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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How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apple Slices

How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apple Slices BriannaDipping fruit in chocolate is nothing new, especially when we think of the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day – and its most popular dessert, chocolate covered strawberries. And while I love fruits like apples all on their own, I also think that we all deserve a treat every now and then, and that there is nothing better than dipping apples in something sweet (peanut butter is one classic pairing that comes to mind)! The saying “everything tastes better with chocolate” came right to mind after I made and bit into one of these chocolate dipped apple slices. Whether you are looking for a treat for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, or a simple and quick dessert that uses ingredients you likely have on hand at home, follow the step-by-step

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All About Pink Lady Apples

All About Pink Lady Apples TateYou likely know and love their zippy, sweet-tart flavor and crisp, juicy bite, but what else do you know about Pink Lady® apples? The pink-skinned apple that shines bright in supermarkets every Valentine’s Day has an interesting story to tell, and one that, as growers of Pink Lady apples, we couldn’t wait to share with you. 5 Things You Should Know About the Pink Lady Apple 1. It was born in the 1970’s in Australia. In 1973, John Cripps, a researcher from Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture, crossed the American classic Golden Delicious apple with a late-ripening and attractive red Australian apple called Lady Williams. (Apple breeders cross the pollen of two or more varieties in order to develop a new variety with unique genetics and they hope, great

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The Easiest Homemade Applesauce Recipe

The Easiest Homemade Applesauce Recipe BriannaValentine’s Day is right around the corner, and in the world of apples, that means it’s the Pink Lady® brand apples time to shine. This pink-skinned apple has a zippy tart flavor, crisp bite, and effervescent finish. It’s as pretty as it is refreshing and one of the more versatile apples around thanks to its firm skin and dense flesh. Because of that versatility, Pink Lady apples are known to standout in salads, pies, baking, as a fresh snack, and now….homemade applesauce. The sweet yet predominately tart flavor of Pink Lady apples make it a favorite apple among kids. And it’s hard to find a snack that more kids agree on than applesauce. With extra Pink Lady apples on hand, I decided to combine these two kid loves using my tried and true no-sugar added,

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Pinata Apple, Grains & Greens Bowl

Pinata Apple, Grains & Greens Bowl LorieSalads come in all shapes, sizes… and compositions. Quarter wedges of lettuce, simply dressed… to delicate chops with everything but the kitchen sink dropped in; dinner size salads, with all the elements of a complete meal… to scant sides with nary more than a wisp of greens to whet your whistle; and, the grandly tossed to the artfully composed. The concept of a salad has come a long way from a few bits of iceberg lettuce dressed with a store-bought, bottled vinaigrette and served as a side thought to a main meal. They are now often the main meal… and, deliciously so. A great way to enjoy a mix and match of all your favorite, go-to nutritious salad options… somewhere between a toss and a composition… is to build a bowl. It’s the perfect vehicle for

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How to Make a Sweet Apple Smoothie

How to Make a Sweet Apple Smoothie BriannaOne of my favorite ways to get multiple servings of fruits and vegetables at one time is to blend them into a smoothie. It takes a little bit of prep work and a little bit of time for clean-up, but the delicious, nutritious, and on-the-go meal addition makes it so worthwhile (as does the fact that my child puts green smoothies and a bowl of ice cream in the same category!). Back in October, Stemilt introduced a new product line just for those of us who blend fruits and vegetables into a smoothie, or juice them with our juicers. Enter Fresh Blenders™, a 5lb. bag of either sweet or tart Stemilt apples that makes adding apples to homemade smoothies and juice blends  convenient and affordable. The apples inside the bag come from our orchards in Washington State, and Fresh Blenders are now

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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce & Apple Gift

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce & Apple Gift BriannaI put a lot of energy into holiday desserts, always trying to one up last years result and impress anyone I’m feeding  the dessert to (whether I always accomplish that or not is a different story). This past Thanksgiving was no exception. I was tasked with making apple pie, but wanted to make it special. First, I decided to use a trio of apples – Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Stemilt’s signature apple, Pinata. But somehow that wasn’t enough and I came up with the idea to make caramel sauce to drizzle over it. But not just any caramel sauce. Salted caramel sauce. Wow, what a huge hit it was. The slightly salty sweet sauce matched so well with the combination of sweet and tart apples and pie crust. Not to toot my own horn, but relatives were literally choosing

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How to Poach Pears

How to Poach Pears Lorie  Poached pears have such a lovely, graceful and elegant appearance that I kind of look at them as being synonymous with most any festive occasion, the holidays in particular. With their creamy white flesh and subtle sweetness, they are most agreeable to assuming a wide range of flavors… yet are especially delicious with the spices and warm notes we look to during the holidays… sweet wine, cranberry, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, vanilla, etc. And, perhaps the best part of poaching pears… other than their delicious flavor… is that they are relatively easy to make. If you can boil water, you can poach a pear! After all, poaching is just the process of simmering ingredients in a liquid or water until you achieve the desired doneness you are after. When you poach pears, you are

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