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Tips and Tricks for Baking with Apples

September is pretty much the best month of the year. It’s the start of fall (even though Houston doesn’t get much fall, it still technically starts this month), it’s my birthday month, and apples are in season. Everyone else gets psyched for pumpkin this month, but I am all about apples. I am a huge fan of fruit desserts, especially apple ones. So this month we are covering apples in depth, including their perfect wine pairings. Check out next week’s post for my recommendations on wines to pair with apple desserts! This week we’ll talk about baking with apples. Apples are incredibly forgiving and can be absolutely delicious in a variety of ways. There are just a few things to keep in mind when you are baking with them.

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Harvest Time

Happy harvest time, everyone! Yes, September is high harvest time in many parts of the world. This is a very important time in the wine production cycle. Vineyard managers must determine the exact time to pick the grapes- too early and they may be too acidic; too late and they may be too sweet. Warmer climates can start harvesting earlier (warmer weather=faster ripening), as early as July in some places, including Cyprus and Texas. Most other areas in the Northern Hemisphere harvest in late August to early October.

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie

I have no idea why, but I have been craving an old-fashioned strawberry pie for months. I’ve never had one but I LOVE strawberries and I LOVE pie, so it just makes sense that I would LOVE strawberry pie. The thing is, old-fashioned strawberry pies really aren’t that common. When you search for a strawberry pie online, it’s a lot easier to find cold strawberry pies than hot ones. Let me just tell you, the world is missing out on this. Old-fashioned strawberry pie is sweet, juicy, and amazing served warm, possibly with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on the side.

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Must Try Houston Wine Bars

One of the things I love about Houston is that we have a huge variety of everything, including wine bars. Are you into an upscale, Euro-centric experience? There’s a wine bar for that. How about a neighborhood bar with gobs of history and great wine? We have one of those, too. Are you overwhelmed by the choices? That’s okay because I have some favorites that I am so excited to share with you! Although my favorite wine bars each have their own take on wine, they all have one thing in common: They enjoy wine, they enjoy sharing it with you, and they are all about having fun with wine.

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A Berry Delicious Classic- Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This week’s strawberry flavored dessert is a classic: chocolate covered strawberries. These babies are sure to please any sweet tooth with the sweet berry coated in decadent chocolate. The beauty of these berries is they only require a few ingredients and you don’t even have to turn on the stove if you don’t want to. And you can change up the type of chocolate used so they’re always exciting and delicious.

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