Adventures, Just for the Weekend

Apple Picking and Apple Recipes

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This week, I’m in New England celebrating a joint birthday weekend with my best friends and a fall adventure vacation. My first stop was Rhode Island, to visit my friend. It’s the first time I’ve been to this state, and, though small, it’s beautiful this time of year. My first day here, my friend took the train from Boston and met us in Rhode Island. And when trying to figure out how to spend the day, I suggested apple picking. We found an orchard online, set the GPS, and drove out there. We spent the afternoon walking around, trying to reach apples high up in the trees, and laughing. Then, with a bag full of apples, we headed home with the idea of trying to use them all in some kind of recipe. Here are some fall foods to try when you find yourself coming home with a giant bag of apples.


Honeycrisp Apple Sangria


  • 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, chopped
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (I suggest a light-bodied Spanish variety)
  • 1 and ¾ cups homemade apple cider or store-bought
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • club soda, to taste



Chicken Apple Pasta Salad


  • 12 oz Corkscrew Pasta
  • 2 cups Cooked Chicken Cubed
  • 2 cups Red Grapes Sliced in Half
  • 2 ribs Celery Sliced Thin
  • 2 medium Granny Smith Apples
  • 1½ cups Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP Honey
  • 2 TBSP white vinegar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp Poppy Seeds



Caramel Apple Pork Chops


  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples – peeled, cored and sliced


Apple Crisp

For the crumb topping:
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter diced into small chunks

For the Apple filling:
  • 3-4 large Granny Smith apples peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
For serving (optional)
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce

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Apple Doughnuts


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce, from jar
  • 1 ½ cup fresh apple, peeled and grated

For the Coating:

  • unsweetened applesauce OR melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg, optional


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