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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apples for Days: A Dozen Favorites

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by Natalie McLaury at Foodie.com
A few weeks ago we loaded up babies and strollers and the abundance of gear that we tend to bring anytime we go anywhere, and we headed to Eckert's apple orchard with a group of friends/family. In typical St. Louis fashion, it was over 90 degrees that "fall" day and we found ourselves dripping sweat on the hayride as the tractor pulled us to the apple orchard.
As you can see from the photo, Brecken wasn't all that amused. She was content to chow on an apple the size of her face but refused to smile for the camera or even pretend to be interested in any of the fall festivities that day. Thankfully my excitement made up for the lack of Brecken's. It partially stems from my own fond memories of apple picking as a child, but also because I love cooking with apples. 
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Cake

I've created a collection of apple recipes on Foodie, highlighting some of the ways I've been using (and plan to use) apples this season. Two years ago I made Pumpkin Apple Streusel Cake and I've been looking for an excuse to make it again. I've already made Apple Buttermilk Muffins a few times recently and I make Curried Butternut Squash multiple times each fall and winter. I'm never without apples in my crisper drawer this time of year and they find their way into a recipe, sweet or savory, each week!

Perhaps next year Brecken will be more interested in a trip to the apple orchard but until then I've got enough excitement for the both of us! Check out my entire apple collection (aptly titled Apples for Days: A Dozen Favorites) and pick your favorite to make!

This post was sponsored by Mode Media but all thoughts and opinions are my own.