Seasonal Sundays (Week 42) Apples Savory & Sweet

Apple picking, anyone? I've collected my favorite apple recipes for you, the ones that welcome fall with open arms ...
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

The politics, the pandemic, the protests ... it's a lot. Take care of yourselves, take care of others. My Canadian family and friends checked in this week. They're so worried about what's happening to the behemoth on their southern border. It helped, knowing the world is watching.

And wow, voting, what a moment of catharsis. On a pretty fall day, the outside of our county election office was lined with early and absentee voters, many with kids in tow, teaching moments intended and accidental. The atmosphere was serious, watchful, alert ... but still, almost festive?

24 days ...

V O T E.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Word came out last week that the Missouri wild turkey population is down so imagine my surprise this very morning when three five six wait, seven no, nine turkeys appeared in the field across the way. Nine! We laughingly call each year's neighborhood turkeys "amigos" but really, these are hens. The toms won't appear until later ...

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

How are you celebrating, Canadian visitors? Share your gatherings, we Americans will be living vicariously for awhile longer ...

And in case anyone's still working out Thanksgiving details ...

Thanksgiving Recipes, Menus & More, organized for easy browsing & targeted searches ♥

Seasonal Showcase: Apples! Savory to Sweet

Today we're celebrating apples!

Apple Recipes ♥


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Chicken Cider Stew, another Quick Supper ♥, a colorful fall stew with sweet potatoes, carrots. Rave reviews. Weight Watchers friendly!

Cook. Eat. Repeat.

Here's my appeal for mealtime minimalism, the idea that you don't have to think up a new breakfast or a new lunch every day. It's a way to think less about food rather than more. It's maintains that the ritual of healthy satisfying staples can fill you up in a way that the new and the novel cannot.

Microwave Creamy Oatmeal with Peanut Butter ♥, my morning ritual, oatmeal cooked in the microwave with a swirlful of peanut butter.

Something for Supper

Thick Chops with Sauerkraut & Apples ♥, a country-style skillet, easy enough for a weeknight supper, special enough for Saturday company. One of my very oldest fall recipes.

The Smart Switch: Sides --> Supper

Smart cooks have a precise dinner plan ... or just keep useful ingredients on hand so dinner can half make itself. This is one of Kitchen Parade's top recipes during the winter months but this week I converted it from a side dish into dinner itself. While the butternut squash and apples roasted, I collected a few other things from the fridge in large shallow bowls, technically they're pasta bowls but mostly we use them for salad dinners. Twas a wonderful fall weeknight meal, a layer of fresh spinach, the still-hot roasted squash, a scoop of cottage cheese, a little feta, a little Spiced Pickled Red Onions, a few Sweet Pumpkin Seed Crumbles with a few crackers topped with a mushroom pate. Would you call this "dinner"? Even my meat-focused husband was happy ...

The Swedish Red Cabbage would be wonderful with bites of crispy sausage; this week I added chunks of ham to the Sweet 'n' Sour Cabbage ... not pretty but delish!

Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple ♥, familiar ingredients somehow create unexpected layers of flavor and color. Festive for holiday buffets and tables.

Swedish Red Cabbage & Apples ♥ A Veggie Venture, savory not sweet, a tradition at Christmas, adding welcome color and texture to a plate. Recipe, cooking tips, nutrition, WW Weight Watchers points included.

Back-Pocket Recipe

We all keep certain recipes in our virtual back pockets, right? We might not need them right this minute but recognize their usefulness in our recipe repertoires.

Mulled Apple Cider ♥, how to mull apple cider with fruit and spices, turning everyday supermarket-variety apple cider into something special and irresistible.
  • THE RECIPE Mulled Apple Cider Fruit and spices turn supermarket apple cider into something special and irresistible.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Glöggi (Hot Red Mulled Wine) Scandinavian-style hot red wine 'mulled' with spices, fruit and for good luck, an almond.

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Roasted Applesauce with Raspberries ♥, the raspberries add glorious color and brightness.

Something Salad

Healthy Waldorf Salad ♥, my makeover recipe, reducing calories and Weight Watchers points by almost 75%.

Something Extra

Cornmeal Muffins with Apple, another seasonal muffin ♥, studded with apple with a pretty sliver on top. Perfect for Fall Breakfasts. Autumn Comfort Food. Great for Meal Prep. No Mixer Required.

Something Sweet

Estonian Apple Cake ♥, an easy low-calorie apple cake recipe, moist and bright with cinnamon.

Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp ♥, finally my perfect apple crisp, barely sweet apples firm and tart with an extra-crispy topping. It's got a secret ingredient!
  • THE RECIPE Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp My very own "perfect" recipe, barely sweet apples firm and tart, topped with an extra-crispy topping, thanks to a secret ingredient.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Estonian Apple Cake A wordly, neighborly cake

What's New?!

Trader Joe's Flat Green Beans, a product review ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Skillet Burgers with Tomato Gravy ♥, bun-free and on the table in an hour with pantry ingredients. LowCarb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Just Updated!

Pumpkin Bars ♥, quick & easy, filled with fall spices.
  • THE RECIPE Pumpkin Bars Quick and easy, filled with fall spices.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Snickerdoodle Bars Snickerdoodle flavors with the firm, chewy texture of blondies.

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Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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