Easy Apple Egg Carton Craft

Easy Apple Egg Carton Craft BriannaThe leaves are turning and starting to fall from trees, the air is crisp, and the temperatures keep cooling. There’s no doubt that the fall season has arrived in Washington State! Last weekend, I was able to enjoy a rare rainy Saturday while visiting family on the west side of the state (or “wet” side as many eastern Washingtonians call it). With not one, but THREE kids (my niece and nephew joined in on the fun) under age 5 to entertain indoors, I thought we’d better pull out a craft of some kind to keep the little hands busy. This easy apple egg carton craft is my combination of a few Pinterest ideas, and definitely did the trick! Eggs are among the staple foods in our house (my toddler loves them!), and so I have quite the collection of empty egg cartons. Rather

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Apple, Cabbage & Cauliflower Crunch Salad

Apple, Cabbage & Cauliflower Crunch Salad LorieThere’s a lot written about the pros and cons of a raw food diet, or a plant-based diet, none of which I’ve delved into at any great level as it isn’t our personal methodology. Like many folks, however, we have assumed a very common sense approach to eating, incorporating a variety of foods that are as “clean” and “natural” as possible, leaning more heavily to fruits and vegetables, and curbing refined sugars, starches and the like. In my own kitchen, there’s a lot of leafy greens, fresh fruits, vibrant vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, some fish, and a bit of chicken. Ultimately, moderation sets the tone on what gets made in our kitchen and what doesn’t. Having said all of that, eating raw (and/or plant based) has a strong personal appeal that is unrelated to nutritional value,

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Harvesting Honeycrisp Apples

Harvesting Honeycrisp Apples TateIt’s the most sought after apple in supermarkets today and almost always comes out on top when we ask people what their favorite apple is. Juicy with a honey-sweet flavor and incredible fracture, Honeycrisp apples are truly special. In this post, I’m going to share the extra measures we take to ensure that every Honeycrisp apple is harvested with care. After all, it takes special care to harvest a special apple like Honeycrisp. Honeycrisp apple harvest gets underway in late August or early September in Washington State and continues for about a month. Here at Stemilt, we are just about done with Honeycrisp apple harvest for the year. Our growers use a variety of methods to determine when to harvest their Honeycrisp apple crop. They get a harvest range off the dates their

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Pinned & Proven: Apple Pie Energy Bites

Pinned & Proven: Apple Pie Energy Bites BriannaFall has arrived and that means fresh apples are now available in abundance! I’ve been eating my Stemilt apple a day without effort (I’m very fond of our SweeTango apples right now), but noticed this weekend that my fridge was still quite full of apples. As I often do, I turned to Pinterest to help remedy that, and after a quick browse of apple snack ideas, I found a healthy, tasty, grab-and-go snack that I knew would be perfect for our family’s busy week ahead. To me, one of the best things about apples is that they are such a portable snack on their own. Toss one in your purse, your lunch…wherever you wish…and it will be ready to eat in an instant. But sometimes, it’s fun to mix up snack time with several ingredients that each provide their own

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Apple Cheddar Scones with Honey Glaze

Apple Cheddar Scones with Honey Glaze BriannaI’m excited to introduce guest blogger Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat to The Stem. Amy is a food writer and recipe developer based in Austin, TX who puts a spin on her Bubbe’s (grandmother) traditional Jewish recipes on her blog. She is equal parts witty and creative, and guest blogging with us this week to explain the connection that apples and honey share in an upcoming Jewish holiday. Whether you celebrate Rosh Hashanah or not, you’ll love this sweet and savory apple scone recipe she dreamed up! Amy will also be hosting our #ApplesnHoney Twitter party on Tuesday September 23 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST and you’re invited to join in! We’ll be giving away two boxes of fresh Stemilt apples and chatting all about cooking with apples. RSVP here! Take it away

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Pear, White Chocolate & Almond Oatmeal Cookies

Pear, White Chocolate & Almond Oatmeal Cookies Lorie  Pear harvest is underway for Stemilt in Washington State, with delicious, crisp, and juicy pears heading to your stores now. To celebrate, Lorie is back on the blog this week to share a delicious pear and oatmeal cookie recipe with you. Simple to make and the perfect way to welcome fall fruits and cooler weather, share with your neighbors as a gift, or treat your kids when they come home from that exciting first day of school. This low-sugar cookie recipe is also a great way to tame a sweet tooth, while benefiting from the goodness inside each nutritious Stemilt pear. Enjoy! Pear, White Chocolate & Almond Oatmeal Cookies Makes: 3 dozen (2-inch cookies) Degree of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Prep Time: 45 minutes If “healthy decadence” looked like a cookie, than this

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Easy Homemade Peach Sorbet

Easy Homemade Peach Sorbet BriannaIt’s been HOT here in Washington State. In fact, July was the hottest month since weather record keeping started. Since it’s been too hot to venture outside in the afternoon, I decided to keep my son busy by enlisting his help to make a treat that would help us all cool off. Enter the easiest homemade peach sorbet recipe ever! Peaches are my favorite fruit, and Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peaches are something I look forward to all year long. Our entire crop of peaches and nectarines has been grown and certified organic for six seasons now, and the flavor that natural farming methods deliver is truly out of this world. They are juicy, sweet, a little tart, and SO good! A perfect summer treat that my family enjoys often while they are in season in August and September

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Why Cherry Harvest Starts at Sunrise

Why Cherry Harvest Starts at Sunrise TateI often have the privilege of showing visitors around my family’s cherry orchards atop Stemilt Hill. Just like I showed you in this blog post on The Stem, we visit the orchard to see how cherries are harvested (hand-picked!), and the tasks we do after they are harvested to ensure this perishable fruit maintains that fresh-off-the-tree quality we all love. I always enjoy these tours, and any time I get to spend in the orchard, but they do come with a price tag  – a 4:45 AM start time! In this week’s blog post, I thought it would be fun to share with you the importance of harvesting cherries in the early morning hours, and why we’ve been doing just that at Stemilt for over 50 years. In the year 1958, my grandfather, Tom Mathison, received a mere $88 for his 100 ton

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Sweet Cherry & Farro Salad

Sweet Cherry & Farro Salad LorieThere are a lot of things to love about summer, yet fresh fruit… and the sheer variety of such… has got to be at the very top of the list. In the same manner that an artist might be joyous in receiving a whole new range of paints to express his or her creativity, the availability of beautiful, sun-ripened summer fruit can make a cook (and eater!) a bit giddy with delight. Apart from being great cereal toppers, summer fruits are fantastic in soups, salads, sandwiches, and salsas. They can be popped on the barbecue, or slipped into the oven to roast; paired with dessert or partnered with poultry. The options are truly endless. This is particularly so with beautiful Stemilt sweet cherries. While cherries are glorious nibbled fresh, Stemilt’s plump, sweet cherries are incredibly versatile

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7 Secrets of Rainier Cherries

7 Secrets of Rainier Cherries BriannaThey’re golden yellow with a perky pink to red blush and a sinfully sweet flavor. Delicate inside and out and a must to devour by the handful during the few short months they are in season. They are Rainier cherries! And with National Rainier Cherry Day happening on July 11th, we’re celebrating this delicious cherry variety here by unveiling 7 things you might not know about Rainier cherries. 1. Bing + Van = Rainier cherry variety. It still baffles me to think that Bing and Van, two red cherry varieties, were combined to create the golden Rainier cherry that we know and love today. But in 1952, that’s exactly what happened when Harold Fogel and other researchers from the Washington Agriculture Experiment Station in Prosser, WA crossed the two well-known red cherry

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