- Category: Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
- Published: 28 October 2015
- Written by KAYLA HOPPOCK | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
We are halfway through fall and as November is quickly approaching, Pumpkin spiced latte’s, Instagram pictures of everyone at pumpkin patches, a lot of throwback Disney Halloween movies, and of course football is everyone’s Sunday plans this time of year.
Whether it’s scary movies or maybe even watching the leaves change colors, there’s something about this time of year that gets everyone excited, especially for baking. One of the most special things about fall is the savory scents and delicious food that comes with the season. Scents and flavors like cinnamon, apples and caramel instantly can take you to a happy place.
Adjunct professor of history and anthropology, Robert Grasso, loves this time of year specifically for the food. “My favorite fall recipes have to be butternut squash and pumpkin soup, I make it every year once the leaves change,” said Grasso.
Time to put those apples from apple picking to good use. Dr. Jamie Goodwinuhler, an instructor of psychology loves apple picking with her daughter. “When the weather is just right it’s time to embark in fall festivities and baking is one of them,” said Goodwinuhler.
Salted Caramel Apple Cider, recipe courtesy: kitchenmeetsgirl.com
* 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
* 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 4 cups apple cider
* ½ teaspoon sea salt
* Whipped cream
First off, grab a medium heavy-bottomed pot and combine the brown sugar with the heavy cream over medium-high heat. Keep stirring the mixture until the sugar is dissolved in the cream. Let this bubble for about 3 minutes! Next, combine vanilla, salt, and apple cider. Let mixture simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Once finished, top with whipped cream (optional of course)!
Caramel Apple Nachos, recipe courtesy of: Lilluna.com
* 3-4 gala apples
* 3-4 granny smith apples
* ½ package Kraft Caramels
* 1 TB water
* White chocolate (vanilla) candy coating
* Mini chocolate chips
* Heath toffee bits
First, keep mini chocolate chips and toffee bits separately in a bowl. Prepare a ziploc bag for white chocolate drizzle and cut the corner of the bag. Be sure to wait to cut the apples until your caramel sauce and white chocolate sauce is ready to avoid browning.
Heat unwrapped caramels in 1 TB of water. Heat on low-medium temp or until melted. (Using Ice Cream Caramel Topping will skip this step). At the same time, melt the white chocolate on low heat and stir until smooth.
Once ready, pour into a Ziploc bag. Drizzle the caramel and white chocolate on top of the apples and be sure to sprinkle the toffee bits and chocolate chips immediately.
According to Brittany Falzon, a freshman computer science student said her favorite thing about fall is pumpking picking, and baking. “I love trying new and adventurous recipes for the fall season, it always gets me in the spirit,” said Falzon.
Snicker Caramel Apple Salad, Recipe courtesy: dailyleisure.com
* 6 Snickers Candy Bars
* 4 Granny Smith Apples
* 1 16oz Cool Whip tub (room temp)
* 1 5oz package of Vanilla Instant Pudding
* ½ cup milk
Start whisking pudding mix, cool whip and ½ milk together until powder is combined. Next, chop the apple and snickers into small pieces (Tip: freeze snickers beforehand and hit them to crush them small). Add snickers and apples to pudding mixture but remember to leave a few out to top it. Then, put in fridge for 1 hour. Lastly, drizzle caramel and top it with apple chunks and snickers chunks and voila.
Eric Brown, an adjunct English professor, loves the fall most out of all the seasons. “I love the way that the crisp, cool air of fall pushes the heavy, humid summer temperatures out.” His favorite pastime during fall is grabbing a nice cup of hot apple cider and reading books to relax.
So grab a book like Professor Brown and enjoy the great weather while snacking on these fun fall treats.
IMAGES TAKEN from naturalmommie.com