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The One Workout Smoothie You Shouldn’t Live Without

The One Workout Smoothie You Shouldn’t Live Without Kitchen CouncilSally from Real Mom Nutrition is kicking off our Kitchen Council posts with a delicious and filling smoothie that is perfect for helping you recover from a great workout. If someone were to ask me for a perfect post-workout snack, I’d suggest crisp apple slices dunked into natural peanut butter, washed down with a small glass of chocolate milk. But you can also whirl this snack into a portable smoothie. It’s refreshing, filling, has just the right amount of sweetness, and covers all the bases needed after exercise: Fluids from apple and milk to replace those lost through sweat. Protein from milk and nut butter to heal muscles. Carbohydrates from apple and milk to boost your blood sugar and replenish the stored carbs your body may have burned through. (Tip: You’ll restock those stored

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Meet Our Kitchen Council

Meet Our Kitchen Council BriannaI’m excited to introduce you to some fresh new faces! Please meet and give a warm welcome to Coryanne Ettiene, Holley Grainger and Sally Kuzemchak, our first official “Kitchen Council!” We couldn’t be more excited to partner with these inspiring experts whom many will recognize from their popular blogs and social media sites. Throughout the year, this fruit-loving team will join myself, Tate, and Lorie to share their ideas, tips, recipes and insights on The Stem as we explore the world of all-things apples, cherries, pears and more! Without further ado, here they are! Coryanne Ettiene Kitchen Living with Coryanne Not always an expert, Coryanne reluctantly found herself in the kitchen at the age of 30 with a talent for burning rice and serving undercooked sausages after a

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Real Time Scenes: Washington Cherry Bloom

Real Time Scenes: Washington Cherry Bloom TateSpring arrived early in Washington this year, which made for an early bloom on our cherry trees throughout the state. This blog post shares scenes from cherry bloom (so far) and gives you a taste of the sweet Stemilt cherries that will come this summer! The first cherry trees in Washington State bloom in the Tri Cities and Mattawa areas. The combination of southern latitudes and early ripening varieties makes the trees in these locales first. The photo above was taken on a sunny Sunday morning in Mattawa, where cherry trees were blooming about three weeks earlier than the historical normal. In another block at the same orchard, you can see cherry blossoms just starting to open up. Most farmers grow multiple varieties that ripen at different times in order to make for a more manageable

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Easy Green Apple Fruit Rollups

Easy Green Apple Fruit Rollups Brianna  Isn’t it great when you receive a gift that will be something that you’ll put to good use at home? I was so excited to receive a food dehydrator last Christmas as I knew it would be put to good use in order to make healthy dried snacks for our busy family. As I flipped through the recipe book that came with this new kitchen gadget, I was amazed at all the different methods for drying foods, including the ability to easily make one of my childhood favorites – fruit roll-ups. After successfully drying apples, pears, and mangoes into chips, I decided it was finally time to give fruit roll-ups a try. But not just any fruit roll-ups – green apple fruit roll-ups that use the well-known and uniquely tart Granny Smith apple variety. I read through the recipe book

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All About Granny Smith Apples

All About Granny Smith Apples BriannaIt’s one of the most recognizable apples around thanks to its bright green skin, famously tart flavor, and tremendous versatility in the kitchen. But, what do we really know about Granny Smith apples? This post will answer just that by sharing all of the fun facts about your favorite green apple variety, Granny Smith. Who is Granny Smith, anyway? The story about how Granny Smith apples came to be is quite unique, and dates back to a 1924 article in Farmer and Settler that was based on interviews of farmers who knew the real Maria Ann (Granny) Smith. She was a British-Australian orchardist who farmed with her husband on 24 acres just outside of Sydney, Australia. The story goes that Granny Smith would often toss the remains of French crab apples (from Tasmania) among the ferns and

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The Ultimate Green Salad

The Ultimate Green Salad LorieWhether prompted by thoughts of four-leaf clovers, dancing leprechauns, or budding trees and bright green lawns…the month of March and the promise of Spring spur cravings for crisp, fresh flavors…and the color green! Flavors that not only taste like Spring… but look like Spring as well! And there’s nothing that does this better than a beautifully composed plating of bright, leafy greens chock full of fresh flavors…beautifully hued in what else but varied tones of green to make a real statement! Stemilt’s Granny Smith apple is the perfect partner in this Spring greens salad, offering a tart pop of fresh crunch and delicious, lemon-tinged flavor that plays beautifully with the light, lemon-parsley vinaigrette and definitely wakes the palate to the promise of the

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5 Superfood Powers of Apples

5 Superfood Powers of Apples BriannaNational Nutrition Month is back again, and I’m giving a nod to this annual wellness initiative by focusing on one of the healthiest foods that we grow. The nutrition powers of fresh apples are well-documented and even embedded into our minds (“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”). But, what do we really know about this superfood? This post shares about 5 of the superfood powers of delicious apples. Superfood Power #1: Apples can aid in weight loss and fight obesity. Apples are naturally free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium and a low calorie, yet nutrient dense food. The portability and year-round availability of apples makes them a great choice for a nutritious daily snack. Apples are a great source of dietary fiber – with 5 grams in one medium-size fruit. The

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Bosc Pear Bread with Maple Glaze and Sugared Almond Crunch

Bosc Pear Bread with Maple Glaze and Sugared Almond Crunch LorieMove over banana bread, there’s a new favorite in town (at least in our little abode). For years, we’ve made banana bread…or more specifically, been moved to make banana bread due to the slow demise of bananas in our fruit bowl. I’ve even tossed over-ripe bananas in the freezer in an effort to extend the brief window they offer before they’re even too ripe for baking. Don’t get me wrong, banana bread is delish…it’s just interesting that it’s most often baked in our home due to need, not necessarily due to want. Using fruit to sweeten bread batter, however, is genius. The same goes with cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. Not only can you lessen the addition of refined sugars when using fruit, it also results in a beautiful, moist crumb. While bananas and apples are often good

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4 Heart Healthy Apple Recipes

4 Heart Healthy Apple Recipes BriannaFebruary is American Heart Month, an important time to discuss and learn about the disease that leads all other causes of death here in the United States. I’ve written before about this annual event and how eating the fruits that we grow can help promote heart health, so this week’s post is a recap of how one of our fruits – apples – benefit the heart, and a roundup of heart healthy recipes packed with them and other heart healthy foods. The famous saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” certainly applies to heart, or cardiovascular, doctors, and here’s why: Apples are a great source of dietary fiber, with 4 grams in a medium sized apple. Increased fiber consumption has been linked to reduced heart attack risk and death from coronary heart

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D’Anjou Pears: A Color Story

D’Anjou Pears: A Color Story BriannaD’Anjou is the most popular winter pear variety, and a fruit that we take great pride in growing here at Stemilt. Did you know that there are actually two types of pears that go by the name d’Anjou? It’s true, two pears carry the very same French name (pronounced AWN-JU),  the same juicy,  sweet-citrus flavor profile, and can both be used for a variety of culinary purposes. As similar as these two pears are, they are two completely different varieties with one very apparent feature that sets them apart: their skin color lies on entirely different ends of the color wheel! Just like their name implies, Green d’Anjou pears have a bright green skin similar to that of Granny Smith apples. They have been around for a long time, and though their history is not completely

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