From the time I was a little girl, my mom would say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” If ttrue, we should all be consuming lots of apples during this pandemic. Apples are a favorite fruit, are accessible, appealing and come in so many varieties.      

Apple Carrot Salad 

2  cups shredded carrots

1/2 cup mayonnaise 

1-1/2 cups diced unpeeled apples

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

1/2 cup golden seedless raisins

1 tablespoon honey 

1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans  


Combine carrots, apples, raisins and nuts. Mix mayonnaise with lemon juice and honey, stir or whisk until well blended. Pour dressing over carrot mixture, toss until coated. Cover and chill 2-3 hours.

Can be served on lettuce leaves or small bowls.  

Applesauce Spice


1 cup butter or margarine

2 cups brown sugar  

2 eggs

1/2 cup cold coffee 

3-1/2 cups flour 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon nutmeg 

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves 

2 cups applesauce

1 cup raisins 

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) 


Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, beat until light and fluffy, add coffee, blend.  

Combine flour with spices, soda and salt. Add this and applesauce alternately to creamed mixture. Add raisins and nuts at end. Chill dough 2 hours. Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 12-15 minutes.  

Baked Apple Casserole 

6 apples, diced

1 cup flour 

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup cold water 

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter 



Fill buttered dish with diced apples. Mix sugar and water, add brown sugar, flour and butter. Put mixture on top of apples, sprinkle cinnamon on top, bake 1 hour at 350°F.



a retired Extension leader, is a freelance home economist and educator.

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