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Your #1 Guide to Cooking with Apples

Welcome to the September/October 2019 edition of RecipeLion Magazine. We’re excited about this issue, since fall is such a wonderful time of year for all those rich fall recipes. It’s also the perfect time of year to slip on a cozy sweater and enjoy a good book, or go for a walk outside with the leaves crunching underfoot. And when it comes to cooking, fall is second to none. From apples to cinnamon to caramel to pumpkin, it’s hard not to get a flutter of excitement! 

This issue of RecipeLion Magazine is about celebrating all that fall has to offer, starting with its signature flavor: apple. We have a slew of apple recipes for you to choose from, paired with a handy apple-picking guide to help maximize your efforts. And if you enjoy a bit of tailgating before a football game, we have a few recipes—both lighter and heartier—to serve up to your crew. 

Of course,  it’s not fall until you enjoy a warm bowl of homemade soup after a brisk day outside, which is why we know you’re going to love the soup recipes we have in store. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of time to cook, either. We’re including a collection of all-day slow cooker recipes. Toss in the ingredients, set the timer, and let the slow cooker take care of the rest. And to further help you save time, we also have a collection of cake mix desserts that require very little prep but turn out oh-so-yummy. 

From exploring corn mazes to taking a hay ride to heading out to the local harvest festival, there are plenty of reasons to relish this time of year, and we hope that the recipes in this issue will help you enjoy the season to its fullest.

Check out some of this edition’s harvest!

Fall Food Royalty: Apples

Here in New England, apples hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Now we get to share that joy with you!

  • Cinnamon Baked ApplesStuffed apples are the perfect “I want to impress my guests but nothing too tricky” kind of dessert. Leave them cooking in the slow cooker while dinner is served to whet your guests appetites and finish off the presentation with ice cream and other toppings.
  • Apple Cinnamon Coffee CakeIf there’s one thing that can make coffee cake better, it’s apples. This recipe combines a warm apple-cinnamon filling with a crunchy walnut topping. Pair it with a mug of fresh coffee and you have a breakfast that will start your day off right!
  • Apple Fritter Bake: The combination of sweet and tart apple flavors from the Fuji and Granny Smith apples, respectively, adds dimension to this apple dessert. We’ve also added in touches of apple butter and apple pie spice to help round out the flavor and taste better than anything you’d find in the frozen food aisle.
  • Maple Apple CookiesYes, please! Maple syrup is an ideal ingredient to use in a variety of baked goods. It can often stand in for sugar as a sweetener, which is often a healthier option. (And really, who doesn’t love maple syrup!) Pack a few of these cookies up and take them with you as you run errands for an any-time-of-day snack.

Tailgate Like a Champion

Fall isn’t all about apples. We can’t forget that the season brings around plenty of opportunities to tailgate.

  • Homemade Chicken PotstickersThese are the perfect snacks to enjoy while you’re tossing a ball around or holding your favorite beverage in one hand. They’re satisfying, tasty, and they travel well!
  • Beer Can ChiliTailgating often includes some chilly weather, or should we say, chili weather? The recipe is simple enough, but give yourself plenty of time to let it simmer. The longer you cook the chili, the more tasty will be.

Our Coziest Fall Soups…Ever!

A brisk fall day punctuated by a bowl of hot, homemade soup is everything!

  • Autumn Pumpkin SoupAs early autumn rolls into late fall, there’s no ignoring the pumpkin. You can prep this soup in about 15 minutes and have it on your table 30 minutes later, but it tastes so good that your dinner guests will think you spent hours on it. Fresh ginger and curry powder give it a nice depth, while a little bit of cream makes this soup silky smooth.
  • Red Wine French Onion SoupFrench onion soup is so simple and so delicious. Make sure to top it off with cheesy bread to get that picture-perfect look.

All-Day Slow Cooker Recipes

Nothing beats the smell of dinner slowly cooking all day in your kitchen. Except maybe the fact that slow cooker recipes are almost effortless.

  • Slow Cooker Corned Beef and CabbageYou only need about 15 minutes in the morning to get this heart-warming dinner ready. When you come home 8 hours later, you have tender corned beef ready to eat.
  • Extra Cheesy Eggplant ParmesanThis cheesy Italian dinner is a universal crowd pleaser. Pair it with some simple vegetables for a five-star meal served in your dining room.
  • Secret Ingredient MeatloafMeatloaf has been a kitchen staple for decades for the simple reason that people love it, and it’s practically fool proof. But… this recipe has a secret ingredient that brings a nice saltiness to the final product. You’ll have to read the magazine to find out what it is, though.

Desserts that Start with Cake Mix

I love spending time in the kitchen as much as anyone, but sometimes you want a little shortcut, and these recipes are just the thing.

  • Double Chocolate Shortcut CookiesCake mix cookies are one of the best inventions to ever grace the baking scene. Not only does it drastically cut down on the prep time needed to enjoy homemade cookies, but they tend to be lighter and fluffier than standard cookies, which makes them oh-so soft and appealing.
  • Cream Cheese Magic BarsPart cookie, part cake, and part cheesecake, this recipe combines the best of the baking world for the ultimate combo dish.

I hope you enjoy the latest issue of RecipeLion Magazine as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. We’re so happy to be here cooking with you and we’re looking forward to many more recipes, dishes, and meals to share. 

Happy cooking—and happy eating!

Kim Mateus

Editor & Publisher

P.S. Please enjoy this issue of RecipeLion Magazine, and let me know what you think about it by commenting below with your feedback! Your input is valuable to us and can help us make improvements.

 

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