Monday, October 12, 2009

Apple Ideas...and a GIVEAWAY

Well, even though we had a bunch of party peeps over to pick apples with us this weekend, we still have SO MANY on our tree! We got some really super-thoughtful housewarming gifts, and this was among them from our pals Jeremy and Kristie: I know it looks rather freaky-deaky, but guess what it is?? An apple baker! All you do is core the apple and sprinkle with a little suga and spice (or stevia and cinnamon, in my case) and pop it in the micro or oven. It also tells you to add some butter, but I just drizzled some water over it for moisture instead. It;s such a shame this thing only makes one apple at a time. It works so well though! After our party-hardy on Saturday, I couldn't resist trying it out right away to make an applicious sundae. Yummm...see that little caramel-y drizzle? that's scrapings from the bottom of the apple baker after I microwaved it. OOOOOOHHH!!! (Angels singing--not me--I sound nothing like an angel when I sing.)

I assure you, I will be making lots of these. If you haven't seen my
guest post over at Susan's blog, check it out, because I will also be making lots of those. However, there are only so many ways to eat apples that my little Experimentarian brain can think of.

What are your suggestions?? I would love to hear how you guys would use this apple overload! Savory ideas would be more than welcome!


And I'll do ya one better--GIVEAWAY! That's right friends! It's my VERY FIRST Experimentarian giveaway! Winner gets their very own APPLE BAKER, along with a few other apple-themed goodies...

To enter, just let me know your best creative idea or recipe involving apples. Consider this a challenge! Link back to this post on your blog for another entry (but make sure to leave another comment to let me know!) --that would be sweet! I'll randomly pick a winner on Monday next week.

Have a great week everyone! xoxo

49 comments:

  1. oh my gosh, where did she get that apple thing?! i want one!

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  2. apple turkey wrap!

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  3. i LOVE apple!!
    I like simple snack of apple with sprinkle of cinnamon!

    another great way to eat apple is to put them in oats.
    1/3c. oats + 1 c water . when it comes to boil you add sliced apples. you could also add agar agar to thicken it up like soup!

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  4. I love apples so much I put them in so many desserts this time of year. Dutch Apple Pie, Cocoa Apple Cake, Apple Tarts, Apple Cider....all of these delightful desserts are coming this season. However, my favorite recipe I make is Homemade Oatmeal Cookies with Apples. I drizzle a little caramel over the top of them to make them extra good. Yummy!!! Love the giveaway!!!!

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  5. this isn't all that amazing but my kids think it's the coolest thing ever -

    I slice apples top to bottom, in rounds about a half an inch thick. Then I use a samll cookie cutter to 'core' each slice with fun shapes hearts, stars, snowflakes etc. I soak the slices in water and a drop of lemon essential oil - they stay white and crisp all day long. my son says they are his favorite treat and it helps my kids get excited about apples without caramel or other unnecasary sugar!

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  6. Apple sauce! Super easy to make and will use up a ton of them. Beyond the typical baked goods, you could add them to savoury things like chili, stews, curries, salads, grilled cheese sandwiches... Although I must say, apple oatmeal muffins are one of my all-time faves :)

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  7. How creative is Natalie up there? Anyway, a baked apple stirred into a bowl of hot oats with almond milk and almond butter sounds divine. Did I just use the word divine?

    Fun giveaway :)

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  8. I love cooked sliced apple and onions. I eat it as a side dish!! Yum!

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  9. how fun!! My family and I make homemade applesauce/baked apples by just peeling them, chopping them up, and putting them in the pressure cooker. they are so good!

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  10. Holy cow, that apple bowl is the most innovative thing I've seen all day! How handy!!

    An apple cheddar grilled cheese sandwich - DELISH and creative (sort of?!) ;)

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  11. That apple baker is so cool!

    My favorite apple recipe is apple pie oats.

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  12. The first thing that comes to mind is Waldorf salad.

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  13. I like putting apples in Japanese curry - with sweet potatoes, kabocha, carrots, chicken, coconut milk, and the Japanese curry cubes

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  14. Your apple baker is such a creative little kitchen tool. I don't really cook with apples, but I like to chop them up and add them into my Greek yogurts. Does that count?

    As for store bought, I like apple pies, but I do not make them myself.

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  15. link back here.

    http://theskinnyplate.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/kashi-fiery-fiesta-pilaf/

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  16. I just made an apple pie last weekend after picking up 25lbs of apple!!! It was simple and yummy~~~

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  17. ahhhhhhhhh FABOOSH giveway lady! ummm...best recipe with apples? apple crostadas are simply amazing; apple cinnamon empanadas; apple cinnamon pancakes (just made those on the blog)...i will let you know if i think of anymore!

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  18. that apple baker dish is possibly the greatest thing for apples!!!

