Even though Chicago summers can be brutal, the end is always a little bittersweet: putting away shorts and tank tops, saying goodbye to beach towels and outdoor chairs, adjusting to the cooler evening temperatures.
But there’s one thing that always puts me in the mood for fall, and that’s apple recipes! Fresh apples are one of the best parts about autumn, and I love to use them in everything from oatmeal to baked chicken. The possibilities are endless when it comes to easy, delicious apple recipes; it’s a fabulous way to enjoy the fall flavors, whether you’re partial to Red Delicious, Gala, Braeburn or Granny Smith varieties.
I look forward to apple-picking season, which usually begins in early September and can last through November. I had a chance to go apple-picking this past weekend while in southern Illinois for a family wedding, and there is nothing that compares to a juicy apple straight off the tree. (Oh, I know you’re not supposed to but come on, how do you resist?!)