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Now that the Fall equinox has arrived, it’s time to break out your mixer. Pumpkin? Yes. Spice? Yes. But skip the fake sweeteners and flavors and also give a big “YES!” to apples. Why?

Because they keep the doctor away. Seriously – eating apples can improve your digestion, and help with anemia, diabetes and heart disease.

They go in everything from sandwiches to salads.

They were an essential part of this week’s celebration of Rosh Hashanah, symbolizing a sweet new year.

The Pumpkin Patch in Oregon has over a dozen apple recipes to choose from. They’ve got you covered for everything from applesauce to muffins.

The nice people at King Arthur Flour will keep you busy – 35 different kinds of ginger cookies, to be exact. And that’s just one category!

You can start prepping for Thanksgiving using Williams-Sonoma’s “Guide to Pie.” With 8 weeks left to experiment, your friends and family may thank you!

And if you’re itching for a new pumpkin recipe, try the pumpkin crumb cake muffins at Sally’s Baking Addiction

You can always keep it simple by slicing a few of your favorite apples, adding a little butter and honey and baking them at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. It’s my go-to all Winter long, but especially when Honeycrisps are in season. Comfort food at its easiest…

Get cookin’!

 

Applesauce, apple muffins + more from The Pumpkin Patch

King Arthur Flour Ginger & molasses cookies

Cooking Light – Healthy Apple Recipes

Southern Living – Fall Pie, Tart and Cobbler Recipes

Pioneer Woman Caramel Apples

Barefoot Contessa Carrot Cake with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting