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From Orchard to Kitchen: Apple Love at Louisa’s Porch

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The transition from summer to fall tends to be bittersweet. But this year, with a blue-skied and sunny fall replacing a mostly grey and rainy summer, the seasonal shift in Asheville is downright celebratory!  There are plenty of other reasons to welcome autumn in Asheville besides for the weather,  including the abundance of apples growing here in Western North Carolina.  Nearby Hendersonville is an apple mecca. With nearly 30 orchards scattered throughout the county, it is the state’s largest producer of apples. If you’re planning a  trip to Asheville, you should consider taking a short drive outside of the city to visit one of these beautiful orchards that offer fun Fall festivities for the next few weeks.

Check out this website for more information on apple-festivities in WNC.

We at Louisa’s Porch have a serious love for apples. I recently took a trip to Grandad’s Apples to check out their orchards and get my fill of Mutsus, Cortlands and Fuijs.

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Our kitchen has been bursting with apples ever since!

I have had so much fun figuring out ways to incorporate this versatile and delicious fruit into my breakfasts (some might call it an “obsession”: think Forrest Gump’s Bubba and his shrimp…).  I’ve stuffed them with oatmeal, sautéed them in brown sugar, baked them with nuts, grated them into muffins and slowly cooked them down into apple butter.

I made this giant apple dutch baby (with the help of my baking guru, Sara!):

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And these ruby-red cranberry and apple pastries:

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This pan of buttery, cinnamon-scented apples and walnuts went on top of savory corncakes and inside delicate crepes:

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Come stay with us at Louisa’s Porch where Christine and I will be highlighting this seasonal fruit in our kitchen throughout the Fall.