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Why do we give apples to teachers?

These days, it’s more likely for a teacher to be seen with an Apple iPad on her desk than a Golden Delicious. But it wasn’t that long ago that giving a crisp, shiny apple to a teacher on the first day of school was common practice. But where did this tasty tradition start? The true origin is mostly a mystery, though we do know that the apples have long served as a symbol of knowledge and education. From Greek references to a divine fruit that helped Hippomenes win a race for Atalanta’s hand, to Adam and Eve’s lesson of right and wrong, apples have been at the core of human history for a very long time. So how did they wind up on the desk of teachers in America? Gifting fruit has long been associated with surviving hardships throughout history. In the 1700s, poor families in Denmark and Sweden gave…

Odd foods that are dropped on New Year’s Eve instead of a ball

Every city has its own way of celebrating the turn of a new year. There’s no shortage of alcohol, parties and dazzling, dropping disco balls dangling from towers. But for some towns, this all seems just a bit too boring. Here are 13 towns that celebrate New Year’s Eve by dropping something a little more flavorful than a sparkly ball. https://www.instagram.com/p/BOme7KmDegD/?taken-by=rosaduartetv 1. A Peep (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)  Peeps usually make their only appearance during Easter, but in Bethlehem, the town where the famous candy was invented, New Years Eve brings the annual “PeepFest.” Every year on the 31st of December, a gigantic 400-pound Peep is dropped at precisely 5:15 p.m., followed by a colorful fireworks display. The massive Peep is made out of fiberglass and therefore, unfortunately, it is inedible. However, the big yellow icon is still a joy to see and something locals look forward to at the end of every year. https://www.instagram.com/p/xFFif8vEEj/?tagged=moonpieovermobile 2. A Moonpie (Mobile, Alabama)…

Lobster, cupcake and lettuce among new emoji crop

Texters prepare. A mega-emoji update is coming from Apple soon, and there looks to be a lot for foodies to look forward to. Food & Wine reports that the emoji update will roll out something in “August or September,” but there hasn’t been a confirmed time frame as of yet. It’s been more than a year since discussion of the new emojis began, but there hadn’t been any buzz, until now. Apple didn’t reveal what each of the 70 new emojis will be, but among them is a vanilla cupcake, a red lobster, a very realistic looking mango, and a bunch of lettuce — although it could also be bok choy, a type of Chinese cabbage. Either way, there will be a leafy green looking option. There’s also what appears to be a mooncake, a traditional Chinese dessert served during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Other non-food related emojis expected to hit include…

7 myths about apple cider vinegar you probably believe

Losing weight usually comes down to eating healthy and incorporating fat-burning workouts into your regular routine. But after sweating at the gym every day and meal prepping bland chicken breasts for weeks, it’s easy to want to see drastic results right away. Unfortunately, that’s not how things work. Results can be incredibly slow, so it’s easy for impatient people to turn to supplements. Enter apple cider vinegar, which has earned a reputation for everything from fat-burning to curing diabetes. While there are plenty of potential pros associated with the substance, there’s no need to swallow spoonfuls of the stuff every morning. So what is actually true about the tonic? Before adding apple cider vinegar to your daily diet, read below to separate fact from fiction. Myth: It helps you lose weight fast.  There is not much science to back the claim that apple cider vinegar kick starts the metabolic process that results in…

Delightfully crispy apple cinnamon chips

Apple cinnamon chips take such little effort, I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t tried to make them before. I guess because I usually try to stay away from dehydrating foods. The thought of leaving my oven on for eight hours makes me (irrationally) nervous, but these take just about two hours. I can deal with that. And to maximize the oven’s energy, you can load up as many cookie sheets or baking dishes with apple slices as you can fit. I had a whole bag of apples left that were originally intended for more apple sauce, but I was feeling more creative than that. I washed and sliced up my mixed bag of apples, coated them with cinnamon and a hint of sugar, and popped them in the oven. These chips are a naturally healthy snack. For a completely guilt-free chip, leave off the sugar. Seriously. They’re tasty and sweet as-is. You’ll love them…

