Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Grated apples combine with creamy peanut butter to create a fun and unique spin on a classic combination. Serve these Apple Peanut Butter Cookies alongside a glass of ice cold milk and you have the perfect after-school snack for a chilly fall day. Sometimes recipe inspiration comes from the most mundane and random of places. …

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Grated apples combine with creamy peanut butter to create a fun and unique spin on a classic combination. Serve these Apple Peanut Butter Cookies alongside a glass of ice cold milk and you have the perfect after-school snack for a chilly fall day.

5 apple peanut butter cookies stacked on a white plate. The top cookie has a bite taken out of it

Sometimes recipe inspiration comes from the most mundane and random of places.

Like slicing up and apple and giving it to your kid alongside a big spoonful of peanut butter when she gets home from school.

I love peanut butter and usually think about pairing it with jelly (in Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars) or chocolate (in Peanut Butter Cup Cookies), but serving Elle her after-school snack made me think about how well peanut butter goes with apples!

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Apple Pear Crisp

Apple Pear Crisp combines tart apples and sweet pears for a delightful take on the traditional fall crisp.  As soon the temperatures turn fall-like, Apple Crisp automatically becomes the most popular dessert in our house. And because of that, I always have the essentials on hand to make it on a whim. My husband happened …

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Apple Pear Crisp combines tart apples and sweet pears for a delightful take on the traditional fall crisp. 

Bowl of apple pear crisp, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, next to a glass of milk

As soon the temperatures turn fall-like, Apple Crisp automatically becomes the most popular dessert in our house. And because of that, I always have the essentials on hand to make it on a whim.

My husband happened to pick up a bag full of beautiful pears from our local fruit stand, but they started to ripen way quicker than we could eat them, so I decided to put them to good use and whipped up this Apple Pear Crisp over the weekend.

We love to serve Apple Pear Crisp with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce, but it’s perfectly delicious on its own, or with a little dollop of homemade whipped cream.

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Malt Loaf Is the Must-Try Recipe From ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Last Friday, The Great British Bake Off celebrated the start of its twelfth season on Netflix the only way bakers know how to do—with cake! Twelve home bakers participated in the first week of competition with mini rolls, malt loaves, and gravity-defyi…

Last Friday, The Great British Bake Off celebrated the start of its twelfth season on Netflix the only way bakers know how to do—with cake! Twelve home bakers participated in the first week of competition with mini rolls, malt loaves, and gravity-defying cakes. Wait...what’s a malt loaf? If you’re asking that question, you’re not alone. Nearly every contestant on GBBO asked the same question. Ahead, we’re explaining what this British tea-time treat is and which bakers rose—and which sank—during the first episode of Season 12.

What Is a Malt Loaf?

Think of a malt loaf as a richer, denser fruit cake. Prue Leith, a judge on The Great British Bake Off, makes her malt loaf with freshly brewed black tea, raisins, pitted prunes, malt extract, black treacle, and dark muscovado sugar (in addition to other pantry staples like flour, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, and butter). “This is a really old-fashioned recipe and those of you who are under 35 may never have heard of it. But don’t panic, just read the recipe,” said Leith to the contestants. A wise lesson to all home bakers who enter unfamiliar territory in the kitchen.

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Easy Overnight Oats

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but mornings are often hectic, making it hard to cook, sit down, and eat a good meal. Overnight Oats are one of my favorite breakfasts because you can make them the night before and eat them on-the-go! T…

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but mornings are often hectic, making it hard to cook, sit down, and eat a good meal. Overnight Oats are one of my favorite breakfasts because you can make them the night before and eat them on-the-go! These healthy no-cook oats are creamy, delicious, and will…

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Orange Fruit Dip

Orange Fruit Dip is sweet, tangy, and popping with the flavors of orange! This dip is perfect for pairing with your favorite fruits. Earlier this week, I actually went shopping inside our local grocery store instead of doing curbside pickup. I’ve definitely popped into the store here and there to pickup a couple of random …

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Orange Fruit Dip is sweet, tangy, and popping with the flavors of orange! This dip is perfect for pairing with your favorite fruits.

Bowl of orange fruit dip set on a platter of fresh fruit

Earlier this week, I actually went shopping inside our local grocery store instead of doing curbside pickup. I’ve definitely popped into the store here and there to pickup a couple of random items, but I haven’t done a complete in-store shop in what seems like forever.

I spent way to much time browsing the aisles to check out all of the new items. When I came upon the produce section, I loaded my cart with way more fresh fruit than we needed, but I couldn’t resist because everything looked so good!

Once I came home and washed and prepped everything, I decided to whip up this Orange Fruit Dip to serve up with all of the gorgeous berries, peaches, nectarines, pineapple and oranges that I picked up

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How to Take a Cheese Plate on the Go

Whether you’re camping, road-tripping, picnicking, or spending time at the beach, a cheese plate by your side is always a welcome snack. I might be biased, but I love enjoying a plethora of great cheese and cured meat in any scenery, all year round. Ho…

Whether you’re camping, road-tripping, picnicking, or spending time at the beach, a cheese plate by your side is always a welcome snack. I might be biased, but I love enjoying a plethora of great cheese and cured meat in any scenery, all year round. However, my typical, carefully designed plates aren’t exactly simple to transport, especially when planning to enjoy them on the go. To keep your beautiful, cheesy creations intact outside the confines of your home, here are six tips.

