One of the aspects I love about the country we live in is that all of the produce is super fresh. It is picked the day before, or even early in the morning the day that it is brought to market. We tend to eat vegetables with the seasons, since whatever is available and freshest is what we buy for lunch that day. This is true in America to some extent as well, but it's not quite the same since produce comes in from all over and if you are willing to pay for it, you can buy good quality fruits and vegetables even in their off season. In this country, no one stores much food (as opposed to Americans who tend to stock their pantries quite well). Instead, what is needed for that day or two days is bought, cooked, and eaten. (This is also why the refrigerators, freezers, and kitchen cupboards tend to be quite small or nonexistent! But I digress . . . )
Now that fall has arrived and there is a definite chill in the air, it's apple time! Apples are being sold everywhere: on the street corners, in the usual fruit stands, from the backs of pick-up trucks, you name it! We've already enjoyed eating some fresh apples in hand or baked into a crisp. But tonight I wanted to share with you a super-easy apple dip recipe made with an unlikely ingredient: cream cheese.
You will need:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix these thoroughly with a hand mixer until smooth and lightened in texture. Then serve with fresh apples. It's easy and delicious!