It's officially well into apple season here in the Northeast. Have you done any apple picking yet this fall? If you have and you're like me, you've got quite an abundance of apples now! Don't know what to do with all of them? That's why I am here to help. Let me share some good recipes with you!
Apple picking is an important experience for me and my children every fall. I recently discovered a lovely farm out in the Metro West area that I must share with you. It's Tougus Family Farm in Northborough. This farm is perfect for people with or without children. It's very family friendly. Many young couples go for an apple picking date, too. For those who have children: they offer hay ride and face painting. There are two playgrounds. One for younger children and one for older children. There are also some cute animals and a wooden bridge for the goats to walk around. My children always have a blast there. There are burger shack for lunch and Snack shack (selling apple cider donuts) next to the apple trees. So you don't need to worry if your children will ever get hungry. The price is very reasonable as compared to Belkin Family Lookout Farm. My advice is to get there as early as possible, though. This farm gets extremely crowded in the afternoon.
As I mentioned in STAY BEAUTIFUL. STAY HEALTHY: 5 SECRETS TO KEEPING YOUR BODY TONED WHILE ENJOYING GOOD FOOD & WINE!, a balanced "nice" and "naughty" diet is very important for establishing long-term health and wellness. With that in mind, let me share the "nice" recipe with you first!
This apple kale smoothie is absolutely delicious. Personally, I need to have it every week.
As you may know, apples are very rich in fiber. One single, medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of fiber, about 17% of the recommended daily intake. Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants like Quercetin and Kaempferol. This smoothie is a healthy and tasty treat that brightens my morning!
I usually pre-make enough smoothie for two days and place it in a huge glass bottle. In the morning, I usually have my hands full with my children. Since I have no time to have breakfast for myself, I can just bring it to the car and drink it when I drive both kids to school.
If you're trying to grow some lean muscle, I would suggest you add some hemp protein powder into the smoothie. The protein will also keep you feel full longer. You can enjoy the smoothie after the workout.
This past summer, I went to Russo's at Watertown. I really like this super market because they have a good selection of both Asian and Western ingredients. Their prices are mostly quite reasonable and the quality is good. They also have an amazing herb collection. I purchased a pot of pineapple sage and the aroma is absolutely heavenly. I add it into my apple kale smoothies - so delicious and refreshing! This is the must-try smoothie recipe if you have so many apples at home after apple picking!!
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What sparked your passion for the industry?
The desire to make things by hand. The joy of sharing delicious, hearty food with students. The opportunity for people to get connected via cooking and baking. When a child smiled broadly and told me it’s the best scone he has ever made and eaten, it really made my day!
In your opinion, what’s the most important course?
Well, I usually take a peek at the wine list first. I like tapas style, so the course doesn’t really matter. Cheese and charcuterie are always a good place to start. And since I’m a pastry chef, there is always room for dessert!
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