1. Pick a Secure Base

When you’re out and about, forget about fancy platters or boards. I like to build my cheese plate directly in a wide reusable container or to-go box (you can even find boxes made specifically for this use). This way, everything is packed in and ready to eat once you arrive at your destination. It takes some extra work to bring all of the items separately to build on the spot, so arranging the plate beforehand saves a lot of time and eliminates the need for excess supplies, like a cutting board, sharp knife, and extra food packaging.

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Fun Facts About Peaches to Tell All Your Friends

Every month, Melina Hammer, Food52’s very own Hudson Valley correspondent, is serving up all the bounty that upstate New York has to offer.

At its best, a peach must be eaten over the sink, juices dripping down your arm. At its worst, a peach is mea…

Every month, Melina Hammer, Food52's very own Hudson Valley correspondent, is serving up all the bounty that upstate New York has to offer.


At its best, a peach must be eaten over the sink, juices dripping down your arm. At its worst, a peach is mealy and dry. To guarantee the first, seek out local peaches, which have been tree-ripened—they’ve spent more time growing to their fullest, plumpest size and are harvested just before being brought to market.

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Why Are There So Many Salmonella Recalls?

If it seems like every week you’re reading about a food recall due to a salmonella outbreak, well, that’s because you are. In July and August alone, there have been recalls of blueberries, raw carrots, frozen breaded chicken products, frozen cooked shrimp, dry spice blends, and packaged salad greens, all due to salmonella outbreaks. These recalls are covered widely and frequently but rarely do we hear how we’ve gotten to this point…and where we go from here. How does salmonella get into McCormick seasoning blends? Why is chicken so often the culprit? Does cooking get rid of salmonella? I spoke with several food safety experts about how we’ve gotten to the point of weekly recalls and what this means for the future of food production.

What Is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a naturally occurring bacteria commonly found in birds, such as chickens. It’s similar to the gut bacteria that humans naturally have. It is not inherently dangerous to birds or humans, but it can spread easily when anyone handling food or produce does not practice proper hygiene or safe cooking practices, which leads to the severe illnesses that we so often hear about. By definition, salmonella is a group of bacteria called salmonellosis that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are over 2,000 strains of salmonella that are named based on where they were discovered.

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If it seems like every week you’re reading about a food recall due to a salmonella outbreak, well, that’s because you are. In July and August alone, there have been recalls of blueberries, raw carrots, frozen breaded chicken products, frozen cooked shrimp, dry spice blends, and packaged salad greens, all due to salmonella outbreaks. These recalls are covered widely and frequently but rarely do we hear how we’ve gotten to this point...and where we go from here. How does salmonella get into McCormick seasoning blends? Why is chicken so often the culprit? Does cooking get rid of salmonella? I spoke with several food safety experts about how we’ve gotten to the point of weekly recalls and what this means for the future of food production.

What Is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a naturally occurring bacteria commonly found in birds, such as chickens. It’s similar to the gut bacteria that humans naturally have. It is not inherently dangerous to birds or humans, but it can spread easily when anyone handling food or produce does not practice proper hygiene or safe cooking practices, which leads to the severe illnesses that we so often hear about. By definition, salmonella is a group of bacteria called salmonellosis that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are over 2,000 strains of salmonella that are named based on where they were discovered.

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3 Brand-New Tomato Varieties You Need to Know About

There are just a few short weeks when tomatoes are really, really good. They’re abundant at farmers’ markets and co-ops, actually flavorful, and offer the perfect balance of juiciness and crispness. And every year, it seems, there’s an escalating battl…

There are just a few short weeks when tomatoes are really, really good. They’re abundant at farmers’ markets and co-ops, actually flavorful, and offer the perfect balance of juiciness and crispness. And every year, it seems, there’s an escalating battle for the most interesting and flavorful new varieties. This year, there are three new contenders: Baldor Specialty Foods, a restaurant supplier that pivoted to retail groceries during the pandemic, announced the launch of three new varieties of tomatoes—Canestrino, Brad’s Atomic Grape, and Row 7 Midnight Roma tomatoes.

This isn’t the first time consumers have gotten excited about a new breed of produce—in the past, you’ve gotten a taste of cotton candy-flavored grapes, pink pineapple, and a notably juicy, crisp red apple like the Cosmic Crisp. But there’s something about getting extra-special tomatoes during peak tomato season. So what’s the deal with these new varieties? After years (and I mean years!) of development, I’m sharing what you need to know about three tomatoes. They’re simply begging to be layered with a schmear of mayo on sourdough bread, blistered with olive oil and garlic, or cooked down for house into a rich sauce that rivals your grandmother’s.

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So, You’re Pregnant—Here’s What’s Safe to Eat & Drink

You’re pregnant, congrats! What a wild, joyful, cosmic, overwhelming, incredible, uncertain, life-altering experience pregnancy and motherhood can be. When you’re pregnant, there’s enough to think about without wondering about what’s safe to eat, yet…


You’re pregnant, congrats! What a wild, joyful, cosmic, overwhelming, incredible, uncertain, life-altering experience pregnancy and motherhood can be. When you're pregnant, there's enough to think about without wondering about what's safe to eat, yet here we are.

Fact is, whether you’re pregnant or not, essentially all food can pose some kind of risk, from E. coli–tainted leafy greens to accidentally undercooked meat. With this in mind, it’s best to take a balanced approach to risk and benefit when choosing ingredients for pregnancy-safe recipes—maximizing taste, nutrition, and variety.

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