Tagged: ‘apples’

Culinary Traveler: Valley of Fruit

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, which happened in a flash last week when I drove south on El Camino Real, passing the land that used to be Olson’s cherry orchards. The aging cherry trees have been pulled out to make way for more shopping centers and apartments, which is also the fate for Brentwood, west of Stockton, where much of our California fruit has been coming from in the last decade.

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Sonoma Mission Inn Apple Oatcakes

This inventive low-fat recipe (the liquid is water) comes from the Sonoma Mission Inn spa restaurant, where I had them for breakfast paired with chicken apple sausage. I am glad I asked for the recipe, for I have never seen it anywhere.

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Pumpkin Apple Bread

With the myriad of pumpkin recipes that get circulated this time of year, one thing is consistent–recipes call for canned pumpkin puree. Of course with the back to the local and sustainable movement, using a canned product might be passed over as too 1950s. But there is a reason canned pumpkin is so popular–its fantastic.

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Apple Crumble with Maple Créme Fraîche


A good cooking apple needs to keep its shape during baking. Its flavor, sour-sweet when raw, mellows delightfully. We like baking with medium- to large-sized Pippin, Granny Smith, and Fuji; Golden Delicious and McIntosh are wonderful if very firm, and…

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The Healthiest Foods for Under $1

Every first week of January is the time to make New Years’ resolutions. It’s just something that goes with the turning of the calendar year, the gateway of looking back at the old and looking forward to the new. As a child, my resolutions were things like I will be nicer to my sister, I will work harder to get better grades, and maybe we can get a puppy.

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Vampire Dessert Buffet-Recipes and How To

photograph by Philip Burne-Jones Bt. (1861-1926)

Buffet Preparation, Storage,and Service Timeline

  • Prepare two chocolate tortes, the chocolate sauce, the crêpes, almonds, biscotti, chocolate chip cookie dough, and double batch of compote 2 to 3 days ahead.
    Miss Grace Jones/horror comedy/1991/look for…

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Spring is Here-Rhubarb Desserts

I spied the first field-grown rhubarb in the produce section the other day and that means local grown rhubarb will be showing up at the farmer’s market as well. What a treat for the seasonal pie maker. If I don’t have time, I will make a crisp, even a small one for two.

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My Favorite Bottom Crust Apple Pie

One of the best, and easiest, ways to prepare fruit in season is to make a pie. Not just any pie, but a really simple pie–one any one can make even if you are making a pie for the first time–the crostata or galette. The galette is a French term for a free-form, open faced pie; crostata the Italian equivalent.

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