America’s Secret Ingredient Recipe Contest

Maybe it’s because I’m a teacher, but I’ve always liked apples. As a kid I drank apple juice and ate applesauce on a daily basis. I remember learning early on that applesauce can be substituted for the oil in a lot of recipes, which takes some of the guilt out of many desserts. I add apple juice to marinades, and have a great no-bake cookie recipe that features apple juice. All of my recipes were invented by someone else, but if you are a bit more creative, this contest may be of interest to you:

To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, Tree Top, a co-op owned by over 1,000 apple and pear groweres has launched a special recipe contest to showcase what the humble apple can do.

Visit for official entry rules, and to enter your favorite recipe featuring apples. Entries may be submitted until July 26, 2010.

The grand prize is a trip for to the Big Apple (get it?) to the Food Network’s New York City Wine and Food Festival (how cool would that be?) this October.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Tree Top and received Tree Top samples to facilitate my review. Mom Central also sent me gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”