Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Two!

July 14, 2017

They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” . . . but were you aware that . . .

  • smelling apples (and/or bananas) can help you lose weight? (Real Fact #109)
  • each year the average American eats about fifteen pounds of apples? (Real Fact #273)
  • apples are a member of the rose family? (Real Fact #422)
  • fresh apples float because about 25% of their volume is air?  (Real Fact #720)
  • in ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposal? (Real Fact #816)



Cheesecake of the Month – February 2017!

February 15, 2017

I was perusing Pinterest the other day and ran across a recipe that sounded positively wonderful.  It is technically a pie, but a pie that incorporates a bit of cheesecake into the recipe.  I can’t wait to try it.

Upside Down Cheesecake Apple Pie

2 pie crusts
2 packages (8-ounce each) of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
6 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1/2 cup of sugar
2 Tablespoons of flour
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
Caramel sauce (garnish)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a pie pan with a pie crust.

2.  Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla on high speed until fluffy.  Add in the eggs and the milk and mix until combined.  Pour the mixture into the pie crust.

3.  In a large bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Place the apples on top of the cream cheese mixture.

4. Top the apples with your second pie crust, turning the crust inward.  Cut a few small slits into the top of the pie.

5.  Place the pie on a cookie sheet, cover loosely with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the apples are soft.  Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

6.  Place a large plate over the top of the pie and flip it upside down onto the plate.  Cool for one hour  then refrigerate at least four hours.  Serve cold with caramel sauce.

Source: Recipe by Spend with Pennies at

Apples and Pear — a Fall Dessert!

November 26, 2013

Here’s an easy recipe for a delicious fall dessert . . .

Fruit Tart

½ cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium pear, peeled and thinly sliced
4½ teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup orange juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup apricot jam, warmed

In a small mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Gradually add flour, beating until mixture forms a ball.  Cover and refrigerate for an hour.

In a large bowl, combine apples and pear.  In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and spices; stir in orange juice until smooth.  Stir in brown sugar until blended.  Add to apple mixture and stir gently to coat.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 14-inch circle.  Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Spoon filling over the pastry to within 2 inches of edges.  Fold up edges of pastry over filling, leaving center uncovered.

Bake at 375º for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.   Spread with apricot jam.  Using parchment paper, slide tart onto a wire rack to cool.

A Different Kind of Fruit Salad!

October 30, 2013

If you are looking for a different kind of fruit salad, here is a recipe I recently ran across that is sure to please (and it has bacon!).  Enjoy!


For Chili Nuts:
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For Salad:
1½ pound Winesap or Gala apples (3-4)
1½ pound Crispin or Golden Delicious apples (3-4)
½ slab of bacon cut crosswise into ½ inch sticks
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
16 canned lychees (from a 20 ounce can) drained and quartered, at warm room temperature
½ cup chopped scallions at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with rack in middle.

Stir together all chili nut ingredients in a metal pie plate.  Bake, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and nuts are coated with spice mixture and dry (about 20 minutes).  Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Warm apples in a large bowl of warm water, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until browned and crisp (about 12 minutes).  Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain and reserve about 6 tablespoons fat in skillet.

Slice apples into 1/8 inch slices into a large bowl, rotate the apple ¼ turn each time you reach the core.  Gently toss with lime juice.

Heat fat in skillet over medium heat until hot, then pour over apples and gently toss with bacon and pepper.

Divide into 8 bowls and sprinkle with lychees, scallions, and chili nuts.

NOTES: Chili nuts can be made 1 week ahead and cooled completely, then kept in an air-tight container at room temperature.  Bacon can be cooked 3 hours ahead and chilled in fat, uncovered until cool, then covered.  Reheat over medium heat.

The Apple of Your Eye?

November 29, 2012

Here is an infographic (courtesy of that shows how Apple is winning the battle for technology in education/the classroom.  Enjoy.

Fiftieth Anniversary!

