Nov
15

HOW YA LIKE THEM APPLES?

FALLING FOR THE SEASON

Here in South Louisiana, we may not get much of a seasonal change but for some reason I always feel like Fall is the best time of the year.  We go from a sweltering 100 degree weather to a manageable 70-80’s.  Believe it or not, we literally break out the boots at 74 like a snow storm is coming.  I wait in anticipation for the first cool front to come, and once it does I scour through my seasonal recipes to stay in, cook and veg out with my family.  It’s a season of Comfort Food Superstars in the produce section, my particular favorite being the apple.  

Ah yes…the apple.  The apple is such a versatile little fruit.  From the clean mildly sweet flavor of the Honey crisp to the tried and true Granny Smith.  Over the years our options have expanded from the “Red” and “Green” of our childhood as well as the myriad of recipes to broaden your horizons.  Here are a couple to inspire your creative side and wow your friends:

Cocktail Hour

Ringo Star (courtesy of Food and Wine)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces dry sake
  • 1 1/2 ounces apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce caramel sauce
  • 1 cinnamon stick

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

In a saucepan, gently warm the sake, cider and caramel sauce. Stir well, pour into a martini glass and garnish with the cinnamon stick.

Quick Bites

Turkey Sandwiches With Apple and Walnut Mayo

(courtesy of RealSimple.Com) 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼cup walnuts
  • 1tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ⅓cup mayonnaise
  • 8slices wheat bread
  • sliced turkey
  • 1green apple, cored and thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix the mustard, walnuts, and parsley into the mayonnaise. (For extra flavor, mix in a few drops of hot sauce.)
  2. Spread it on the bread, then make sandwiches with the sliced turkey and apple.

NOTE:  I think an aged cheddar would be a great addition to this sandwich -SH

These are apples I think anyone would like!