A Grand Rapids Food Blogger Shares Her Love for Michigan Apples
This time of year, there’s nothing better than the aroma of cinnamon and apples coming from your oven. Whether it’s apple pie, apple cake, apple muffins, or applesauce, there’s just something about cooking with apples that makes it feel like Fall. Of course, here in Michigan, we are blessed with fresh apples and it doesn’t seem like the Fall season has officially started until we make that first trip to the apple orchard.
I moved to Michigan four years ago, and the abundance of fresh-picked apples collided with my love of baking. Each year I plan a trip to go apple picking with friends and then spend the majority of the next few weeks making every apple recipe under the sun. My favorites are the recipes that showcase the bright, clear flavor of the apples, the ones where the apples are the true star. I’ve actually got a whole recipe category on my site dedicated to apple recipes! One of the most popular is slow cooker applesauce – an easy applesauce recipe where the crockpot does all the work. I love to change up the types of apples I use, which causes every batch to taste just a little bit different.
However, I discovered one of my favorite things about the Michigan apple community on the Michigan Apples website. Of course they’ve got some great information on the apple crop in Michigan, and wonderful recipe ideas, but my favorite part is the section about the apple growers. It gives me such a sense of community to read about these local families who grow the apples that we love so much. The owners of a local orchard even shared some of their favorite recipes with me, and that personal connection makes the end result taste that much better.
A Pennsylvania native, Megan lives with her husband Mike in the Grand Rapids area. She blogs about cooking and baking at www.WhatMegansMaking.com and isn’t shy about her love for Michigan apples!