Fall weather.  Crisp apples.  Ceramic dishes.  Yep, it’s getting closer to the snuggle season, and that makes me a happy camper.  I’m so completely OVER summer, are you?  I love that feeling of being both slightly chilled and warmed by the sun all at the same time.  This feeling only happens during Autumn when I the sun is still shining, albeit lower in the sky.

Fall also means cooking season begins.  Double yay!  I kicked off this past week by prepping for my Davis Coop Cooking class called “Stuffed with Goodness”.    Between the stuffed sweet potatoes, stuffed zucchini boats, baked apples and stuffed peppers the eatin’ was good in the Tryon household this weekend.

I want to share the recipe for stuffed apples because it’s so easy and so delicious.  Sorry no pics.  My camera is apparently on strike and I’ve yet  to succomb to the world of the SmartPhone.  Yep, dumb phone city for me still.  I’m debating a smartphone but do I really need another way to stay dialed in?  Yes.  I do.  I know it.  You don’t need to remind me.  Just the ability alone to upload pics to the blog will be work it.

But, I digress.  Back to my point.  Before I share the recipe for baked apples, which by the way, are a great pre-snuggle dessert to enjoy before curling up with your honey to watch a movie, I want to share something else awesome I found.

For the first time I  went to check out the blog of the Pioneer Woman.  Finally, right?  I know!  She’s fantastic.  Talk about snuggle-fest.  Between the amazingly adorable kittens, children, and her  ‘to die for’ kitchen drawers for flours and sugars, I got all warm and tingly inside.  Yes, just like when I snuggle 😉  If you aren’t familiar with her, she’s endearing right from the very start.  She writes like she’s your best friend and she can cook like a  champ, which always means a solid thumbs up from my vantage point.

Okay, so first put these baked apples in the oven and then go visit Pioneer Woman.  You’ll melt, I promise.

Baked apples for 4
4 Braeburn apples, cored but not all the way to the bottom
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tsp each: cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 tsp each: ginger and cloves
1/4 cup additional honey
1/2 cup thick lowfat Greek yogurt.

Mix the honey, nuts and spices together in a bowl.  Fill each apple with the mix and let it topple out a bit.  Drizzle a bit of honey across the top of each apple.  Bake covered fat 350 for 40 minutes.  Uncover and broil for 5 minutes, getting the tops carmalized.   Meanwhile mix the additional honey with the yogurt.  Chill.  Once apples are removed, add a generous dollop of yogurt mix to the apples and enjoy.

Did I mention that this dessert is Low-fat and gluten-free? Yeah!