Fall Food & Fun with Donna Erickson

Lifestyle Columnist Donna Erickson stopped by the TCL studio to share some fun fall recipes the whole family can help make.

Make and Play: Apple Tasting Game

Taste test popular apples (fun family game) Mini-plates in a row with numbers attached to each one 1-6. Apple chunks on each one including some skin. Display sheet with apple names listed and cards for each player. Test a couple of the chunks. talk about ways to describe an apple. texture, appearance, sweet, tart, bitter… Reveal the names of those tasted. Waldorf Salad Serves 4-6

2 cups crisp apples in chunks, unpeeled

1 cup diced celery

1/2 cup halved red grapes

1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces

1/4 cup raisins


1 tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons lemon juice

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1. Lightly toss apples, celery, grapes, walnuts and raisins in a bowl.

2. Whisk together dressing ingredients until smooth. Toss with salad ingredients. Serve chilled.

Baked Apple Rings

Makes about 50 rings depending on apple size

4 firm apples

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 250 F.

Prepare pans. Place wire cooling racks on two large baking trays. Or line two large baking trays with parchment paper.

An adult should core and cut the apples in 1/8-inch rings using a sharp knife or mandolin. There will be extra irregular-size pieces on the ends. Snack on them as you work, or save for making microwave applesauce (see recipe below).

In a shallow dish, stir together lemon juice and water. Set prepared baking trays on the counter by ingredients. Young kids will enjoy dipping each slice into the lemon mixture and setting them on a rack or parchment paper. Edges may overlap slightly.

Bake rings until dried with a leathery texture, about two hours. (If using parchment-paper-lined pans, an adult should flip the rings over after 1 hour and return to oven for additional hour.)

Remove from oven and enjoy! Cool before storing.

Extra idea: For added flavor, sprinkle a mixture of 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar over the rings before baking.

Microwave Chunky Applesauce

Makes 2 servings

2 cups apple chunks from cored apples of one or more varieties, peeled or unpeeled if you like (red peels may give your applesauce a nice rosy color)

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a deep microwave-safe bowl.

Cook, uncovered at full power for 5 minutes. Remove and stir well. Cook an additional 5 minutes.

Use a potato masher or whisk to mash and stir the apples into the liquid.

Cool and serve or refrigerate.

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