Take a bite out of New York

The Empire State. It’s known for wine, a Wonder of the World, and during this time of year: apples. From Lake Erie to the Hudson River, apple festivals and apple picking dot the landscape and dominate New Yorkers’ calendars. Whether families travel to Becker Farm for hayrides, apple picking and more in Niagara USA or enjoy quaint towns closer to the city, there’s something for everyone to enjoy statewide.

Looking for what to do after the bushels come home? There’s plenty side dishes and drinks that will warm the hearth and palates this fall.

Recipes courtesy of New York Apple Country


Gala Apple Slaw

 2 cups shredded cabbage

2 medium New York State Gala Apples, unpeeled, cored and diced

1 can (16 oz) crushed pineapple, drained

½ cup fat-free mayonnaise


Mix cabbage, apples and crushed pineapple with mayonnaise in a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Serves 6

Apple Smoothie

2 cups applesauce

1 cup New York State Apple Cider

1 cup cranberry or orange juice

2 tbsp honey

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground cinnamon


Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or serve chilled.

Makes 2 servings

Cider Baked Apples

6 New York State Apples (Jonagold, Crispin or Cortland) cored and quartered

1 cup New York State Apple Cider

½ tsp cinnamon

½ cup granola breakfast cereal


Place apples in a casserole dish. Pour cider over apples and lightly sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover casserole and bake at 350 degrees until apples are soft. Sprinkle cereal over the apples immediately before serving so it stays crunchy.

Makes 6 servings

*Remember to shake well before serving and keep cider refrigerated at all times.


Maple Applesauce

2 large New York State McIntosh Apples, peeled, cored and diced

2 tsp butter

½ cup pure New York State Maple Syrup

1/8-cup dark corn syrup or 1/8-cup New York State granulated maple syrup

Dash of salt


Melt butter in a nonstick skilled over medium-high heat. Add apples and sauté until just brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add maple and corn syrup, (for maple sugar), to apples and stir gently. Let cook another 2 to three minutes or until mixture thickens. Serve with Apple Pancakes.

Serves 4

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Michelle Glynn

Traded globe-trotting for motherhood. Side hustling as a freelance writer since 2001.

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