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Rent an Apple Tree

Are you searching for the perfect gift for a great gift for the upcoming holidays, or perhaps a birthday or anniversary? Or, maybe you have always wanted your own apple tree, but More »

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Growing Apples

Part of the pleasure of growing apple trees on your own property derives from biting into freshly-plucked fruit. So getting a bumper crop from your orchard in fall, eating a few of More »

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Apple Orchard takes a bite at Organic

PLEASANT MOUNT – An apple orchard on a Wayne County farm predating the Civil War may find new life as an organic operation. “You take a chance with any agriculture,” said Dolores More »

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Growing Apples: Pollination

While I am, indeed, recommending the staggered approach, I must emphasize that by no means do I suggest you should be growing apple trees of just one variety per season. Rather, you More »

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites

Looking for a delicious mix of tart, sweet, and crunchy? Well look no further! Rentanappletree.com has the perfect snack, and it’s just as easy as it is delicious! Check it out-

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Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, sliced into wedges
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup granola, your favorite
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
  • Semisweet chocolate chips, optional*

Directions:

  1. Coat tops of apple wedges in peanut butter and sprinkle with granola and cinnamon.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring in 30 second increments until melted. Be careful not to overheat.
  3. Drizzle wedges with melted chocolate, set on a large platter and serve.

Enjoy!

Not Your Average Chix Salad

 

Looking for a twist on your average chicken salad? So were we!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 green apple, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • ⅔ cup green grapes, halved
  • ¾ cup greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste
  • buns, bread or wrap, for serving

Directions:

  1. Shred rotisserie chicken, set aside.
  2. Chop onion, apples and grapes, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir to combine.
  4. Season to taste, and serve as a sandwich or wrap.
  5. Enjoy!

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Chunk Apple Cake Recipe

I know it’s been a while, so here is a little treat for all of you! I just made this earlier this morning and WOW, I am telling you!! The only thing that could possibly have made it better is if I’d had some fresh Rent an Apple Tree apples in my kitchen to make it with! Make sure you get on the list to get yours during harvest season, so head on over to RentanAppleTree.com while the cake is in the oven!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C Butter, softened
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C All-purpose Flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 6 C Chopped, Peeled apples

Directions:

 

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (batter will be stiff). Stir in apples until well combined.
  • Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned and springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Gradually add cream. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Serve with cake. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Pair with ice cream and enjoy!

 

Wait, apples can do what?

We all know apples are crisp, tasty, and hit the spot almost every time (regardless of what ‘the spot’ is!), but, we here at Rent an Apple Tree bet these are some new ways you hadn’t thought of!

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  1. Keep Baked Goods Fresh! Putting a baked good in an air tight container with half of an apple can help keep it moist and prevent drying out because of the moisture given off by apples.
  2. Soften Brown Sugar! Another benefit to apple-provided moisture, no more brown sugar bricks!
  3. Lung health? Its been suggested that apples contain certain phytochemicals that aid in lung health
  4. Ripen Other Fruits! Apples naturally emit a gas known as ethylene, which speeds up the ripening process of fruits. Put other, unripe fruits in a paper bag with an apple or two, and watch them ripen right up!
  5. Ease Migraines? Some studies have shown that the smell of green apples can decrease the duration and severity of migraines.

Well if those reasons aren’t proof that apples are well on the way to becoming recognized as super fruits then I don’t know what will! 

So, the next time you’re looking for a gift for someone, RentanAppleTree.com can help you get them a kitchen tool, health helper, and tasty snack all in one! Head on over to our official website to get your order in!

More Winter…

Well (as many of us up north could already tell…), winter is not quite over yet. BUT- if you’re like me, that isn’t a sad fact! In the winter I like to live off of warm apple cider, tea, and soup. A couple more weeks of that? Sign me up! More time for more recipes, and a longer wait until we have to prune the trees in the Rent an Apple Tree orchard! In the meantime, however, cuddle up with a good book and a crock of this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup! Check it out:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion (about 1/2 large onion)
  • 1 large garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • 1 1/3 cups cubed peeled Braeburn apple
  • 1 1/4 pounds cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus pinch
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche, for garnish

Directions:

1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic and apple; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add squash and next 4 ingredients; stir 30 seconds or until well-combined. Add broth, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 20 minutes or until squash and vegetables are tender.

2. Place half of squash mixture in blender with 1/4 cup evaporated milk. Remove center of blender lid (to let steam escape); secure lid. Place clean towel over opening to avoid splatters; blend until smooth. Pour into bowl. Repeat with remaining squash and evaporated milk.

3. Spoon 1/2 cup soup into small bowl or mini pumpkin*. Swirl in 3/4 teaspoon crème fraîche, if desired. Serve immediately.

*A little swirl of pumpkin seed oil is also a tasty topper… Give it a try!

Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwich with Sriracha Butter

First of all, who doesn’t love sriracha? Sriracha mayo on sushi, peanut and sriracha noodles… It has yet to disappoint! We here at RentanAppleTree.com predict that this sandwich will be no different, but you should try it for yourself- just in case!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon softened butter, plus more for the bread
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 4 slices of bread
  • Cheese (I like cheddar and parmesan but think brie would be delicious as well)*
  • ½ an apple, cored and sliced

Directions:

  1. Mix together the 1 tablespoon of butter with the sriracha in a small bowl.
  2. Butter one slice of bread with sriracha butter. Add cheese, apple slices and more cheese. Top with the other piece of bread.
  3. Butter the outside of each slice of bread.
  4. Heat a small frying pan over medium/low heat. Add sandwich and cover. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and the bread is brown.
  5. Enjoy!

Let us know what you think!


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