The month of March is known for its unsettled weather. Here in New York State, we’re never sure whether to break out the snow shovels or fire up the outdoor grill when March comes around. But one thing’s for sure: no matter what the weather is doing, it’s never a bad time for a New York apple. In this month of seasonal transition, we’ve rounded up some comforting favorites and some bright, fresh flavors to get you thinking spring.
1. National Snack Day (March 4): Cranberry Orange Tea Bread
For an afternoon pick-me-up, you can’t do better than a slice of this tea bread. Cranberries and oranges are already a classic combo, but a cup of New York applesauce in the batter takes the fruit factor to the next level. The loaves freeze beautifully, so why not make a few extra to have on hand?
National Pack Your Lunch Day (March 10): Mediterranean Couscous with Apples
Brown-bagging was never more enticing than with this colorful couscous! Loaded with figs, dates, pistachios, fresh herbs and New York apples, this nutritious dish is like a mini vacation in the Mediterranean. Serve it warm as a side, then pack up the leftovers and enjoy it as a cold salad for lunch the next day.
Pi Day (March 14): Apple Cheesecake Pie
While Pi Day is a day to celebrate mathematics, we think there’s always room for dessert. Specifically, pie. This apple pie/cheesecake combo features a graham cracker piecrust and a creamy filling sweetened with applesauce. And with just two steps from prep to oven, dare we say this recipe is easy as pi?
First Day of Spring (March 19): Apple Arugula Salad
This elegant salad is a creation of Frank Camey, former head chef at Heritage Food + Drink in Wappingers Falls, NY. Peppery arugula mingles with fresh mint, cilantro, parsley and plenty of chopped New York apples for a bright, herbaceous combination that’s sure to get you thinking spring. A zippy dressing of ginger, lime and miso is the perfect way to perk up your taste buds and celebrate a new season.
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