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  19. Oh my GOSH what a great giveaway!
    My favorite recipe with apples is sinful. I found it in a Martha Stewart magazine years ago and seriously dream about it. It's peanut butter on potato bread with a piece of bacon, apple slices, and drizzled with honey. Something about the salty/sweet, soft/crunchy combination of all ingredients is HEAVENLY (but also deathly!).

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  20. I LOVE the mini apple baker and especially your creative dessert that goes with it! Anything with ice cream is awesome in my book!

    My favorite thing to make with apples is Apple Cake ~ it rocks my world. Although I do love a good apple almond butter sandwich and my latest fixation to try is making warm cinnamon apples with almond butter and granola.MMMM

    I'll link back tonight.

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  21. How ironic, I just posted on how I am trying to branch out from my obession with apples but I just can't seem to stray from my love of this fruit.

    What a truly amazing giveaway! I am so excited for your first one!

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  22. OMG! I totally posted that before I wrote down my favorite apple recipe. Okay, sorry, just count this second comment as one....

    My favorite thing to make with apples is homemade apple sauce but of course. The chunkier the better! :)

    Love ya girl!

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  23. Here is my link back.

    http://danicasdaily.com/soup-creativity/

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  24. How about a turkey sandwich with cream cheese, trader joe cranberry apple butter, and apple slices

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  25. My favorite apple recipe is Dutch Apple Bread from Eating Well!

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  26. I love pecan baked apples, recipe here :)http://www.cooksrecipes.com/sidedish/pecan-baked-apples-recipe.html

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  27. mmm You know the hype regarding oats in a almost empty pb jar?!..try cut up cinnamon apples in an "almsot" empty jar :) holy cow deliciousness..

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  28. apples and turkey in a panini sandwich...heavenly!
    jenna

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  29. mentioned your blog on my post!
    jenna
    http://jennaelise.blogspot.com/2009/10/its-on-its-way.html

    hope i win!

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  30. I love apples in every form...especially apple and pumpkin butter sandwiches!

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  31. I would make an apple cheddar pie, or apple cheddar scones...the combo is amazing (apple cheddar oatmeal was surprisingly good!)

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  32. At my parents home this past weekend I made a make-shift personal-sized apple cobbler... Healthy and EASY!

    1/2 of a gala apple- chopped
    + a lot of cinnamon
    microwave for 30 seconds...
    Stir.... then go again for 15 more

    Then topped with Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola and a scoop of All-natural peach ice cream...

    SO EASY!

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  33. I love making a soup with carrots, apples, ginger, and curry all pureed together. Yum!

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  34. Apple cinnamon AB oatmeal in the morning...pure deliciousness!

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  35. Well it's not creative, but I love to micro cinnamon apples and mix it into cinnamon cottage cheese!

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  36. I love making healthy apple cake, chunky and delicious with a lot of spice!

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  37. this giveaway is so autumnal and I love it :)

    I am OBSESSED with apple pie oats! nom nom nommmm!

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  38. With extra apples around, I'll slice them up thinly and add them to sandwiches - Peanut butter and apple sandwiches, Turkey or Ham with Apple Sandwiches, Apples and Cheese and Hummus Sandwiches...the sweet crunch is always a nice addition.

    Another warm weather dish is sauteed green cabbage with chunks of apples stirred in at the last few minutes, adds a nice dimension to the veggie dish :)

    I'm crossing my fingers for the apple goodies :)

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  39. Oh what a great giveaway! My favorite recipes involving apples are crockpot apple butter (great on sweet potatoes), apple pie or crumble, or applesauce. Yum!! Thank you! ~Cee~

    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  40. Sounds gross, but when Granny Smiths' are in season I love them with hummus in a toasty sandwich!

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  41. I think apple turkey burgers would be phenomenal

    OR

    warmed apple with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, diced up and mixed in with greek yogurt and more pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon all over!!

    great giveaway!

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  42. linked back
    http://onefitfoodie.blogspot.com/2009/10/lara-bar-review-and-spinning-cert-prep.html

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  43. Oh my gosh.. that thing is nuts!! In a very good way ;)

    My favorite concoction with apples is using apple SAUCE, oatmeal, cinnamon, touch of maple syrup, and a laughing cow cheese wedge!!! It's crazy good.

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  44. http://runroamrecycle.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/first-snowfall-sweet-dreams/

    Linked ya'!

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  45. Definitely adding diced apples & cinnamon to oatmeal, yum!

    xmeliss182x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  46. I often make a hash with apples, sweet potato, onion, and beans, all stir-fried in a touch of evoo, with salt/ pepper/ cinnamon/ chili powder/ garlic, and sometimes some reduced-fat cheese or sour cream on top. It's really nummy!

    Nina
    (girlbehindglass at gmail dot com)

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  47. i love apples as a snack, chopped up really small and mixed with yogurt, cheerios and almonds or peanut butter.

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  48. I'm super boring I just like to cut the apple into chunks and sprinkle with cinnamon, honey, and PB, pure deliciousness!

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  49. Thanks for the insight. You are absolutely right.

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