THE ADAPTABLE APPLE

NY, NY –Tempted to take the family apple picking? Wondering what you’ll do with all those apples? Did you know when European colonists arrived in North America, there were only wild crab apple trees? Today there are hundreds of commercial varieties—many originally brought by Dutch and English settlers—from tart-crisp to sweet-succulent. The legendary Johnny Appleseed can be credited for spreading apple production by creating nurseries. The most popular varieties today are Red and Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith. While apples are grown in every state in the Continental US, Washington is the top producer. Best of all, the apple is one of nature’s powerhouse foods, chock full of nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. So much so that the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is sage advice, since a balanced diet that includes lots of apples can keep your immune system strong. And because apples are so wonderfully versatile they lend themselves to many delicious sweet and savory dishes, and are especially delightful when paired with full-bodied cheeses. Homemade Applesacue 3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Macintosh, or Gravenstein)Peel and Juice of one lemon1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 cup dark brown sugar1/4 cup white sugar½ teaspoon salt1 cup water Place ingredients in a large pot and cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat to cool. Removing cinnamon stick and lemon peel; mash with potato masher. Serve warm or cold. Try applesauce with pork tenderloin, potato pancakes or latkes or add to oatmeal and yogurts. For an instant apple cobbler treat, top vanilla ice cream with homemade applesauce, crunchy sugared nuts and crumbled shortbread, biscotti or amaretto cookies. Baked Apple 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans1/2 cup dark brown sugar1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots2 teaspoons cinnamon4 large Granny Smith apples2 teaspoons unsalted butter8-inch square deep baking panAluminum foil Preheat oven to 350o. Peel apples, starting at the top, 1/4 of the way down sides. Core apples carefully, using an apple corer or small knife, to create a wide top opening (11/2 - 2 inches in diameter) while keeping bottom intact. Toss together nuts, sugar, apricots and cinnamon. Gently pack mixture into apples, and placing butter (1/2 teaspoon) on top of each apple. Place apples in pan. Pour water into pan about 1/4 inch deep. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes. Serves 4. Chunky Apple, Cheese & Sausage Pancake 2 eggs1 ½ cups grated Jarlsberg2 cored, seeded and chopped large apples (2 ½ cups)1 cup low fat milk1 cup all purpose flour¼ teaspoon EACH cinnamon, cardamom and salt8 ounces (pork, beef or soy-based) breakfast link sausages, cooked and crumbled, fat drained off on paper towels In a large bowl, mix together first four ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix flour with spices. Mix wet with dry ingredients. Add crumbled sausage. Cover bowl and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 425o. Oil spray an oven-proof 9- or 10-inch skillet. Stir the batter and pour into pan. Bake 20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Serve with a salad and mango chutney or with maple syrup, honey and/or cranberry preserves. Serves 4-6. Dutch Apple Panini 4 slices whole wheat, marbled rye or multi grain bread4 slices Gouda cheese1 Macintosh, Fuji or Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced2 slices cooked lean ham, prosciutto or thin sliced applewood smoked bacon or sausage2 tablespoons butter Compose two sandwiches with first 4 ingredients. Spread top of each sandwich with butter. Heat a grill pan and place sandwiches butter side down. Place a heavy skillet on top to secure and cook until golden brown and crispy on bottom (about 2 minutes). Remove heavy skillet and spread remaining butter on top of sandwiches before turning over. Top with heavy skillet again and cook until brown and crispy, about 1 minute. Serves 2.


Grab a Group and Head to Happy Hour at Mulberry Street

White Plains’ Newest Italian Restaurant Offers Amazing Specials Monday-Friday White Plains (August 2012) – Mulberry Street Italian Kitchen, White Plains’ newest Italian restaurant, recently introduced incredible happy hour offers every weekday from 5-8 pm. Whether it’s a post-work drink to unwind, the perfect place to reconnect with a friend or a date spot that you are seeking, the bar at Mulberry Street is the perfect spot. Enjoy $3 domestic beers, $4 select wines and $5 mixed drinks Monday-Friday while sitting at the stunning, 45-foot long white Carerra marble bar, which is the centerpiece of the recently renovated space that was home to Eclisse and Laguna for many years. Other updates include new wall and floor finishes, extensive lighting, new tables and chairs and historic images of Little Italy throughout history. “Our Happy Hour specials are a great way to unwind after a tough day at the office or catch up with friends,” said John Gazzola, owner of Mulberry Street and White Plains native. “Combined with delicious food and a new redesign of the restaurant, our Happy Hours are sure to be a hit.” When Happy Hour has you craving more, have a seat and order some of Mulberry’s delicious Italian favorites, including brick oven pizzas, various pastas in everything from alfredo to marinara to vodka sauce, or classic dishes like chicken parmigiana, seafood scampi or veal marsala. Dishes are served family or personal style, so diners can share several dishes or indulge in one or two favorites. Desserts include chocolate chip cannoli, Junior’s NY cheesecake and of course, smooth Tiramisu. Since opening in May of this year, Mulberry Street has quickly become a premier dining destination for classic Italian food in an upscale but comfortable atmosphere. The main dining room and bar seats 100 people at tables adorned with gingham linens. The private dining space downstairs can accommodate up to 100 people for a sit-down dinner and 150 people for a cocktail party. A grand piano situated in the corner of the main dining space is manned every Saturday night from 8-11 pm with a live pianist who entertains guests with favorites tunes that beg for a sing-a-long. For more information or to make reservations please call (914) 761-1111 or visit mulberrystreetwp.com Mulberry Street is located at 189 East Post Road in White Plains. The restaurant is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:30am to 10pm and Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm. Mulberry Street offers affordable individual and family-style dishes, an upscale bar, live entertainment and private event space. For more information please call (914) 761-1111 or visit mulberrystreetwp.com. Check out Mulberry Street’s Facebook and Twitter pages at facebook.com/mulberrystreetwp and twitter.com/mulberrystreet1.

 

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