Monday, February 27, 2012

Leader Enterprise - Oct 5 2011

Though I know it 'signals'winter is just around the corner, autumn is my favorite season.I LOVE the colors, the decorations, the lower temps and I love the foods that come with fall. I've decided to share some info and recipes using apples for your fall enjoyment.

Apples are a great source of dietary fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. A medium apple contains no fat and only 80 calories. Apples are also thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and asthma. No wonder they say "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!".

- Select apples that are firm and bruise free.

- Store in refrigerator to slow ripening and keep flavor; chilled properly, they should last 90 days.

- Slip slices and dices into mixture of 1 part lemon and 3 parts water, or 100% apple juice with added vitamin c, to slow browning.

- One lb. sliced equals about 2-3/4 c; diced,about 3 cups. As a rule, 2 large, 3 medium or 4 small equal 1 pound.

Because of cross-pollination, there are thousands of varieties, but only about 100 are produced for sale.

Here are the qualities of just a few varieties available in our area.

- GALA: (my favorite!)crisp,firm,mild,sweet-best for snacks and salads.

- JONATHAN: firm, spicy, sweet with a crisp snap-best for sauces, snacks, salads, pies and applesauce.

- IDARED: firm,tangy flavor similar to Jonathan-best for snacks, applesauce and baking.

- MCINTOSH: tender, juicy, aromatic and sweet-best for snacks and cooking; if using in pies, add more thickener.

- CORTLAND: sweet with a hint of tart and tangy-best for salads and garnishes as this cut fruit is slow to brown.

- RED DELICIOUS: sweet and juicy-best for snacks and salads-not particularly suitable for cooking or baking.

- EMPIRE: a sweet cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh-best for snacks, baking and cooking.

- FUJI: sweet, juicy and firm; good for all uses.

- GRANNY SMITH: crisp and very tart-good for all uses, especially cakes, pies and applesauce.

- HONEYCRISP: crisp, mild and honeyed flavor-best for snacks, salads and sauces.

This salad is such a yummy treat, and no one will ever guess it's sugar free if you choose to make it that way.

It tastes best if eaten the same day its made.


1 (15 ozs) can crushed pineapple,slightly drained

1 (4-serv) pkg.(sugar free) butterscotch instant pudding mix

1 (8 ozs) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed(fat free)

4 unpeeled, diced apples

1/2 c. dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Place pineapple in medium bowl. Stir in dry pudding mix and blend well. Add whipped topping; stir in apples. (Nuts stay crisper if sprinkled over top).

This is the only recipe I use for apple dumplings.


4 Granny Smith, or favorite baking apple

2 (8 ozs) pkgs.refrigerated crescent rolls

2 sticks butter

1-1/4 c. sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 (12 ozs) can Mt. Dew or 7-up(diet is fine)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9"X13" baking dish. Peel and quarter apples. Separate crescent rolls; roll apples in rolls from big end to little end. Place in prepared pan. In saucepan, melt butter; add sugar & cinnamon (I mix the two first) Pour over apples, then pour Mt. Dew around sides and middle of dumplings. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hr. Serve warm with ice cream. I cover pan with foil after 30 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning. May use Splenda instead of sugar,but be aware it bakes faster.


5-1/2 lbs. apples-peeled, cored and finely chopped

4 c. white sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp.salt, optional

Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook on high 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook 8 to 10 hours, stirring occasionally,until the mixture is thickened and dark brown. Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

This is an interesting recipe I recently tried when shared with me by a friend. I'd eaten oriental salad, but never made it before and was very pleased at the addition of apple. It keeps nicely refrigerated for several days.


1/2 med. head of cabbage,chopped

1 pkg. Chicken Ramen noodles, noodles broken; save seasoning packet

4 chopped green onions, with tops

3 chopped apples (I used gala)

1/3 c. slivered or sliced almonds

Toss above ingredients together

In small shaker or jar, place seasoning packet along with

1/2 tsp. each,salt & pepper

3 Tb. sugar

1/2 c. oil

3 Tb. cider vinegar

Mix well; pour over salad. May add nuts to each serving,instead of to salad, if preferred.