November 25, 2012

We have come a long way, baby!  It has been 50 years since the LINC (Laboratory Instrument Computer) first began processing data to assist with biomedical research in an MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Techology) lab in 1962 . . .  thereby paving the way for PCs (personal computers).  In the beginning, the LINC was about 8 square feet, had 1 kilobyte of memory (1,000 bytes), and sold for $43,000.  Now, you can get a 2012 iPhone5 that is 5″ x 2″, has 16 gigabytes of memory (16,000,000,000 bytes) and sells for $199. Here’s an abbreviated timeline of the evolution of the PC.

  • 1965, the PDP-8 (Digital Equipment Corp.) — first minicomputer ($18,000).
  • 1969, Department of Defense establishes the first computer network ARPANet (later became the internet).
  • 1971, ARPANet transmits the first email.
  • 1972, Pong introduced by Atari, the birth of the video game industry.
  • 1975, Altair 8800 computer kit (256 bytes) advertised by Popular Electronics, MITS flooded with orders.
  • 1976, Steve Wozniak creates the Apple I.
  • 1977, the Commodore PET, Apple II, and Tandy (Radio Shack’s TRS-80) all debut.
  • 1981, IBM calls its minicomputer the PC.
  • 1982, GRID Systems releases Compass, the first laptop ($8,150)
  • 1982, Time names the computer “Machine of the Year.”  (Note the story was written on a typewriter.
  • 1983, Compaq Computer Corp makes the first PC clone, 100% compatible with IBM’s PC ($111 million in sales the first year).
  • 1984, Apple’s Macintosh debuts during a Superbowl commercial.  First successful computer to feature a mouse and user-friendly graphics.
  • 1990, birth of the World Wide Web; the first successful version of Microsoft’s Windows 3.0 launches.
  • 1995, Amazon and ebay both debut, revolutionizing how we shop.
  • 1998, Google and PayPal debut, transforming informational searches and financial transactions.
  • 1998, Apple’s iMac becomes the first success in their line of i-products.
  • 2007, Apple’s iPhone goes on sale (8 gigabytes of memory in a pocket-size phone).
  • 2008, Apple launches the iPad (sold more than 300,000 on debut day).
  • 2012, iPhone5 debuts.

Cheesecake of the Month – September 2012!

September 15, 2012

Here is a great sounding recipe for Fall that I can’t wait to try.  Caramel, apples, brownie, what’s not to like?  I’m drooling already.

Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 large eggs, divided
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples
Caramel Apple Topping Caramel Sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow pan, bake pecans in a single layer for 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted (stir occasionally). Reduce oven tempterature to 325 degrees. Sprinkle the pecans over the bottom of a greased and floured 9″ springform pan.

2. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed until blended and smooth. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended.

3. Whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, and remaining egg in a large bowl until blended.

4. Stir together flour and the next three ingredients; add to the brown sugar mixture, and stir until blended. Stir in apples. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Carefully spoon cream cheese mixture over batter.

5. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes (or until set). Remove from the oven, loosen the sides of the pan, and cool completely on a wire rack (about two hours). Transfer to a serving plate.

6. Meanwhile, prepare Caramel Apple Topping and Caramel Sauce. Spoon topping over cheesecake and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Caramel Apple Topping
Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Cook stirring constantly for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is lightly brown. Add 5 large Granny Smith apples (about 2.5 pounds) peeled and cut in 1/2 inch wedges. Cook, stirring often, 15-18 minutes more or until apples are tender and carmelized. Remove from heat and cool 20 minutes.

Caramel Sauce
Bring 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1/4 cup honey to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 15 minutes before serving.

The Big Apple!

May 11, 2012

And, no, I don’t mean New York City.  Rather, I’m referring to the largest publicly traded company on the U.S. stock market.   Here is a great infographic (by Best Computer Science Degrees) that puts this technology giant in perspective a bit.  And boy, is this “Apple” BIG!