I love the fall.  The colors, the cooler weather, and the apples!  I hail from apple country, and I have a lot of fond memories of picking and cooking with apples. Braeburn, Granny Smith, Jonathon, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Northern spy, you name it, apples are great to eat and to cook with. If you want an easy to read chart on different apple types and there uses check out the Apple page at Betty Crocker.

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If you live anywhere near an apple orchard I suggest you take a trip out.  You don’t necessarily have to pick your own apples, most orchards sell them already picked.  Most orchards also have information regarding the different types of apples they grow and there uses.  The orchard we love to go to sells many types of apples, pumpkins, fresh cider, jams, and preserves, and even wine, all made locally.  They also have fresh homemade doughnuts which Dave ends up gorging himself on every year (Yes Dave I saw that 4th doughnut!)  In honor of apple season, and because I’m going to buy a crap load of apples, this week I’ll be making homemade applesauce, baked apples, mulled apple cider, and of course apple pie.  I know that apples are good for you, but what happens to the numbers when you add other yummy ingredients?  We’ll find out, but first it’s time to take a trip north to the orchard and get an assortment of delicious, fresh apples!