Every fall, when I was growing up in western Pennsylvania, my parents took me and my younger brother, Angelo, apple picking. We'd usually go in late September, always on a Sunday. Angelo and I loved picking-but even more, we loved the savory apple recipes and sweet apple treats that my mom made with the bushel of apples (roughly 45 pounds) stored in our downstairs fridge.
My favorite was my mom's apple squares-sweet apple filling spread thin inside two layers of flaky crust (see recipe below). But I also loved her apple crisp (see EatingWell's version below) that she made when my parents' friends and their kids came over after the high school football games that took place just down the street from my house.
When I moved to Vermont seven years ago, my husband, Jon, and I restarted the apple-picking tradition. This is the second year we'll be taking our little boy, Julian. Just as I remembered it, apple picking is good family fun. And I still appreciate having a bounty ofRead More »from Mom's Apple Squares & other delicious apple treats