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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Here’s a tasty cold weather treat that will leave you begging for more. This apple oat coffee cake tastes great when it first comes out of the oven (or you can always heat it up again when you’re ready to have a piece later). Not only that, it is also complemented quite well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

You have to start off by making the crumb topping. Simply mix 3 tablespoons margarine (or light butter), 1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 1/4 cup chopped nuts together in a small bowl. I think chopped walnuts go for the crumb topping.

After you’ve created the yummy part, you can start mixing the other ingredients together…

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine (or light butter), softened
  • 1 cup skim milk (or soy milk)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup fat free egg product or 2 egg whites
  • 2 medium apples, chopped (2 cups)

Step one: Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square baking pan and set aside.

Step two: Mix all ingredients, except for apples, together in a large bowl. You can use an electric mixer if you wish. When all is mixed well, add the apple pieces.

Step three: Spread half the batter into the pan, then sprinkle with half of the crumb topping. Repeat with the remaining half of batter, then add the last of the topping.

Step four: Bake for 45 minutes until a toothpick or clean knife inserted in center comes out clean. Then, cut into 12 pieces. If you want, you can add apple slices to the top of each piece for a lavish look. Of course, it is tastier to eat when it’s fresh out of the oven.

For all you health nuts out there, each slice is only 270 calories. It really fills you up, too. This is a great winter treat!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Gosh, I can’t believe it’s December 1st already. Where has this year gone to so quickly? In keeping with this theme, I must continue by saying that the weather sucks. It sucks. Constantly being cold makes me want to hibernate in my bedroom with the heat turned way up and ten blankets on top of me. For good or for bad (mostly bad), it also makes me want to eat comfort foods all the time.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite winter comfort foods. You can access the recipes for each by clicking on their links.

5) Mississippi Mud Cheesecake – If you’re a chocolate and nut lover, you will go crazy for this cheesecake. It’s full of delicious ingredients, like pecans, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Mmm.

4) Apple Crisp – There’s nothing like the taste of those warm baked apples with sugary sweet crumbs on top. I’ve had a craving for this lately — it would probably make a good dessert at your Holiday table this year.

5) Chili – Here’s a nice weight watchers chili recipe. They actually have quite good taste when it comes to psuedo-healthy chili. However, the last time I made mine, I threw some salsa in the crockpot, too.

2) Layered Nacho Dip – There’s nothing I love more than eating tortilla chips with some sort of dip…and lots of cheese.

Good lord is this fattening, but my god, it sure is good.

1) Kelly Fries – There really is no set recipe for this, but it’s easy. Just cook a bag of french fries on an oven tray and then melt cheese and gravy on top. It’s to die for…literally. (There’s probably enough fat and calories in this to give someone a mild heart attack.) This dish originated in Canada, where it is affectionately called “poutine.”

If you decide to make any of these treats, at least try to make it outside a few times for a run or a walk around the neighborhood. (Keyword being “try.”) They could seriously pack on some pounds. Good luck, winter-hating hibernators.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Be sure to check out the free festival this weekend. Photo from bethelwoodscenter.org.

Be sure to check out the free festival this weekend. Photo from bethelwoodscenter.org.

Even though it’s still summer, it certainly feels more like fall. Many autumn changes have begun to take place everywhere. The leaves are beginning to change colors, farm stands now have pumpkins, gourds, and apples for sale, and you can even see your breath on cold nights.

I’d say it’s a good time for a nice Harvest Festival.

This upcoming weekend, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will be having their Harvest Fest on Sunday from 11 to 4 pm. (To reiterate on previous blog posts, Bethel Woods is the original site of Woodstock 1969.) The venue will be calling their celebration the Mountain Music Festival, as they will be hosting various bluegrass and old time American music performers throughout the day.

The musicians providing free music are: Jesse Kitzmiller, Anne Loeb and Mike Baglione, Two Steps Back, North Country, and D.R.E.A.M Tank Tub Band.

This is actually the 11th annual Harvest Festival for the town, and it also includes a farmers market (which happens to be open every Sunday). Besides that, there are arts and crafts, pony rides, scarecrows, corn mazes and various workshops.

This FREE festival certainly is offering a lot. It would be silly not to go! I’ll follow this up with a review when I get back this weekend. 🙂

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