Cider Fest Fun

What an enjoyable day we had at the Louisburg Cider Mill Cider Fest on Saturday! The Cider Mill is located in Louisburg, Kansas, 20 minutes south of Kansas City.

                               Lee at Louisburg Cider Fest

Amy Houts, author of Cooking Around the Country with Kids, and I were invited to sign books at their Cider Fest. We brought my two apple cookbooks, other related apple books, and Amy’s books for kids.  We also had coloring pages for the kids, as well as an “apple” stamp for their hands. It was fun interacting with the crowd, telling parents about our books, and just enjoying the beautiful day.

We watched the way apples were put through the process of being made into cider and bottled. We also saw them make doughnuts. Of course we had to sample some of each. The kettle corn and lemon ade across the way was most enticing.

The younger crowd enjoyed the 10- acre Werewolf Corn Maze, another of their attractions. There was also a pumpkin patch, country music, giant slides for kids, and lots of vendors selling their wares. Many visitors found it  a great way to spend a beautiful fall day with their family doing fun things.

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Yummy Baked Apple Recipe

baked apples

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With the bountiful apple harvest this year, it’s a rare person who doesn’t end up with a bushel, a peck, or only a pound of apples. But what to do with them?

In my apple cookbook, From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers, I have over 150 ways of preparing apples. In this expanded edition I included recent favorites as well as many “oldies but goodies” that were not in the first edition.

Below is the Baked Apple dish I made last night for supper. It is an easy and tasty apple dessert, low on calories and high on fiber and flavor.

The apples were hand picked and the cider used was pressed a few days ago at an outside cider making session. I like to think this added to the flavor of the dish, as I got to turn the handle on the press a few times.

Baked Apples

4 Granny Smith apples
2 tablespoons dried dates, chopped or
2 tablespoons raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup apple cider

Wash apples. Core out each center, leaving about ½ inch at bottom to provide a base for the rest of ingredients. Peel a section at the top of the apple.

Mix remainder of ingredients except apple cider. Fill each apple with mixture. Place apples in baking dish. Pour apple cider around apples in dish. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Baste apples with cider every 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Makes 4

To your enjoyment of apples,
Lee Jackson
author of From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers
Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards
The Littlest Christmas Kitten

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