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The 10 Best Apples for Baking

Don't leave your apple selection to chance for your next baking adventure. Here are the 10 best apples for baking, sure to hold up to the heat of your oven.


Tips

Splash-Free Cherry Pitting

When pitting cherries with a handheld pitter, the juice usually splatters everywhere— especially on your apron and clothes, potentially staining them. Here's a less-mess way to pit cherries.

How to Roast Cherry Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes are expensive, so if they’re a little past their prime (a bit wrinkled), don’t throw them away — roast them. Here's an easy way to do it.

How to Cut a Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the more difficult fruits to cut, because it's large, has a spiky skin and those prickly "eyes" inside the fruit once you've cut it. Here’s a way to peel pineapple with as little waste as possible and get the added bonus of decorative slices.

An Easy Way to Test Avocados for Ripeness

Ever cut into an avocado that felt ripe to the touch, only to discover that it wasn’t? Here’s an easy way to test your avocado for ripeness without cutting up the fruit.

How to Freeze Bananas—For Smoothies & Baking

Don't toss those overripe bananas! Throw them in the freezer instead so you always have ripe bananas on hand for baking or smoothies. Use this simple tip for a less-mess, faster way to freeze and thaw bananas.

How to Juice Key Limes

Use this helpful tip for how to juice key limes next time you plan to make a pie! Key limes are smaller in size and firmer than regular limes, making them harder to juice, but not any longer with this helpful kitchen tip.

Healthy Popsicles

With this simple tip, have healthy treats on hand at all times for when your sweet tooth hits!

How To Seed Squash

Seeding squash can be a messy task. Not anymore with this quick tip that uses a unique kitchen tool.


How-To's

Learn All About Indirect Grilling

What is indirect grilling? It's bascially a technique that turns your grill into an outdoor oven so you can cook big items, like whole chickens, pork loins, pizzas, etc. So the next time you fire up the grill, follow these four simple steps, and take the indirect route to perfectly cooked meats, vegetables, and more.


Recipes

Baked Apples with oatmeal-walnut streusel

Like free-standing apple crisps, these babies are filled with a warm-spiced oatmeal streusel, then baked to perfection. You’ll be glad each is meant to be an individual serving, since you won’t want to share.

Skillet Apple Pie

Satisfy your apple pie cravings with this quick and easy Skillet Apple Pie. Using your favorite purchased pie dough and a quick sauté of apples, this pie will be on your table and done in under an hour. And, check out this quick tip on preventing cut apples from browning.

Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

These cherry cookies are truly one of a kind. Made with homemade maraschino cherries and a dough lightly flavored with almond, these gem-like cookies are true winners.

Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Making homemade Maraschino cherries is easy, but for best results, be sure to seek out Luxardo cherry liqueur. There are imitators, but stick with the experts. Briefly marinating overnight is technically all these cherries need to be ready for use, but their flavor really benefits from sitting 3–5 days.

Triple Berry & Cassis Sorbet

With a mix of three different sweet and juicy berries, plus crème de cassis, this refreshing Triple Berry & Cassis Sorbet hits the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and cool.

Blackberry Ice Pops

These blackberry ice pops are a fusion of fresh blackberries and lemonade that creates a fun and flavorful summer treat. Made with fresh blackberries, they're almost as fun to make as they are to eat. Just purée blackberries, make a lemon syrup, then combine and freeze. In no time, you'll have a fruity delicacy that will keep your summer cool and sweet.

Lemon Berry Tart

You won't find a better summer stunner than this fresh berry tart—it's guaranteed to turn heads.

Rhubarb-Raspberry Brown Betty

A layered fruit dessert is hard to beat, especially when it’s as exceptional (and as easy) as this Rhubarb-Raspberry Brown Betty. Similar to a cobbler or a crisp, a brown betty is a baked fruit dessert that’s blanketed with buttered bread crumbs. In this betty, the crumbs are made with King’s Hawaiian rolls. This simple and delicious dessert of fruit, sugar, butter, and sweet bread crumbs is the perfect finale to any festive holiday meal.

Strawberry Ice Cream

Take ordinary strawberry ice cream up a notch by roasting fresh strawberries, to intensify their flavor, then blend them into a sweet custard ice cream base.

Blueberry Bars

Blissful blueberries make their way into a blue ribbon bar with a shortbread crust and lemony glaze. The best part about these bars (besides indulging in them) is that they’re pretty straightforward. The shortbread-like crust comes together quickly in a food processor and the filling is just a matter of stirring together the ingredients. While these blueberry bars may not exactly be health food, you can at least give yourself a little credit for eating this antioxidant rich berry, right?

Cherry-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

When you sandwich creamy vanilla ice cream between two chewy, cinnamon-enhanced oatmeal cookies that are studded with sweet cherries and chocolate chips, the stuff dreams are made of come to life. So put these Cherry-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches at the top of your to-do list.