Creamy apple crisp smoothie

The four pecks of apples in my house have me coming up with all kinds of uses for them. Canning, pies, cobblers. But whatever I do, it doesn’t seem to make a dent in the bushel. At least I’m getting some great recipes from my race against the clock with my apples’ expiration date. I usually prefer to juice my extra apples. They add the perfect sweetness to celery, ginger juice, among others. But I decided to try something new this year and add them to the blender for a smoothie. Made with farm fresh apples, tart Greek yogurt, old-fashioned oats, milk and cinnamon, this creamy concoction mimics the taste of apple cobbler without coming close in calorie count. And it’s is a much healthier start to your day than a dessert. Depending on how good your blender is, you may want to chop the almonds ahead of time. Also, leave the apple skin on. No one…

Here are the new food emojis coming to your iPhone

The novelty of the burrito has barely worn off, and already the tech gods are giving us new emojis to express our true feelings. That’s right. Apple is rolling out new emojis with iOS 11.1. In total, Apple is releasing 56 new emojis along with updates for some of the current emojis. Many of the updates will people people who sought to have emojis more inclusive of neutral genders and ages. According to Apple, the emojis “will be in next week’s developer and public beta seeds and debut in upcoming software updates for iOS, WatchOS and MacOS.” Since telling people what we’re eating in the most important use for emojis, here are a few new food emojis to look forward to sharing: A Sandwich: A dumpling: A coconut: meat: pie: takeout: broccoli: canned vegetables: a fortune cookie: A pretzel: Which one are you most excited for? Other exciting emojis include a mermaid,…

Apple, brie soup with walnut crumble

It’s officially soup season. I’ve been going through a pot about every two or three days. Most times I make my own recipes inspired by whatever I have in the fridge. But to ignore other cooks out there, is to miss out on the fun of sharing ideas — and some really fantastic food, too. The name had so many craveable ingredients — brie, cheddar, walnuts, maple, apple cider — I had to try it for myself. Here is an apple, brie soup recipe I borrowed and altered a bit for my liking. It’s vegetarian and has a healthy punch from the flax and walnuts. Hope you enjoy as much as I did. *This soup would pair well with a roast beef or portobello sandwich. Apple, brie soup with walnut crumble Serves about 6 Soup Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried) 2 cups…

Places to pick your own apples and pumpkins near Pittsburgh

Well, that was fast. Summer is officially over, and soon the air will become chilly and night longer. But while you were out having fun in the sun, local farmers were tending to their pumpkin patches and apple orchards, so they’re ready to meet the demand of the new season. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, you’re lucky to have a handful of places to pick your own (PYO) apples and pumpkins right from the farm. Many of the pick your own below farms are hosting fall festivals too, so be sure to call ahead or visit online if you want to attend on a day where your family can participate in other fall favorite activities like hayrides and corn mazes — usually held on weekends through the end of October. So grab a jug of apple cider, and head out in to a local farm for some old fashioned fall…

15 Festive fall cocktails to make with apple cider

Apple cider is everywhere this time of year, so why not pick up some extra and enjoy it in a cocktail? Apples easily pair well with just about any alcohol, so whatever your vice, there’s probably a festive fall version. Here are 15 fall apple cider cocktails you’ll have to try this season. Apple Cider Moscow Mule Here’s an adult way to enjoy that apple cider. Just add citron vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and a touch of cinnamon. Bonus points for having the trendy cups, but any container will do. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/493847915372994041/ Apple Cider Sangria This is the perfect “make-ahead” drink when you have a bunch of friends coming over and want to share — or maybe not. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/417920040400628178/ Apple Cider Mimosas This “recipe” is as simple as it gets. Champagne and apple cider — but why mess with a good thing? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/176273772894955021/ Spiked Apple Cider Apple cider with an adult twist. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645279754913/ Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail…