Across the blogosphere pumpkin seems to the be perennial winner every fall. Once labor day hits (and probably even before), I notice my blog reader filling up with recipes for things sweet and savory like Pumpkin Choocolate Chip Cookie Pies, Pumpkin Chocolate Pudding, and Pumpkin Chili. Even though I don’t cook with it so often I find myself snatching what few remaining cans of pumpkin there are when I see them at the store, anticipating some kind of shortage. (Who knew food blogging would turn me into some kind of hoarder.)
But really, truly there is another kind of fall produce that has my heart: apples. Even though I know my viewpoint is probably less common, apples are more quintessential fall to me than pumpkins, possibly because they are usually accompanied with trips to some charming orchard. There my eyes are generally bigger than any sense of rationality. Every year without fail I over pick and endless baking and cooking projects follow.
With an apple picking trip on the horizon this weekend I’ve already been bookmarking delicious sounding recipes as well as reminding myself of those recipes I’ve made in the past and loved. Here are a few that are currently on my radar…
Je Mange la Ville’s Acorn Squash, Apple & Sage Appetizer Puffs
Cara’s Cravings’ Baked Salmon Rangoon with Apple and Goat Cheese
Sides, Salads & Misc:
The Novice Chef’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Applesauce
5 Star Foodie’s Fennel and Apple Gratin
Skinnytaste’s Cinnamon Apple Spiced Oatmeal
Tri to Cook’s Apple Butter Vinaigrette
Cake, Batter & Bowl’s Apple Spinach Salad with Maple Walnuts
Not Without Salt’s Fall’s Sandwich
5 Star Foodie’s Virginia Ham Wellington with Apple and Honey Bordelaise
In Good Taste’s White Bean & Apple Chili
We are not Martha’s Apple Pie Ice Cream
Healthy Food for Living’s Caramel Apple Cider Shake
A Homemaker’s Habitat’s Apple Cherry Galette
Cinnamon Girl’s Mini Caramel Apple Cakes
Branappetit’s Maple Apple Walnut Bread
And should you be local to Chicago, my new neighborhood is putting on Apple Days through this Friday. Clearly an event after my own heart! Local businesses are offering up apple related specials and many more are giving out free apples. Chicago Culinarian has a full list. I’m especially intrigued by the sound of the Apple-Almond Spicy Salad at Thai Classic, since I don’t normally associate apples with Thai Cuisine.
What about you? What apple recipes are your fall favorites?