"I would be lost without my slow cooker," confesses Janis Lawrence of Childress, Texas. "Besides using it to prepare our evening meal, I often make desserts in it, including these tender apples that get a tasty treatment from granola cereal."
Nicely spiced apple crisp gets a delightful twist from Marilynn Ostrander of Lehigh Acres, Florida. She drops sweet dollops of apricot jam over the traditional crumb topping. Served warm, it pairs well with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Meet the Cook: Over the years, I've collected lots of squash recipes. This one came from a friend, and it's been a hit everywhere.
My husband, our two youngsters (6 and 4) and I live out in the country - camping's a favorite pastime!
-Michele Van Dewerker, Roseboom, New York
THIS RECIPE was given to me in an exchange with a homemakers group several years ago.
Apples are a vibrant part of the color around New England in autumn. Once the harvest is in, apple treats pop up everywhere. I love to make this dessert at this time of year.
-Lucy Holland, Derby Line, Vermont
"My family enjoys the sweetness of the apples as well as the tartness of the cranberries in this old-fashioned treat," says Regina Stock of Topeka, Kansas. "It's a great dessert to make during the peak of apple season."
Miriam Christophel of Goshen, Indiana shares Microwave Apple Cobbler, a quick-to-fix dessert that's yummy served warm with ice cream or whipped cream. Says Miriam, "I make it quite often, sometimes with blackberries...and oh, my, is it good!"
Nutmeg lends a homey touch to apple pie filling and canned pears topped with tender biscuits. "I've received many great comments about this dessert from my family and friends," writes Shirley Brown of Pocatello, Idaho. "Vanilla ice cream makes a wonderful addition to it," she recommends.