Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome, Autumn!

This is the first official day of fall, so we are celebrating by rebooting our cooking blog! In the summer, we do a lot of fresh garden veggies and grilled dishes (not to mention ice cream!). But when the weather gets cooler, Mom breaks out the apron, dusts off some old family favorite recipes (often hand-written on 3x5 cards), and warms up the oven. So this season, we will post about the legendary Spoon Drop Inn fall specials - some are new, but most have been around for as long as I can remember.

When you think of the fall season, what comes to mind? Is it brilliantly colored leaves? Pumpkins? Cozy sweaters? Bonfires? Gilmore Girls? Allergies? Back-to-School sales? For me, all I can say are just two delicious words: Apple Dip. And that is why it is our debut recipe:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. salted peanuts (finely chopped)

Use a mixer to beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla together. Then stir in the peanuts. Keep refrigerated until you use it. 

And how is it used? Well, we get a bushel of our favorite crispy apples, slice them up, and then generously scoop/dip/slather on the Apple Dip! It's so good, you may just find yourself eating it straight out of the bowl with a spoon, or raiding your fridge for anything you can possibly find to pair with it. Yes, it is that amazing.

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