sweet dessert with any number of filling and flavoring possibilities. Stuff the apples with dates and nuts, sweeten them lightly with maple syrup, and flavor them with warming cinnamon and cardamom. They’re perfect served warm with a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt. If you don’t have a food processor, chop the dates and walnuts into small, quarter-inch pieces and squeeze the ingredients together to make the filing. Click here for the recipe.

This recipe is from Laila’s cookbook Food For Life which is available on Amazon and
Laila Ali, Home Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Host and CEO of Laila Ali lifestyle brand

Laila Ali
Slow Cooker, Hard Cider Braised Short Ribs with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

Fall is my favorite season for three reasons: the weather change, apples, and comfort food. Apples are such a versatile fruit. They can be used so many different ways, and since I love sweet and savory dishes, I wanted to include them in my slow cooker short rib recipe by adding both sliced apples and hard apple cider. The dish itself screams comfort food, especially when you serve them with mashed potatoes.
Ana Pozo, Home Cook

Ana Pozo
Apple Varieties Galore
Mick Klug Farm apples
Apple season is upon us at Mick Klüg Farm, and shoppers often need some direction choosing from our 12 varieties. For sauce, we recommend a mix of sweet (Gala or Golden Supreme) and tart (Empire, Ida Red, or Cortland) varieties. When baking, we also like to mix apple varieties in our fillings to balance texture (tender, crisp) and flavor (sweet, tart). The perfect snack? Honeycrisp. For a salad? We like the bright white flesh of an Empire or Cortland. In lunch boxes? Fuji is a favorite among adults and kids alike. There's nothing quite like the crisp bite of a farm fresh apple in the fall.
Abby Schilling, Owner
Beckett picking his favorite apple at Mick Klug Farm
Old-School Family Time
Alex and her brothers
As the grind of school and work make it harder to find time to relax with family, it becomes easier to fall into watching TV during the little free time we have. One thing my family has always made time for is annual apple picking. The drive to an orchard is usually filled with games like iSpy and 20 Questions as we take some time away from technology and the banality of daily life. Venturing out into the rows of tall trees provides a unique space to bond and enjoy time together. I look forward to sipping apple cider surrounded by my loved ones, and I cherish the time away from my normal stress.
Alex Krulewitch, College Student
Autumn Means Apple Cake
Diane's Apple Cake
From the very first second I feel or smell crisp autumn air, I am immediately drawn to the kitchen to bake up a warm and cozy dessert. Usually it’s in the form of an apple cake. Who doesn’t love the homey smell of apples and cinnamon perfuming their house? Eat it plain or dress it up with a simple maple glaze. Either way you will love the simplicity and deliciousness of this fall favorite.
You can find my recipe on this Instagram post.
Diane Morrisey, Home Cook
Diane Morrisey
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Everything Bowls

We're jumping back into fall cooking, and there is nothing better than an Everything Bowl. Perfect for meal prep and everyday cooking. By the way, it's my absolute favorite gift to give. Head to the shop to get your Everything Bowl and start doing your fall cooking!

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This week we are sharing a delicious Pork Roast made with California Prunes and served with an amazing Prune Wine Reduction Glaze. Click here for the recipe.

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S1: E24 Tending To Your Soul

In this episode from Season 1, I talk with Kathy Bresler to discuss Soul Collage, facing death and changing your life course after a cancer diagnosis, “coming out” as spiritual, the different ways women connect, making intergenerational connections, and creating sacred space in the women’s circle Kathy has led for the last seven years.

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