Gravenstein Apple Slab Pie

There is a local apple variety that is hitting the markets right now — the Gravenstein Apple. It’s juicy and fresh, with a delightfully balanced flavor. This early ripening apple is an old fashioned variety that does well in northern CA, with Sonoma County it’s epicenter of production. I attended the Gravenstein Apple Fair last…

Apple Cranberry Pie

Cranberries are a bright red addition to the classic apple pie.  They both happen to be available in my market, so Apple Cranberry Pie happened today. I made this pie with a double all-butter crust for extra richness.  One tip for baking a perfect pie with evenly brown crust top and bottom is to thoroughly…

Apple, Fennel & Walnut Salad

I saw some beautiful apples in my produce market today — fresh from a local grower.  They inspired this updated twist on a Waldorf Salad. I swapped out celery for fennel bulb, and accented the anise flavor of the fennel with tarragon from my garden.  I lightened the dressing by using olive oil and lemon…

Duck Burgers with Apple and Onion Sauté

Here’s a savory duck burger topped with a simple apple and onion sauté.  Duck is milder than beef, and I think the flavor is more interesting than chicken.  Plus it pairs really well with the star fruit of the season – apples. I created a simply spiced duck burger that allowed the sweet and meaty…

Barley Apple Scones

I picked up a bag of barley flour at my produce market this week, and was curious about how this fine, whole grain flour would work in my scone recipe.  I prepared this scone with diced apple baked and cinnamon sugar.  A great combo! I know that barley is a highly nutritious grain, with a…

Apple Sage Meatloaf

Autumn is close at hand, and that means apples are in season.  My local market has beautiful seasonal apples, and I love to include them in savory dishes – including this fragrant meatloaf. This twist on classic meatloaf flavors a 1/2 and 1/2 combination of turkey and pork with sweet apple, fresh sage, and onion….