I can’t believe another year is coming to a close. The changing seasons and the effect each one has on our fruit trees always has me in awe, but they sure do seem to make time go by faster than it once did. Again, here we are in the midst of winter, and reflecting on another exciting year for our World Famous Fruits.

Before we look ahead to 2017, I wanted to share our top 10 blog posts from 2016 with our faithful readers. Whether they remind you to make that pie recipe once again, or you find something delicious that you missed, I hope that each one offers inspiration to you for using Stemilt fruits in new ways. From all of us at Stemilt, Happy Holidays and thanks for reading The Stem blog!

  1. Building a Healthy a Bento Box

In this post, Sally from our Kitchen Council taps into the popular trend of packing lunches bento style! Compartmentalized spaces keeps food separate and allows kids to sample a little of everything, while fueling up on good nutrition.

  1. Simple Apple Pie Cookies

Coryanne shares a stunning yet simple recipe for cookies that look like mini apple pies and have the amazing aroma and flavor that we all love in apple pie, too. These are a must-make.

  1. Overnight Oatmeal with Apples

Lorie helps simplify weekday breakfasts with a make-ahead overnight oat recipe featuring fresh apples. I’m personally a huge fan of overnight oatmeal in the warm summer months!

  1. Dutch Apple Pie

A Dutch apple pie is one with a crumble instead of crust topping, and it is equally as delicious to the classic. Here, Coryanne from our Kitchen Council shares her variation that’s filled with fresh apples and spices.

  1. 5 Ways to Enjoy Piñata Apples

One of our favorite apple varieties at Stemilt is so versatile! In this post, I share 5 different ways to enjoy Piñata® apples. This apple is in season now so be sure to try these ideas soon!

  1. Tips for Grilling Pears

You don’t have to reserve grilling for the summer months only. Fall and winter is a great time to grill fresh pears, and Jennifer from our Kitchen Council shares her grilling tips to make an easy and delicious dessert.

  1. SweetTango Apples: 3 Simple Snacks

In this blog post with a video, learn how to make three simple snacks with apples. SweeTango® is out of season now, so give these a try with our delicious Piñata® or Pink Lady® apples.

  1. Coordinating Fall Flavors

Bookmark this for next September so that you can make sure marry up the season’s flavors, including pairings like apples and squash, cinnamon and more.

  1. A Healthier Take on a Waldorf Salad

Sally is back with another healthy spin on an old classic – Waldorf salad. You’ll love the textures and flavors that this twist on Waldorf brings to the table.

  1. The Mystique of Moon Cherries

It’s true that we are already counting the days until cherry season (117 give or take), and this post tells the backstory of our very special A Half Mile Closer to the Moon™ cherries.